November 14, 2013

Making Noise: Get ready for Metric at State Theatre

Hear the sweet sounds of The Honey Dewdrops at Acoustic Artisans on Tuesday.

By Aimsel Ponti
News Assistant

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Metric is James Shaw, Emily Haines, John Winstead and Joules Scott-Key.

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The Honey Dewdrops.

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Turn your radio dial to 102.9 WBLM every Friday at 8:30 a.m. to hear Aimsel Ponti wax poetic about her top live music picks for the week with the Captain and Celeste.

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Switching to 2005’s “Live it Out” brought with it the song “Monster Hospital” which, if performed next week, will turn The State Theatre into a happy-crazy mosh pit. It’s like The Pretenders and maybe The Clash are thrown together in a death match. Boom!

“The Twist” is from 2007’s “Grow Up and Blow Away” and it opens with a child-like piano and then glides along a medium tempo. “Infidel to die for/what I am doing/will happen in the morning/when the mirror won’t recognize me” sings Haines with an air of brooding mystery.

“Gimme Symphany” from the 2009 “Fantasies” album is destined to inspire another run, or at least a sweaty living room dance session. And I sure hope this one’s on the State set list. It’s a doozy.

I ended my Metric listening extravaganza with a song from their most recent release, 2012’s “Synthetica.” I chose the song “Void” and I’m so glad I did. Images of laser beams flew about my mind’s eye, and the electric guitar held me tight. Did I mention I love this band? Check them out at

And just when I thought I had reached my zenith of happiness, I got wind that The Box Tiger is opening the show. The band calls both Toronto, Canada, and Portland home. They’re an indie-rock outfit and I adore them with every fiber of my being. Bust a move over to post haste.

Metric with The Box Tiger. 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. The State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. $25 in advance; $30 day of show;

I HAVE one more show to tell you about before we say our goodbyes this week. So sit tight for another couple of minutes because this band is worth it.

So there I was, about three years ago in Saratoga Springs making my first visit to the historic folk venue Caffe Lena. I was in town visiting friends and being the hyper-planner that I am, tickets had been secured before we left Maine and headed for New York,

The band who played that night was the roots music duo The Honey Dewdrops. Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish are based in Virginia and they’ve released three albums of Americana and traditional folk music. Head to and click on the media tab. Then make yourself a cup of tea or warm up your java and sit back for a spell. If nothing else, listen to “Silver Lining” and “Don’t Leave Me Here.” Their Portland show will be an intimate one at Acoustic Artisans. Expect to be moved like I was to buy at least one CD after the show.

The Honey Dewdrops. 8 p.m.Tuesday November 19. Acoustic Artisans, 594 Congress St., 2nd Floor, Portland. $15;

Aimsel Ponti can be contacted at 791-6455or at:

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