METZ: “Without quiet, there is no loud.”

Words by Jordan Martich Toronto noise rock trio METZ have spent the past five years establishing a reputation for furious recordings that are only surpassed by the band's hyper-adrenalized live show. On their latest from this year, Strange Peace, the trio assert a layered order to chaos and volume. It's noise rock that doesn't rely on gaudy riffs or cheap screeching. It's dark pop music that's surrendered to a hedonistic warping. Drummer Hayden Menzies, bassist Chris Slorach and guitarist Alex Edkins have crafted an album that envelopes the audience, both sonically and in the hypnotic nature of Edkins' existentially charged [...]

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Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Metz, Mariachi El Bronx, and more

(illustration: Cassidy Miller) To enter for a chance to win tickets to any show below, email with the name of the band and the date of the show you’re entering in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. Winners will be selected at random no later than 24 hours before the listed show and notified via email. Thursday, December 7 Mariachi El Bronx, toyGuitar, Uke-Hunt @ Slim's 7pm, $21, all ages. Buy advance tickets here. Monday, December 11 Metz, Moaning, Smokin' Ziggurats @ The Independent 8pm, $18, 21+. Buy advance tickets here. Wednesday, [...]

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Cloud Nothings and METZ play searing sets at Great American

Cloud Nothings (Photo: Gary Magill) For pretty much the entirety of METZ and Cloud Nothings at the Great American Music Hall, a young couple was making out in the front row, center stage. They paused their session to watch the more blaring, grinding moments of the sets, only resuming when the mosh pit slowed down a little. It's the intention of bands like these to funnel the extremities of human emotion into four minute salvos, with sweaty eagerness and screeching guitar lines acting as proof. The songs are angry, or rabid, or dejected, or ecstatic—and though you won't get lost in the [...]

Review & Photos: Metz, White Lung, Mrs. Magician @ Bottom of the Hill, 4/30/13

By the start of Tuesday night's show at Bottom of the Hill, the turnout was a little concerning. With a bill headlined by Metz (one of Sub Pop's newer novelty punk bands) and their Canadian tour mates White Lung, you'd think it would have a heavy attendance. But at 9:15, when San Diego surf pop openers Mrs. Magician started their set, the room was maybe a quarter of the way full. By White Lung, it was packed, and rightfully so, for a pretty solid lineup of loud and heavy. It's often been argued that Metz falls into a 90s punk/indie [...]

Mixtape: Fifteen Highlights from South by Southwest 2013 (Podcast #302)

Mixtape: Fifteen Highlights from South by Southwest 2013 (Podcast #302) As discussed earlier today, we saw a ton of great bands at South by Southwest 2013. Here are fifteen SXSW discoveries from a number of genres. As you'll see, the first half of the mix (Side A, if you will) includes some of our favorite rock, punk and psych highlights from SXSW. The second half, by contrast, is all about electronic pop. We'd previously covered a few of these acts before, but we'll be watching all of them closely in the future. For more about these bands and all of [...]

Live This Month: November 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #291)

Live This Month: November 2012 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #291) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. Who would have expected November to offer a slew of new releases from Bay Area bands? The month promises long-awaited new records -- and local shows -- from Maus Haus and Social Studies, as well as psychy new offerings from The Love Dimension and Golden Void (a new project that includes Earthless guitarist Isaiah Mitchell). And that list doesn't [...]

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