Along with future members of Stars (see above) and Broken Social Scene, Metric front woman Emily Haines went to an arts high school in Toronto and started the group with guitarist James Shaw after returning from college in Montreal and Vancouver. Metric has found it difficult to stay in one place ever since, bouncing between several different cities while they honed their gleaming but wary latter-day New Wave. (Not surprisingly, the comely Haines became something of an indie pinup queen in the process.) This year, Metric released fifth album Synthetica, perhaps their poppiest and prickliest outing to date.

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