(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Pound for pound, Metric is one of the finest popular music acts of our day. They really go the extra mile! Just listen to Emily Haines' hazy, ethereal vocals, spreading out over an endless, lush soundscape like an upturned pint of mead! Gorgeous stuff—by any serious music fan's yardstick. DENIS C. THERIAULT
PALMA VIOLETS, SKATERS
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) London-based Palma Violets make the kind of down-to-earth garage-rock that is so well loved in Portland. Guitar anthems and booming drums set the stage for melody-laced vocals, all coming together in their boozy, sweaty, welcoming debut album, 180. Frontmen Samuel Fryer and Chilli Jesson complement each other's shredding, singing, and thrashing to create dynamic and fiery songs that take direct cues from the Clash and Iggy Pop. Their music is uproarious and rambunctious—and for a relatively new band, they own a combination of sounds that immediately sparks an energy inside that tells you to engage. RACHEL MILBAUER
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