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Emily Haines @ The Viper Room

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Last night we were invited to see Emily Haines of Metric play her solo album for the first time in Los Angeles at the Viper Room. We weren’t familiar with Metric’s catalog and had only been to one Metric show before that resulted in a Metric fan strong-arming us out of the way of the stage resulting in our subsequent departure. That being said we went in not really knowing what to expect.

We arrived at 8:30 sharp, the time stated on the Viper Room’s website and a line snaked around the building with disaffected youths milling about, wandering into and out of the pizza joint across the street and the liquor store on the corner. The smell of cigarette smoke was thick in the air as an aging black man crooned Frank Sinatra and Frankie Lymon songs for change, telling each person, “Like my Nana says, it’s not what you give, it’s what’s in your heart” and for each of us to find our “Love-passion.” Characters like this make every visit to Sunset Boulevard worth the drive.