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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: Players are transported to a distant planet, where they play music to counteract alien attacks. It’s kind of like Rock Band-meets-Guitar Hero in space. The game developers have been working… More »

By: 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 new clip for the tick-tocking staccato instrumental “Doepfer” uses digital distortion and laser pointers and various other super-cheap effects to make everyday sights (fountains, airplanes passing overhead, a dead rat)… More »

By: 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,” Warpaint doing “The Chauffeur,” Carina Round doing “Come Undone.” Now, Toronto synthpoppers Austra’s ghostly, miasmic take on “American Science,” from Duran Duran’s 1986 album Notorious, has randomly popped up o… More »

By: 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, and this one is for “Hulluu,” a menacing, whispery track that, as far as I can tell, has nothing to do with watching TV shows online. The video, which ZeesyMore »

By: 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 a wave of lust sweeping through a cheap motel. Various hookups ensue, although nobody gets all the way naked, so the NSFW-ness may vary. On Twitter, Austra notes that the… More »

By: 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 month, but now you can stream the entire release below. More »

By: 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 edition 12-inch or digitally. Explains band leader Katie Stelmanis, “Habitat” is a song Austra has been performing live for three years but didn’t quite fit on either of the band’… More »

By: 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 the tracks from last year’s very good Olympia album. In director M. Blash’s video, the band plays in the middle of the day in a room full of a very… More »

By: 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, cinematic video for the chilly album track “Forgive Me,” and it’s all about the search for illicit nighttime encounters. Bits and pieces of the video might be slightly NSFW, so… More »

By: 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 the festival circuit this summer and our photographer Colin McLaughlin captured a great deal of them. Above are his photos of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Neko Case, Earth, FIDLAR, Joey… More »

By: 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 will also feature a remix from Azari & III’s Dinamo Azari and two others. Check out the remix below. More »

By: 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 is here in Sweden, at Gothenburg’s Way Out West festival, to DJ in the afternoon sun. There are trees all around him, and he’s in front of a placid duck… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 10, 2013 - 8:56 am

Turntable Interview: Austra

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 »

By: Melissa Locker / August 8, 2013 - 3:52 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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 pick… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 19, 2013 - 10:34 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 music video into an excellent ’80s-style B-movie. But that’s exactly what we get with the Exploding Motor Car-directed video for their house-inflected single “Painful Like.” The clip stars bubbling ooze,… More »

By: 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 them avoiding the sophomore slump. Austra have definitely grown in the live performace department compared to when I saw them open for Cold Cave in 2011. Bestial Mouths were fitting… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / June 24, 2013 - 5:59 pm

Album Of The Week: Austra Olympia

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 »

By: Tom Breihan / June 18, 2013 - 1:39 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 techno respectively, both landing squarely on their respective month’s best-of Mixes. (March and May, if you’re keeping score.) Now in June, Katie Stelmanis is set to release the full set,… More »

By: 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 in three forms: a 12-track downloadable zip of the month’s best free MP3s, a 15-song Spotify playlist of May’s finest Spotify-enabled tracks, and to close it out, a 46-track Soundcloud… More »

By: 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 forthcoming Olympia is the sound of a band consciously embracing classic dance production ideas. That first listen had some old Chicago house to it, while “Painful Like” makes organic bedfellow… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 30, 2013 - 10:20 am
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