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  • The AV Club
The first solo LP by Metric frontwoman Emily Haines, 2006’s Knives Don’t Have Your Back, is one of my desert-island records, a collection of autumnal chamber-pop that’s not only suited to my favorite time of year, but which was also a key ice-breaker in the relationship that eventually became my marriage. So I was…

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Icons of Fright’s Fave Music of 2015 Derek’s Picks Part 2: Fresh Meat

While 2015 saw the return of many legends, there is still a lot of great music out from younger bands (and legends in the making). And much like a horror fan benefits from branching out to other genres from time to time, I tackled a few albums that are on the lighter side!

If you missed Part 1: The Legends Return!, click here!

The Young(er) Guns:

Monster Magnet “Cobras and Fire (The Mastermind Redux)”

No spring chicks themselves, Monster Magnet has been rocking hard since 1989. Tapping into psychedelia with their space rock ways, and Dave Wyndorf’s knack for off the wall lyrics, Mm haven’t changed a thing with this effort. Having said that though, it isn’t a bad thing. Wyndorf and crew have become a consistent force to reckon with, “Cobras and Fire” being an excellent listen from start to finish.

Lamb of God “VII: Sturm und
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Heroine Chic: Female Celebrity and Identity in the Films of Olivier Assayas

  • MUBI
Watching a film by Olivier Assayas is a little like wandering into the bedroom of a teenager, taking in the aesthetic décor that clings to his or her walls and bookshelves—posters, pop records, hastily cut-out collages of idols, and literature—and being left to draw a logical conclusion based on these ephemeral scraps. This idea of collage, assembling or reinventing an identity, has always been a concept inherent to punk and youth culture: British punk historian Jon Savage coined the term “living collage” to describe European teenagers in the 1970s who tore apart thrifted vintage clothing at the seams to fuse and repurpose them with safety pins. Assayas’ work is essentially the filmic equivalent of that same idea: he populates his frames with torrents of ideas and surfaces and lets loose cinematographers Yorick Le Saux and Eric Gautier to pan wildly, struggling to encapsulate everything into their widescreen, handheld compositions.
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Get lost in Metric's vibrant new video for 'Lost Kitten'

  • Hitfix
Canadian pop outfit Metric journeys to Mexico City for its new video "Lost Kitten," a single off its 2012 album "Synthetica." But don't expect to see the band anywhere in this video that is stylized like a Pedro Almodóvar film and chronicles the story of a lost, voguing dancer. Check it out here or below.   The song "Lost Kitten" recalls Metric in its angsty-pop "Grow Up and Blow Away" period, with frontwoman Emily Haines chirping sassy lines like "they got it, they want it, they give it away." The video takes a literal approach to the song's plea for home...
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Who Joined Carly Rae Jepsen, Leonard Cohen In Early Juno Wins?

Who Joined Carly Rae Jepsen, Leonard Cohen In Early Juno Wins?
The televised Michael Bublé-hosted portion of the 2013 Juno Awards in Regina may be The Big Show, but Saturday's non-televised gala dinner is where many of the big-deal awards are actually handed out — including categories-to-watch such as Pop Album of the Year, R&B/Soul Recording, Rap Recording, Alternative Recording and Breakout Artist of the Year.

Or, you know, Artist of the Year, which also shockingly wasn't televised. Elder statesman Leonard Cohen justly took that prize for his album "Old Ideas." Carly Rae Jepsen's victory over the Biebs in the Pop Album of the Year category was also not televised.

