The Metric System

The last time Metric came to town, it was for the 94/9 Independence Jam in Oceanside. The Canadian quartet had third billing at the outdoor festival, overshadowed by big-name groups the Black Keys and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. But that didn’t stop them from blowing those bands away with their infectious, moody synth-pop.

Now, Metric are set to wow us again. The band is playing San Diego Indiefest on March 27th, and this time they’re at the top of the bill.

Of course, having top billing at Indiefest isn’t that impressive a feat. The purpose of the festival is to highlight lesser-known bands, and the extensive lineup consists almost entirely of the obscure. The two-day event begins on March 26th with a day devoted entirely to independent film. The festival will shift its focus to music on March 27th, commandeering seven stages throughout North Park and showcasing over a hundred bands.

Of those myriad performers, The New Up are a clear standout. Like Metric, the San Francisco five-piece specialize in dark, dreamy rock with gorgeous female vocals. Last year, the band released Better Off, the second in a planned trilogy of EPs that show off the band’s sultry, tempestuous sound. Lead singer ES Pitcher’s soaring vocals are worth the price of admission alone, and all you flute enthusiasts out there will be pleased to know that the band has one of those too.

Metric are scheduled to play at 9:30pm on the Durga Sound Main Stage and, because it wouldn’t be a music festival without some frustrating conflicts, The New Up go on at the same time, but on the Green Stage. Metric get the edge but, if that stage is too crowded, The New Up will be perfectly happy to console you.

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