Following a Metric conversion -- into metal?

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By Peter Galvin

The rise of Emily Haines, vocalist for Metric (who'll be performing Wed/24 at the Fox), as an indie-rock diva is one of the more deserved success stories in recent years.

The Canadian band has toured relentlessly since the release of 2003’s Old World Underground, Where Are You Now,  and Haines never fails to steal the spotlight with her superhuman vitality and anxious dance moves, daring the crowd to keep up. Despite their new wave beginnings, Metric in 2010 embraces a guitar-driven sound that inspires a head bob more than all-out dancing. But at this point Haines’ fans are willing to follow whatever direction the band chooses. Though you can probably still expect a lot of double takes if Metric follows through on rumors that their next album is going metal.

METRIC

With Codeine Velvet Club and Nico Vega

Wed/24, 8:00 p.m., $25

Fox Theatre

1807 Telegraph, Oakland

(510) 548-3010

www.thefoxoakland.com/