Toronto producer The Weeknd, a.k.a. Abel Tesfaye, was one of the night's big winner, snagging both R&B/Soul Recording of the year as well as Breakthrough Artist of the Year on the strength of "Trilogy," a compilation of his three independent mixtapes. The win doubtless comes
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Academy Award-nominated, African-set Child Warrior Drama Tops Genie Awards 'Replacement'

Canadian Screen Awards 2013 nominations: War Witch rules The Genie Awards are dead, long live the Canadian Screen Awards! Well, in truth, the Genie Awards aren’t exactly dead; they’ve just been transmogrified, along with Canadian television’s Gemini Awards, into the aforementioned Canadian Screen Awards, organized by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. But Genie or Canadian Screen, once again a Québécois production dominates the nominations roster. (Photo: Rachel Mwanza in Kim Nguyen’s War Witch.) Kim Nguyen’s Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award nominee Rebelle / War Witch, the story of a (very) young African rebel fighter, received a total of 12 Canadian Screen Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Berlin Film Festival’s Best Actress Rachel Mwanza), Best Supporting Actor (Serge Kanyinda), and Best Original Screenplay (Nguyen). War Witch follows in the heels of recent Quebec-made Genie Award powerhouses and eventual Best Picture winners such
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Watch: Metric's New Video Features A New, Acoustic Take On 'Synthetica' (Exclusive)

Canadian indie-rockers Metric are no strangers to having their music set to visuals. After all, their songs can be heard on "CSI: Miami," "Grey's Anatomy," "Entourage," "One Tree Hill," "90210," "Twilight," "CSI: NY," "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World," "The Vampire Diaries" and a handful of video games.

So it's unsurprising that the band feels comfortable releasing a Sony-branded video (filmed entirely on Xperia Ion smartphones and directed by Chris Lenox Smith) for "Synthetica," the title track off their fifth studio album.

In an email interview with HuffPost Entertainment, the band's Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw said they have "no problem with licensing music to TV shows." "People like TV," they wrote. "Doctors fall in an out of love sometimes and there needs to be music in the background while it happens. It might as well be one of our songs."

It's that type of simplicity and honesty which has long endeared the group to their fans.
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[Review] Cosmopolis

  • The Film Stage
There are about a million places you could start with this thing.

Oh, hell: “Brilliant.” Cosmopolis is certainly a brilliant film, one filled with all the subtext and qualities we call “cinematic” that you could ask for, but it presents this in a manner so deceptively simple it can only feel like genius. David Cronenberg’s newest effort says inordinate amounts about our society, often, by saying so little, to the point where it feels as though we, the modern audience, are looking into a funhouse mirror only two degrees off from being an exact portrait.

And that’s more terrifying than anything the Canadian auteur has ever put onscreen.

More unsettling, yet, is Cosmopolis’ insistence on what truly constitutes time. Everybody here is moving, everybody is going toward something, everybody is trying to get away from something, yet they’re not reaching anywhere. Cronenberg’s world is one in which time is an inevitable,
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Photos: Sabbath, M83, Metric & More Impress At Lollapalooza

As is the case with any outdoor music festival -- or anything else held in the city of Chicago -- sometimes the actual meat of any particular goings-on can be overshadowed by the weather that serves as its backdrop.

As it happened last year when a series of downpours soaked Lollapalooza to the bones, the 2012 edition is sure to be at least partially defined by the incredibly oppressive heat. Temperatures Friday, the festival's opening day, hit 95 degrees, the hottest temperature Chicago has seen in August in six years, leaving the 100,000 concertgoers who packed in Grant Park on the mega-fest's first day caked in sweat.

(Scroll down to view 2012 Lollapalooza festival photos.)

Ah yes, the six-digit crowd, the other story that tends to threaten on-stage happenings at Lolla. This year, the sold-out festival's organizers appear to have managed to squeeze even more people into the gates. Lines for nearly everything are atrocious,
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Watch Metric's slow-motion parade in 'Youth Without Youth'

Metric's "Youth Without Youth" from brand new "Synthetica" is the sound of disenchantment and a riot to the sound of a Gary Glitter beat. The video is pretty contained, but has many of the same emotional elements. Lead singer Emily Haines and her bandmates are featured in shots in-between slow-motion of the old and young doing unexpected and unsettling things. For instance, stacking tires to knock them down? Stacking cakes on top of each other in the same manner? Both mischievous, both unexplained. It's a mystifying but visually interesting take on the song, which features an upbeat tempo opposite of the...
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Music Video Spotlight: Letterist

