BY Eliza C. Thompson
on Jun 18, 2013
Ever since Austra's debut album, Feel It Break, came out in 2011, I have barely stopped listening to it long enough to, you know, do my job of listening to other music. At a New Year's Eve party earlier this year, I got in trouble with some strangers because I kept commandeering the iPod to play "The Beat and the Pulse" so my friend and I could have a dance-off. It was that friend's apartment, so we won that battle, but not without getting yelled at for "bringing the mood down" with that "weird techno music. Read More
BY Jen Hazen
on Feb 27, 2011
Austra (Toronto-based singer/songwriter Katie Stelmanis) took the stage at Brooklyn's tiny, Glasslands Gallery in a fairly undramatic fashion, yet conjured up some dark drama during an hour-long set that was moody, broody, and beautiful. Recently signing to Domino records, she was accompanied by several others on stage, compared to Austra's typical line-up of Stelmanis, drummer Maya Postepski, and bassist Dorian Wolf.
"Young and Gay" chimed with sparkling synths and pulsing drum beats as Stelmanis' chilling, opera-trained pipes belted out rich tones that ebbed and flowed. Read More