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Metric Brings High-Energy Synth Pop To The Stage

With their latest album, 2012’s Synthetica, the Canadian-born, New York-bred Metric continues to show that synth-pop is not dead.

In fact, their highly-danceable show Friday afternoon at Lollapalooza’s Bud Light stage proved it.

Charismatic singer Emily Haines calls to mind the commanding presence of someone like Blondie, who was certainly a trendsetter in her day.

Clad in leather shorts – that had to be uncomfortable in the 90-plus degree weather – and a glittery rainbow top, Haines took turns bounding around the stage and leading the way with her synthesizer.

That’s not to say the guitar is forgotten with Metric.  Haines herself sometimes plays a guitar, and guitarist James Shaw took his turn with a solo or two during the show.  Bassist Joshua Winstead and drummer Joules Scott-Key are essential for Metric’s driving backbeat.

Metric started the day with four tracks from Synthetica, “Artificial Nocturne,” “Youth Without Youth,” “Speed the Collapse” and “Lost Kitten.”

They also dropped “Help I’m Alive,” a major hit off 2009’s Fantasies. Metric wrapped up with “Stadium Love,” a joyous bouncer of a tune that got the bodies moving despite the heat.

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