The Toronto trio METZ is rude, severe, and excellent. They make rock music, all of it loud, most of it precise without feeling checked. It’s raucous stuff, heavily indebted to music recorded for the Chicago label Tough & Go in the eighties, and recordings made in the nineties for the D.C. label Dischord. We are happy to be streaming their self-titled début album, exclusively, for one week. A few days ago, I spoke on the phone with the band’s guitarist and singer, Alex Edkins.

Click-through to hear the album, and for more from Sasha Frere-Jones on METZ:

Photograph by Robby Reis.

Quickly becoming one of my favorite albums of the year. Listen up!!

Topspin Discounts

Right now Topspin is offering a fall promotion that lets you purchase any of our monthly or annual license plans for up to 30% Off! That includes Annual Plus for $399.99 ($100 off – save 20%!) and Annual Enterprise for $699.99 ($300 off – save 30%!).  

This promotion ends in October, so sign up now. Here’s how you get this special pricing:

1. Login to your account at
2. Click “Choose Artist / Upgrade” in the top right
3. Enter the code “BIGOCTSALE” in the UNLOCK box to reveal the special pricing

Also, if you’re managing multiple artists, you should check out our Bulk licensing offer, which is a special rate we extend only to managers, labels and partners and offers the lowest per-account rate you’ll see from us.

You can choose from either 10 Topspin Annual Plus licenses for $1,500 ($1,500 each – save 70%!) or 10 Enterprise licenses for $2,500 ($250 each – save 75%!).

If you’re interested in buying one or more bulk plans, visit to buy online or hit me back directly and I’ll set you up.