805 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)
Picking up the slick New Wave torch from forebears like Blondie, Metric have been a big deal in their native Canada since the early 2000s, but didn't hit huge stateside until 2009's Fantasies. Their fifth album and hotly anticipated follow-up, Synthetica, shows the quartet confidently embracing stardom on a set of epic and bold tunes clearly meant for big stages and blockbuster-movie soundtrack placement (apropos seeing as they were already prominently featured in Twilight Saga: Eclipse). The title is a bit of a misnomer, however, as there's plenty of barbed six-string action in addition to the expected array of '80s-indebted keyboards and Emily Haines's always on-point ice-queen vocals. With Half Moon Run. All Ages, $34, 7:30 p.m., 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612.339.7007.
Tue., Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m., 2012