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“Five seconds into the future will be five seconds in the past once you finish reading this sentence,” goes the press sheet for Brooklyn-cum-Toronto-cum-L.A. quartet Metric. But it’s never too late for the group’s 2003 debut, Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? It doesn’t hurt that the group is fronted by the impossibly cool singer, songwriter, and synther Emily Haines, whose all-over-the-register New Wave quaking makes me want to thicken my eyeliner. And it also doesn’t hurt that she and songwriting partner and guitarist James Shaw have worked with Broken Social Scene. But, ultimately, that’s all just trivia. With rhythm section Josh Winstead (bass) and Joules Scott-Key (drums; no relation to Francis), the band fills the corners of its angular melodies to bursting with smart lyrics and infectious beats. Metric plays with Sea Ray and the Stills at 9:30 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $15. (703) 218-6500. (Anne Marson)

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