Metric's New Album Available Digitally, Announce Live Shows

Metric's New Album Available Digitally, Announce Live Shows
There's a whole pile of Metric news to report today.

First off, if you can't wait for the band's long-awaited Fantasies to be released on April 7 through Last Gang, as of today the album is up for grabs digitally, both on the band's website and on iTunes. And to celebrate, the Metric crew have announced a series of special Canadian live shows, as well as some in the U.S. and Europe.

On the Canadian front, on Wednesday (April 1) the group will perform a "closed campus show" at the Ottawa Civic Center in Ottawa, followed by a "secret show" at a yet-to-be-revealed Toronto location later this week. The details on that TO show will be leaked to fans 24 hours before the concert via the band's website. Metric are doing the in-store thing as well and will perform and sign autographs at Toronto's 333 Yonge St. HMV location at 5:30 p.m. on April 9 and will do the same at Montreal's 1321 Sainte-Catherine Street West Apple Store at 8 p.m. on April 16.

And while it may be tough to score a spot at those Ottawa and Toronto concerts, there are two more: one in Ottawa at the city's Live 88.5 Lounge on April 12 and one in Toronto at the Mod Club on April 14. However, tickets will only be available through a listen-to-win contest on 102.1 The Edge, or on Ticketmaster as of Friday (April 3) by using the password "fantasies."

A Canadian tour is also in the works that will find Metric playing full-band and acoustic shows in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Victoria, Vancouver and London. And while the dates of those concerts have yet to be announced, the band say the only way to get tickets will be through similar listen-to-win contests, which will be held through partner radio stations in each city, or directly from the band.

If you're confused by all this, more details are expected to be announced on Metric's website.

Here are all of Metric's confirmed Canadian tour dates so far, as well as those in the U.S. and Europe:

4/1 Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Civic Center (closed show)
4/9 Toronto, ON - HMV 333 Yonge St. (in-store)
4/12 Ottawa, ON - Live 88.5 Lounge
4/14 Toronto, ON - Mod Club
4/16 Montreal, QC - Apple Store 1321 Sainte-Catherine Street West (in-store)
4/24 Whistler, BC - Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival
5/4 Paris, France - La Maroqinerie
5/5 Cologne, Germany - Luxor
5/6 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
5/8 Brussels, Belgium - Les Nuits Botanique
5/9 Berlin, Germany - Magnet Club
5/11 Manchester, England - Academy 3
5/12 Glasgow, Scotland - Oran Mor
5/13 Coventry, England - Kasbah
5/15 Brighton, England - The Great Escape Festival
5/16 Bristol, England - Thekla
5/17 Oxford, England - O2 Academy Oxford
5/18 London, England - Electric Ballroom
6/ 4 Seattle, WA - The Showbox
6/5 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
6/6 San Francisco, CA - BFD
6/7 San Diego, CA - Independence Jam
6/8 Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theatre
6/11 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
6/12 Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre
6/13 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
6/14 Chicago, IL - Metro
6/15 Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
6/17 New York, NY - Terminal 5
6/18 Washington DC - 9.30 Club
6/19 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero Theatre
6/20 Toronto, ON - Downsview Park (Edgefest)