Canadian indie rock band Metric appears at Rams Head Live! in Baltimore this Friday night for a sold-out show (9 p.m.).
Lead singer Emily Haines and guitarist James Shaw once played with the band Broken Social Scene. Both had successful solo projects and Emily has guested on a number of projects including one with electronic outfit The Crystal Method.
Metric's fifth solo release, "Synthetica" (2012), follows in the wake of the critically acclaimed "Live It Out" (2005) and "Fantasies," which won the 2010 Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year. Metric followed with "Synthetica," which garnered two Juno Awards (the Canadian equivalent to the Grammies).
R&B rockers Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, who perform at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis on Friday (8 p.m.), at was formed in 1975 by singer Johnny Lyons and by E Street Band guitarist Little Steven Van Zandt, who produced their first three releases.
They achieved recognition for their incendiary live shows and from an appearance in the films "Between the Lines" and "Captain America" and on television's SCTV comedy show. Rolling Stone picked their album Hearts of Stone as one of the best of the '70s and '80s.
The Capital Jazz Fest heats up this weekend at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia. On Friday night the Pavilion Stage has Will Downing's 25th Anniversary Concert Celebration (7:30 show). Titled "An Evening of Sophisticated Soul," special guests include Avery Sunshine plus comedian Jammin' Jay Lamont.
Other Friday shows this week include Australian electronic band Cut Copy with Worlds End Press at the 9:30 Club (sold out), Latin jazz group Sin Miedo at the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art as part of the D.C. Jazz Festival (5:30 p.m.). At The Hamilton, it's vibraphonist Stefon Harris & Blackout (8:30 p.m.), and at The Howard Theatre, look for The Latin Rock Invasion, a mini-festival lineup which includes Mache3, La Riña, Versus, Eslatin, Wahyoyo, Lazaro and Sentius & Elvis (8 p.m.). Meanwhile, at Blues Alley, don't miss Tuck & Patti this Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights (8 and 10 p.m. shows). All these shows are in Washington, D.C.