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Metric, Islands, and Men, Women, and Children @ 9:30 club

As suggested by the title, I saw Metric, Islands, and Men, Women, and Children @ the 9:30 club last night. My Review:

The night began with Men, Women, and Children, which I was guessing was a lo-fi band based on the name, having done no research whatsoever into the opening bands. In reality, they're something of a 70's disco/80's hair-metal revival band, and what they play can only be described as meaningless dance music along the lines of Electric 6. One of the guitarists wore a pink jacket and played a baby-blue guitar, the pianist had his hair down past his shoulders wore a very disco-era overly v-necked pink and purple sleeveless silk shirt, and the other guitarist had a green shirt with a long vertical slit in the neck, a ruffled collar, and a velvet vest. The other band members were somewhat less flamboyant, but the choice of clothing, the strobe light, bubbles, and orchestrated fall to the floor by the entire band at the end of one song drove home for me that this band was about flash rather than substance. They did, however, seem to have a devoted following of teenage girls (and guys) at the show, who screamed out "I love you" to the lead singer (whose name I'm not bothering to look up), though thankfully not all at the same time. Despite my desire to get enthusiastic about the band, I couldn't, and stood there during Men, Women, and Children's portion of the concert barely bobbing my head.
Note that I linked to their website, where you can download two of their songs.

The second band up was Islands, which, like a certain favorite band of mine, has 6 members...and a lot more in common than that. The band, which I found out afterwards consists of some of The Unicorns' former members, has two electric violin players (one of whom also plays the piano and sings) and a guitar player who also played the banjo, along with the usual line-up of a base player, lead singer/pianist/guitarist, lead guitarist, and drummer. Really, I have no words. The Islands were VERY good, and there's virtually no information on them on the web, and according to amazon they have an album coming out in April... After the show, my friend and I sighted the electric violinist/pianist and she got his autograph and we both got hugs. Very exciting.

Then came....METRIC. They played a good mix of new and old songs, and there was definitely some crazy dancing going on. There was a large group of people on the left side of the stage with their hands up in the air. I, on the other hand, was on the right side about 3 feet from the stage. Yep.

Some good pictures of the Belle and Sebastian concert and some not-so good ones of the Metric Concert...I'll be looking for more.
One blogger's Metric review...same deal as with the pictures, if I find more posts from people who went to the concert I'll link to them.

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