Next Thursday, March 17, 2016, the Canadian indie staple Metric will be headlining a the Boston Orpheum for what promises to be a fantastic show, if the many positive reviews of their recent shows are any indication.

The previous time I caught Metric live, they were opening for Paramore at the arena at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, so it will be nice to see them headlining their own show, something I’ve wanted to do for ages.  I’m especially looking forward to hearing live versions of songs from their latest album, Pagans in Vegas.  It’s truly one of their best albums to date, right up there with Live it Out and Fantasies.  From the opening “Lie, Lie, Lie” with its jittery guitars to the ultra synthy ballad “Celebrate” to the handclaps of “Blind Valentine” to the video game style music of “The Face Pt 1” and “The Face Pt 2,” there’s not a bad song in the bunch.

Pagans in Vegas is the result of a full year of writing that found guitarist/producer Jimmy Shaw at his studio in Toronto, delving into his wall of modular synthesizers, and Haines writing with acoustic instruments in Nicaragua and Spain.  So, while you could say that Pagans in Vegas as “Metric goes electro,” the songs are strong enough at their core that they can be performed live acoustically and still work.  For example, check out the first three tracks of their recent Spotify session:

Not bad at all, eh?  You can color me impressed.  Metric’s acoustic versions have always been among my favorite tracks.   My only gripe is that you have to listen to this on Spotify, that it wasn’t released for sale.  I would have happily laid down my cash to buy the EP on iTunes or Amazon.  Oh well, I don’t mind Spotify.  But this is about their must-see concert, so I digress.

Bottom line?  Be there on Thursday when Metric are sure to play all of their hits and then some.  It will surely be a blast!

WHO: Metric

WHENThu, 03/17/16, 7:30 PM

WHERE: Orpheum Theatre, Boston






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An entertainment journalist for 20 years, Michael McCarthy was a columnist and contributing editor for the magazines Lollipop and LiveWire. He co-created and wrote for Cinezine, one of the '90's most popular movie E-zines. The only time he's not listening to music is when he's watching television shows and movies or reading, usually music magazines.

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