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In the mood for some Casio courtesy of Stars?

Stars have announced their fall North American tour in support of their sixth full-length album, The North, which will be released on September 4 via ATO Records.Very exciting news indeed and it is further exciting to know they will be touring for part of that time with another loved band Metric.

Fans who purchase tickets for any of the US headlining shows will receive a digital copy of the album on release day and an instant download of “The Theory of Relativity”. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 13 and can be purchased on www.youarestars.com.

The North was recorded in Montreal’s historic RCA Victor Studios and was produced by Stars, Graham Lessard and Marcus Paquin (Arcade Fire). Stars shared the first album track “The Theory of Relativity” last month and you can stream it here.

Upcoming North American Tour Dates

9/20 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall

9/21 – Boston, MA – Paradise

9/22 – New York, NY – Webster Hall

9/23 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

9/25 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater

9/26 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

9/27 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre

9/28 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse

9/29 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge

10/2 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall

10/3 – Cincinnati, OH – 20th Century Theatre

10/4 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe @ Old National Centre

10/5 – St. Louis, MO – Plush

10/6 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note

10/9 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck

10/10 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom

10/11 – Little Rock, AR – Revolution Music Room

10/12 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Upstairs

10/13 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre

10/14 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits *

10/17 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues

10/18 – Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theater

10/19 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre

10/20 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

11/7 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theatre

11/8 – Seattle, WA – Showbox

11/9 – Victoria, BC – Save on Centre # *

11/10 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena # *

11/12 – Kelowna, BC – Prospera Place # *

11/14 – Calgary, AB – Stampede Corral # *

11/15 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place # *

11/17 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre # *

11/19 – London, ON – John Labatt Centre # *

11/23 – Kingston, ON – K-Rock Centre # *

11/24 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre # *

* – ticket does not include album download

# – with Metric

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Metric’s New Record, Synthetica, Out June 12

METRIC has revealed further details surrounding the release of their fifth, full-length studio album Synthetica.

Synthetica will be self-released globally on the band’s own label (MMI), through a collection of joint venture partnerships and enhanced distribution deals with companies including Mom + Pop Music in the USA, ATC Management in the UK, PIAS for continental Europe, Asia and Africa, Universal Music in Canada, Arts & Crafts in Mexico, Lab 344 in South America and Create/Control for Australia & New Zealand.

Titles for the 11 songs that make up the album are available now and noted in sequence below. Lead single “Youth Without Youth” will be released digitally throughout North America on May 1st.


1. Artificial Nocturne

2. Youth Without Youth

3. Speed The Collapse

4. Breathing Underwater

5. Drums So Real

6. Lost Kitten

7. The Void

8. Synthetica

9. Clone

10. The Wanderlust

11. Nothing But Time

 Strong beats and futuristic, yet organic sounds propell this new album forward. The first sound you hear on Syntheticas lead track, “Artificial Nocturne” is a pulsating, grimy throb. It returns as the anchor on gut-wrenching meditation “Dreams So Real,” as well as hypnotic morality twister and album closer, “Nothing But Time.”  According to Shaw, “That sound is the foundation of the album. Oddly enough, it’s actually not a synthesizer. It’s a ’60s organ played through a homemade pedal dreamed up by a local wizard who posted an ad on Craiglist. Together they set the emotional tone for the whole record.” In all, fans can expect a powerful, catchy, and lyrically captivating new album from the band.

The gorgeous album art by Toronto-based photographer/designer Justin Broadbent, depicting an inverted window in an upside-down world, is a fitting cover image to capture the complexity of the music within. “We wanted the artwork for Synthetica to be thought provoking and a little disorienting, an optical illusion which asks you to stop for a moment and consider what you are looking at,” says lead singer Emily Haines. “We were very influenced by images from the Radical architecture movement of the 1960s, and Justin’s representation of the natural world seen through a physically impossible window – or is it a stage? –  struck us immediately as the right cover for this album.”

