Hercules and Love Affair recently released a new video for “I Try To Talk To You,” a powerful track featuring former Czars singer, John Grant. For a song about Grant’s discovery that he’s H.I.V. positive, the music video matches the lyrical intensity in an emotionally, beautiful way. Shot completely in black and white, the video reveals an impactful story of a gay couple’s romantic, physical quarrel. Without ever speaking, the couple exposes this conflict through a contemporary dance routine that forces the two men feverishly around the bedroom. The camera follows the intense choreography in a cinematic way that, when placed to Hercules & Love Affair’s creation of boisterous beats and a haunting piano fills on the new track, it produces a powerful experience both from the mixture of cinematography and music.
The house music scene stayed alive through the devastating AIDS crisis by the creation of empowering songs similar to this. Here, Hercules & Love Affair reminds us of house music history with their track, “I Try To Take To You.” The band also kept the past alive by using original beats from older house records on their latest record. That combined with the reminder of their genre’s history, Hercules & Love Affair has created quite the nostalgic new album titled “The Feast of the Broken Heart.” Don’t miss the performance of their reflective new album live on October 3 at Metro. Buy your tickets today!
In the most special of #fbf moments, it’s time to celebrate another year as a venue. Above is the original board tape from Metro’s first show (with R.E.M.). While the landscape of live music has changed plenty over the years, the sole focus at Metro has been—and always will be—the music.
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Song Spotlight: “Forgiveness” by St. Lucia
Quickly becoming one of the biggest pop bands of the year, St. Lucia continues their stream of recognition with the release of an extended version of their first full-length album, “When the Night.” The album includes the explosive new song, “Forgiveness,” that came just in time to be the next summer anthem. The song begins with various synth pulses and illuminated vocals that crescendos into a feverishly climatic chorus filled with big sounds, mesmerizing electric rhythms and remarkable harmonies. It’s a song too monumental to be just considered a bonus track. “Forgiveness” not only falls right into the realm of the albums other hits, like “Elevate” and “Closer Than This,” but it’s on that will have you grooving in no time. Check out the new song today and be sure to experience St. Lucia’s pop jams live at Metro on November 11. Grab your tickets today!
Miss your chance to see @wearedumdumgirls at Pitchfork last weekend? Better yet, wanna see them again? Well, you’re in luck—they’re heading to Metro on October 24. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon!
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Just last month, Deer Tick took some time to perform a very personal acoustic session for WAMU 88.5. The session includes their newest songs completely stripped and even a guest appearance from Vanessa Carlton, the wife of Deer Tick’s lead singer-guitarist, John McCauley, on their bluesy track “In Our Time.”
The duo whipped out flawless falsettos and folky guitar flares to give the whole show a very happy-go-lucky kind of feel. With the acoustic session placing Deer Tick outside of their native rowdy style, the performance was a pleasing change of scenery that profoundly emulated their darker lyrics and proletarian themes that encompass their latest album, “Negativity.” While the lyrics aren’t the happiest of stories, the modern country rock and blue-grass feel is just Deer Tick’s latest stop on their admirable journey through the endless sounds of rock ’n’ roll. Deer Tick is scheduled to hit Metro on August 23 for a show you won’t want to miss, get your tickets today!