Although Metric, the Canadian new-wavoid quartet that is rapidly becoming an industry unto itself, has no new studio material on the shelves, the band is out on the road in North America for the first time in 18 months. Metric reportedly will be road testing new material for their next album, due in 2008. Meanwhile, there has been plenty of news in the interim, including something old—the summer release of Metric's never-issued debut album, 1999's Grow Up and Blow Away (Last Gang). An engaging mix of many elements that would surface on later albums, Grow Up is full of arch electronics, insinuating melodies, moody pop intrigues, and sly vocals from Emily Haines, even while guitarist Jimmy Shaw is a bit uncharacteristically reserved. Haines, of course, toured with her solo debut, Knives Don't Have Your Back, during the Metric hiatus, and an EP of additional tunes from that session—What Is Free to a Good Home?—also hit the streets this summer (as did an album from bassist Joshua Winstead and drummer Joules Scott-Key, under the moniker Bang Lime). Opening here will be Crystal Castles, a Toronto-based electro duo. 18+.
Wed., Sept. 26, 8 p.m., 2007