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Metric to Release Remix Album Created by Fans

How do you feel about bands that release entire albums of remixed material? I have always thought it was kind of lazy. Especially since a lot of music these days is entirely over produced anyway, so when you do ahead and release a remix it’s essentially just another “production” of something that “once was” anyway.

However, METRIC has done something a little bit different here. Or shall we say, their fans have. Fans of METRIC were called to create remixes of the Fantasies album and they came through in such a big way that METRIC is releasing an album of fan-creations.

METRIC is pleased to announce the release of their remix album Fantasies Flashbacks, comprised entirely of fan-created remixes of songs from the band’s critically and commercially acclaimed 2009 album Fantasies.

Late last year, METRIC elected to work with Indaba Music when the online musician community offered to provide a platform to launch an innovative crowd-sourced remix contest which ultimately yielded thousands of submissions.

Overwhelmed by the quantity and quality of the remixes, in an effort to honor their fans’ abundant talents and creativity, METRIC compiled a list of their personal favorites and decided to release them as part of this Fantasies Flashbacks deluxe, limited-edition vinyl box set, with all proceeds to be donated to the Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

Slated for release on October 11th, 2011, the package will contain:

  • 10 x 7″ vinyl singles, each containing an original song from Fantasies and the associated winning remix from the Indaba Music contest;
  • A PlayButton digital music player pre-loaded with (the same) 10 winning remixes (one of the first new notable commercial releases available on PlayButton);
  • A digital download code redeemable for all music from the 7″ singles (20 tracks including the original studio album version of Fantasies), plus an additional 11 of the band’s favorite remixes. In total this is 31 songs or over 80 minutes of music;
  • Two 6″ x 6″, two-sided color inserts featuring fan-created artwork/imagery, track listing, credits and information about the genesis of the remix album and the charitable tie-in with CAMH;
  • A limited edition 18″ x 24″ glossy METRIC poster;
  • A custom box housing everything listed above.

Fans may also pre-order the limited edition deluxe physical package effectively immediately, while supplies last from METRIC’s online store. By purchasing directly from Metric, fans will receive a 15% discount from the suggested retail list price plus 3 exclusive bonus tracks not available on the retail version of the album.

Metric Debuts “Black Sheep” Music Video

The official music video for “Black Sheep” by Metric from the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Soundtrack is now available for all to see! The video was shot when Metric performed “Black Sheep” in July 2010 at Comic-Con in San Diego after a surprise screening of Scott Pilgrim with the director and cast. The soundtrack is an audio manifestation of the exploits seen in the action-comedy directed by genre-smashing filmmaker Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) and starring Michael Cera (Juno, Superbad). Nigel Godrich, the celebrated producer who has worked on albums by Radiohead, Beck, Paul McCartney, Travis and many others, serves as executive producer on the soundtrack.

And so an album that began its life as an acoustic jam session in the bucolic woods outside Seattle ends in a cartoon orgy of bloodshed in some mythical arena that exists in the darkest recesses of Emily Haines’ mind. Each extreme represents a fantasy in their own right: the ideal of hermetic artistic purity versus the spectacle of excess and decadence. Being yourself versus being what they want you to be. Emily Haines stared down these very polarities on her own that night at the Phoenix, but with Fantasies, Metric are now free to define their reality on their own terms. So when, amid the daydream electro of “Gimme Sympathy,” Haines invokes that age-old existential dilemma — “Who would you rather be: The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?” — it’s only because she already knows the answer: neither.

Metric/Twilight Music Video Footage

Let’s start by saying how thrilled we are to share this beautiful video with you all. While shooting the music video for “Eclipse (All Yours)” from the brand new Twilight soundtrack, Metric teamed up with director Luke Wooden and a great video team to capture what was going on behind the scenes. The video also features an acoustic version of Metric’s song that is featured on the soundtrack.

Behind-the-scenes on the shoot for the of­fi­cial mu­sic video for METRIC’S “Eclipse (All Yours)” written for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Sound­track. Directed by Luke Wooden.

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