PERFECT PROBLEM: REGINA VS METRIC ON 6/17

alex p.

This week I realized the horrible coincidence of Regina Spektor and Metric playing on the very same evening in Manhattan. It’s yet to be confirmed if Regina will play any added NYC dates which has led me into one of the world’s greatest quandaries: Regina Spektor or Emily Haines. I figure the only way to settle this is an ultimate pros and cons list so we’re gonna break this down sandlot style. The categories will be Track Catalog, Live Performance, Pure Beauty, Venue, and Indie Cred. Let’s do this..

Artist: Metric
Song: Soft Rock Star

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Combining 11:11 and Songs with Soviet Kitsch and Begin to Hope, Regina’s compiled an impressive collection of tender tracks and has a fifth album titled Far due out June 23rd. Metric just put out their fourth full length album Fantasies which seems to go one & one between cool and commercial but they’ve cemented themselves with at least a dozen true classics that I’ll enjoy forever. Regina’s new disc would be an extremely helpful tie breaker but I haven’t heard the whole thing yet. I don’t think I can express to you how close this race is in my mind but if I had to pick, I’m giving it to Metric. I think if I were a dying,  a 20-song mixtape of my favorite Metric songs would keep me alive for 17 seconds longer than Regina’s.

The contrast between an Emily Haines solo show and a Metric concert is a remarkable transformation worthy of Robert Louis Stevenson. Metric’s James Shaw, Josh Winstead, and Joules Scott-Key are also extremely talented musicians but the energy and focus of a live Regina concert is extremely difficult to recreate. It’s a captivating and warm experience that will undoubtedly make you feel better and while Metric’s shows also yield persistently entertaining results, I gotta go Spektor on this one.

I’m not really sure what this means even though I created the category so lets just go with it…In short it comes down to two forms of selection. There’s an innocence and purity to Regina’s character which would attract one demographic, while Emily rocks a rebellious sexiness which would appeal to others. You really can’t go wrong here, but count me as one of the others so I’m going with Haines.

Terminal 5 is vast and vivacious for a Fifth Element style rock show that’ll definitely fit Metric’s vibe. Beacon Theatre will be elegant and engaging for a Spektor set. This one comes down to mood. Fast and fun with Metric or thoughtful and inspiring with Regina. Given it’s going to be the middle of summer, I’m going to assume I will have gotten myself into trouble by then and we’ll need Regina healing so we’re going with her and the Beacon.

Yeah, this one’s gonna be brutal. Sadly these artists have been slowly sucked in by the omnipotent ‘pop tractor beam’ so cred is running low. Emily had the Broken Social Scene steam to rest on for a while but the direction of the new record was far from renegade. Regina keeps it real but she’s signed to Warner Brothers so this one’s a flip of a double-sided coin. Metric, however, did partially self-release their latest record. The BSS link and the fact that Emily Haines will always be beautifully conflicted gets her my vote and in this case my money. Metric takes it by an eyelash, 3-2.

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