For me, the biggest draw to any band or solo act is the vocals. Until a few years ago, the emergence of talented vocalists seemed far rarer than it should have been, with the likes of Eric Sean Nally coming along as more the exception than the rule, though in the last few years it seems they're coming out of the woodwork (and that's of course discounting the one's cheating entirely with autotune). Pamela Bell of Letterist, though not quite one of the best yet, has vocals caught somewhere in the spectrum between Metric's Emily Haines and Kylie Minogue, with a flair for electronic beats to match. There's a lot of promise in Bell, and excellent instrumental support from Rammy Yogendra and Alex McCown only combine with the full vocals for a well-rounded sound of electronic light rock.

Their sophomore album Solace and Gold releases soon and in honor
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New Stills From ‘Cosmopolis’ Put Focus on Supporting Cast; Preview Howard Shore & Metric’s Score

With a release eyed for this summer following a Cannes debut, the updates from David Cronenberg‘s crazy-looking Cosmopolis are coming in full swing. Today we’ve got our first listen from the score for the Robert Pattinson-starrer by long-time collaborator Howard Shore and the Canadian indie band Metric. Howe Records have a preview of the 11 tracks and it sounds to be a pumping, energetic good time. These collaborations with established composer and popular band have proved successful in the past and under Cronenberg’s guidance, this is sounding like a great one. Check out those previews at the link (via The Playlist), with a blurb about the score, along with new photos from the film featuring Samantha Morton, Jay Baruchel, Mathieu Amalric, Kevin Durand and more. [Official Press Kit, Kinopoisk]

The soundtrack for Cosmopolis reunites composer Howard Shore and the band Metric for another cinematic collaboration. While writing the score for David Cronenberg
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Listen: Metric unleashes single 'Youth Without Youth'

Metric were right in that their first single "finally" get to utilize the omnipresent Gary Glitter "Rock and Roll" beat -- it'll have you saying "Hey!" to boot. "Youth Without Youth" is the initial track to arrive from "Synthetica," and is going on sale on May 1. The band pushes crunchy, smarmy guitars way up front in the mix as a Muse-like synthy underbelly balances out Emily Haines' penchant creepy-little-girl voice. The child-like front is appopriate for "Youth," which explores what the band describes as a "slow sad story." It tackles "the decaying social state through the eyes of a depraved child......
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Metric To Team With Howard Shore To Score David Cronenberg's Robert Pattinson-Starring 'Cosmopolis'

With top composers like Danny Elfman, Clint Mansell and Cliff Martinez all having graduated from the rock'n'roll world (Oingo Boingo, Pop Will Eat Itself and Red Hot Chili Peppers respectively), the idea of having bands tuning up a movie is becoming more and more and common these days, with Yo La Tengo, Mogwai, Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers and Basement Jaxx among the many acts who've written film scores in recent years. The latest to join them; Canadian indie rock band Metric. The Emily Haines-led group, no strangers to the film world having lent the song "Black Sheep" to the…
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Listen: Two unreleased Elliott Smith, Isaac Brock songs culled for charity comp

On July 19th, and imprint called Greyday Records will release a second volume of its "Live From Nowhere Near You" charity compilation. Looking through the first one, out in 2003, a few artists jump out: Spoon, Emily Haines, Brad Hargreaves of Third Eye Blind. For "Live From Nowhere Near You, Vol. 2," many of the names may be familiar to you. Over three discs, musicians including Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst with Spoon's Britt Daniel, the Strokes' Julian Casablancas and Fabrizio Moretti, Modest Mouse, the Shins' James Mercer, Wilco, Ryan Adams, Josh Homme (hi, Josh), Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker, the Decemberists'...
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Video of the Day: Bijou Phillips Chops Up a Dead Body in Broken Social Scene’s ‘Sweetest Kill’ Music Video

