Metz were the darlings of this year's CMJ festival, and with good reason—their brand of noise-rock is particularly loud, brutal, and altogether KICK-ASS! Having now caught the band twice in the last month, I can easily say that Metz's thunderous sets are the best thing I've seen all year.
After playing at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn for about 30 minutes and telling the crowd that they had one song left in their set, the crowd collectively sounded a little disappointed. Lead singer/guitarist Alex Edkins replied, "You've heard the album, right? Well then you know that we've played the entire album outside of one song," and then propelled into "Wet Blanket" like it was the final battle of a world war.
So, while their set was a little short, there's good news. According to bass player Chris Slorach, when their current tour ends in November, the band is taking a couple months off to write new material, which they'll eventually add to their repertoire. Come late January, the band is going to tour Europe in a big way.
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The Real Difference Between a Mixtape and an Album
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Are the Grammys Irrelevant or Did Yeezus Actually Suck?
Breaking down Yeezy's obsession with the awards.
2013: A Year In Which Some Music Happened
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If R. Kelly Makes Us So Uncomfortable, Why Do We Keep Listening?
This is art we're talking about, and it's as real as you allow it to be.
Britney Spears: Capitalism's Last Stand
At last, the Queen has found her domain.
The Real Rick Ross Stands Up
We met with the ex-crack kingpin, who told us stories from his drug dealing days and gave us an exclusive excerpt from his upcoming autobiography.
Sorry, Dudes. The Ladies Won Punk This Year.
These are the women who kicked a particularly large amount of ass in 2013.
2013: The Most OK Year Ever
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