City Paper is not for tourists
Now on its sixth studio album and well into its second decade of performing, Canadian rock band Metric’s sound has wandered into dancey electronic territory, even though its members have never given up their deep affection for their synth roots. The group’s compositions can often sound as if Courtney Love threw up on a Depeche Mode song, blending that brassy girl angst with dizzying electronic waves. Despite its increasingly pop-like sound, the band enters the future dragging its heels, with lead singer Emily Haines lamenting the fact she has to use email to connect with other artists. “We know our band is pre-iPhones, man,” Haines said in a Time interview last year. “We’re pre-everything.” Still, her sharp self-awareness keeps her from getting too mawkish with her lyrics and lends her infectious songs plenty of energy. At this point, Metric is basically the musical equivalent of a Buzzfeed listicle. You read it in shame but devour it for all its colorful familiarity. Metric performs with Joywave at 8 p.m. at The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $31. (301) 960-9999. fillmoresilverspring.com.