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November 20, 2013 Vocalist-keyboardist Emily Haines and guitarist James Shaw discuss how the evolution of Toronto's music scene helped foster the band's success. Hear the two perform a stripped-down set of songs from Metric's latest album, Synthetica, for this Sense of Place feature.
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Metric's new album, its second on the band's own label, is titled Synthetica. Left to right: Joshua Winstead, Emily Haines, James Shaw, Joules Scott-Key.
June 30, 2012 The new album Synthetica is the second to be released by the group's own distribution company, Metric Music International. "There's one band at the center of that whole organization — and it's us," says lead singer Emily Haines.
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Metric performs for a Field Recording backstage at Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA on May 26, 2012.
June 20, 2012 Stripped of an electric guitar and moody reverb, Metric singer Emily Haines and guitarist James Shaw perform a version of "Synthetica" pretty enough to challenge the sweeping sunset behind them.
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June 18, 2012 Hear five tunes that have quickly become staples on the left-hand side of the radio dial. Download music from Metric, Lianne La Havas and three more up-and-coming artists.
December 7, 2009 We could tell early on that 2009 was going to be an outstanding year for music. Bands such as Animal Collective, Andrew Bird, Bon Iver and Antony and the Johnsons all released new albums, and that was just in January. By the time we posted our online ballot to vote for the year's best music, we had a dizzying array of albums and artists from which to choose. Here are the top 25, as selected by All Songs Considered listeners.
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June 18, 2009 After a relentless tour in support of the 2005 album Live It Out, the members of Metric scattered to work on their own projects. Four years later, the Canadian group is back with its fourth studio disc, Fantasies. The album is the centerpiece of a full concert by the band, recorded live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
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June 6, 2009 NPR Music's Song of the Day features a new track every weekday, with analysis of the music, links to each artist's Web sites and, of course, a chance to hear the song itself. Here, Song of the Day editor Stephen Thompson talks about recent selections by Metric, Magnolia Electric Co., Booker T. Jones and Levon Helm.
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June 5, 2009 Metric's songs are like candy-coated insects: Once you crack their sugary shells, they're not as sweetly inviting as they appear on the surface. It's clear from the opening seconds of "Sick Muse" that acerbity will reign amid all the cheerfully buzzing guitars and "aaaaah"-ing backup vocals.
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