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Toronto rockers Metric emphasize guitars on the band’s latest album Art of Doubt, a collection of 12 new songs packed with massive riffs, driving rhythm and raw/smooth vocals that have become their instantly identifiable signature sound. Produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen (M83, Beck, Nine Inch Nails), Metric’s seventh LP addresses a climate of cultural and political anxiety while refusing to give despair the upper hand. In many ways, it’s the most Metric album the band has ever made as Emily Haines, Jimmy Shaw, Joshua Winstead and Joules Scott-Key rediscover their shared love of music and how good they are at making it together.
With a career that spans more than 20 years, Mexican rock band Zoé has released five studio albums, two live albums, an MTV Unplugged episode, as well as special releases with remixes and new versions, EPs and compilations of their greatest hits. To date, more than 3 million fans have seen Zoé live and the group has sold more than 1.5 million records, earning several Gold and Platinum albums, plus a Diamond and Triple Platinum record by MTV Unplugged Background Music.
In October of 2012, Canadian alternative rock band July Talk’s self-titled, independently released debut album had become a staple on modern-rock radio, earning the band a gold record in Canada and a JUNO Award for Alternative Album of the Year, while worldwide deals with Island, Polydor and Universal had spread the good word overseas. On Touch, July Talk’s second album, human connection becomes a full-contact sport: Peter Dreimanis and fellow guitarist Ian Docherty power songs like “Ask You” and “Johnny + Mary” (not a cover of the namesake Robert Palmer classic) with punked-up aggression, while the glam-rock stomp of “Beck + Call” (featuring guest growls from throat-singing phenom Tanya Tagaq) showcases the wrecking-ball swing of bassist Josh Warburton and drummer Danny Miles. Produced by Ian Davenport, Touch has gone on to win the 2017 JUNO Award for Alternative Album of the Year, earn two No. 1 singles at radio with “Push + Pull” and “Picturing Love,” and sell out a cross-Canadian tour.