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Austra’s debut album Feel It Break was filled with synth-pop beats paired with theatrical vocals. The result was incredibly well received, making top ten and year-end lists across the blogosphere and setting the bar high for any follow-up albums. On Olympia, their second LP, which is in stores now, Austra’s songwriter-in-chief, Katie Stelmanis, made it… More »

Hey look, new graphic! Now this column can look something like the Best Songs Of The Week column, and now I can keep just the tiniest bit of suspense in this countdown; you have to scrowl down yourself to see what’s number one. Thanks to Claire’s homegirl Ho-Mui Wong for the image. This week’s picks… More »

Music critics make mistakes all the time, and I made one two years ago, when I reviewed Austra’s debut album Feel It Break for Pitchfork. I gave that album a positive review, but it was one of those wait-and-see positive reviews, like, “They’re onto something here! Let’s see what they can do next time around!”… More »

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Tegan And Sara, Fucked Up, Metric, Metz Appear In Toronto Indie Rock Video Game

Loud On Planet X is a new music-themed video game from Pop Sandbox, an indie gaming studio based in Toronto. The synopsis is essentially this:…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | May 5, 2015 - 4:26 pm

Austra – “Doepfer” Video

The atmospheric Toronto synthpoppers Austra released their Habitat EP earlier this summer, and we've posted their videos for the title track and for "Hulluu." Their…
Tom Breihan | August 6, 2014 - 11:55 am

Austra – “American Science” (Duran Duran Cover)

The Duran Duran tribute compilation Making Patterns Rhyme comes out next week, and we've already posted a bunch of songs from it: Moby doing "Rio,"…
Tom Breihan | July 11, 2014 - 9:14 am

Austra – “Hulluu” Video

Toronto electro-brooders Austra released their Habitat EP last week, and they already made a music video for its title track. Today, they've shared another video,…
Tom Breihan | July 3, 2014 - 10:39 am

Austra – “Habitat” Video

Austra's Habitat EP is out this week, and now so is the video for the title track. Director Matt Lambert's clip seems to be about…
Chris DeVille | June 19, 2014 - 10:12 am

Stream Austra Habitat EP

After releasing Olympia (an Album Of The Week for us) last year, Austra is back with the Habitat EP. We heard the title track last
Miles Bowe | June 17, 2014 - 4:24 pm

Austra – “Habitat”

Austra is following up last year's Album Of The Week honoree Olympia with an EP called Habitat. It'll be available this June as a limited…
Chris DeVille | May 6, 2014 - 10:03 am

Austra – “Hurt Me Now” Video

Gauzy Tornoto synthpoppers Austra have a history of making deeply strange and absorbing music videos, and their latest is for "Hurt Me Now," one of…
Tom Breihan | January 17, 2014 - 10:08 am

Austra – “Forgive Me” Video

Over the summer, the Toronto electro-influenced art-pop group Austra released their very good sophomore album Olympia. Director Claire Edmondson has made them a darkly gleaming,…
Tom Breihan | November 14, 2013 - 11:55 am

Photos: Musicfest NW 2013

This past weekend Portland held Musicfest NW 2013, which had a pretty sweet line-up. Many of the bands playing have been doing incredible things on…
Miles Bowe | September 9, 2013 - 6:22 pm

Austra – “Painful Like (XXXY Remix)”

Austra are gearing up to release an EP of remixes of Olympia track "Painful Like" and here is the first from London's XXXY. The EP…
Claire Lobenfeld | August 20, 2013 - 3:25 pm

Way Out West 2013 Day 2: The Knife, Miguel, Giorgio Moroder, & More

Giorgio Moroder dances by stabbing two fingers in the air, like the aging European man that he is. He also plays air-slap-bass. The Italo-disco legend…
Tom Breihan | August 10, 2013 - 8:56 am

Austra – “Painful Like” Video

Olympia, the excellent new album from Toronto electro-poppers Austra, is dark, obsessive music, so they're not exactly the first band you'd expect to turn a…
Tom Breihan | July 15, 2013 - 10:57 am

Photos: Austra, Bestial Mouths @ Troubadour, West Hollywood 6/23/13

Fresh off their Album Of The Week designation, Austra sold out the Troubadour in West Hollywood in support of their stunning second album, Olympia, which has…
Andrew Youssef | June 24, 2013 - 5:59 pm

Stream Austra Olympia

To date, Austra’s Feel It Break followup Olympia has released two singles — “Home” and “Painful Like” — finding root in Chicago house and Detroit…
Amrit Singh | June 10, 2013 - 10:19 am

Stereogum Monthly Mix: May 2013

A few days late but stacked with excellence, here is your collection of May's absolute jams. For optimal ease of consumption, you'll find it here…
Amrit Singh | June 7, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Austra – “Painful Like”

Katie Stelmanis's Austra project will release the followup to Feel It Break just next month, and as we heard on its first single "Home," the…
Amrit Singh | May 30, 2013 - 10:20 am
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