If you are not familiar with Broken Social Scene than you most likely don’t listen to the same type of music as me. The Canadian supergroup includes as few as six and as many as nineteen members with contributions by such artists as Justin Peroff, Charles Spearin, Bill Priddle, Leslie Feist, Jessica Moss and Evan Cranley, Amy Milan, Andrew Whiteman, Jason Collett, and Emily Haines—to name a few. The band’s music features a very large number of sounds, grand orchestrations featuring guitars, horns, woodwinds, and violins, unusual song structures, and an experimental, and sometimes chaotic production style. Since wooing fans and critics alike with their 2003 Juno Award-winning album You Forgot It in People, the band’s popularity has made them such big stars that in 2010, Bruce McDonald made This Movie Is Broken, a film about the band’s Harbourfront show during the 2009 Toronto strike.Their newest video
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Metric Makes Light of Oscar Snub for Their ‘Eclipse’ Soundtrack Contribution

Though they were eligible to be nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Song for their song Eclipse (All Yours) off of the soundtrack for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, unfortunately Metric didn’t make a cut. But don’t feel too bad, because Metric front-woman Emily Haines took to the band’s official Twitter account to make light of the situation:

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Actual Nominees:

• “Coming Home” from “Country Strong

• “I See the Light” from “Tangled”

• “If I Rise” from “127 Hours”

• “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3

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(via TwilightPoison)

I love that they’re able to joke about it, but I still love the song and wish it had been given more of a chance.

What did you think of Metric’s Eclipse soundtrack contribution? Do you think it should have been nominated?
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Justin Bieber Gets 3 'Worst' Nominations at 2011 Shockwaves NME Awards

Despite being hailed the best at some coveted prize-giving events, Justin Bieber ends up bagging three nominations in 'worst' and 'least' departments of 2011 Shockwaves NME Awards. The pint-sized singer is up for Villain of the Year along with Axl Rose, David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Simon Cowell.

Last year's winner of the meanest character is Kanye West. Now, the rap mogul gets three nods for Best Solo Artist, Best Band Blog or Twitter and Hero of the Year. In the latest category, he is facing off the likes of Gerard Way, Julian Assange and Lady GaGa.

Also, Bieber's choice of fashion made him appear as one of the nominees for Least Stylish star. He is listed in this category alongside Cheryl Cole, Ke$ha, GaGa and Liam Gallagher. His third chance to win a 'prize' in the upcoming prize-giving event comes from his debut album "My World".

The 2009 effort is up for Worst Album.
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Tulisa N-Dubz, Reece Shearsmith, Tim Vine and other celebs hit us up with lists of the year

Plus! The year's most quotable TV

10 best ghosts, by Reece Shearsmith

1 Daniel Balasco in Hell House by Richard Matheson

The malevolent spirit of Daniel Balasco is a monstrously evil presence and ridding him from "Hell House" – no easy task.

2 Kayako in The Grudge

The creeping terror and use of sound is so well executed, this is probably one of the most frightening films I've seen.

3 Mrs Drablow in The Woman In Black

The terrible vengeful presence of the Woman In Black's appearance is simply terrifying

4 The Shining

The Overlook Hotel is the Grandaddy of all haunted houses and packed full of disturbing ghosts. The woman in room 217 I would argue is one of its more horrible horrors.

5 Ghost Story

The Chowder Society holds a terrible secret, and that's the murder and cover up of Eva Galley. Unfortunately she wants revenge on the men responsible. Her apparition is ghastly to behold.
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Metric grateful for ’The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ scoring opportunity

As you know, Metric is the band responsible for "Eclipse (All Yours)" from the official soundtrack for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. The song itself appeared first on the final credits for the film, but the melody became a big part of the official score for the film (by Howard Shore).

You might recall that Shore chose to work with Metric for this endeavor.

According to the band's most recent interview with Scene Louisiana, this was a great honor for them because while they've appeared on other film and TV soundtracks - including Zomebieland, Grey's Anatomy, and even the recent Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World - this was their first time serving as a composer for a feature film. Here's what Emily Haines had to say:

"We wrote the theme song for the Twilight movie with Howard Shore, the composer ...
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