Listen to Austra’s new album Olympia (playing Union Transfer on 9/20)


With the release of their sophomore album Olympia just a few weeks away, Canadian gothic / dance band Austra are streaming the record in full at Last week they released the new single  “Painful Like,” which followed lead single “Home” with Katie Stelmanis’ operatic voice once again musing on the trickiness of love and growing up.  Though the album has an electronic feel to it, the band opted to mirror the authentic and honest nature of the lyrics by using only real instruments and staying away from programming and loops.  Austra will perform at Union Transfer on September 20th with Diana; tickets and information can be found here.  Listen to “Painful Like” below, revisit the video for “Home” here and stream the album here.


Watch a new video from Austra for “Home” (playing Union Transfer on 9/20)


Canadian electronic band Austra have just announced a date at Union Transfer on September 20th in support of their upcoming album Olympia, set for release through Domino Records on July 18th.  “Home,” the lead single from the album, features singer Katie Stelmanis’ theatrical, drawn-out and yearning vocals on top of a bed of up-tempo electronic and traditional instrumentation.  The effect is something operatic and expansive while still personal.  From Austra:

A simple and intimate concept, we hoped to capture the sadness and longing of the track in one take through a two-way mirror. The video is directed by THAT GO, a brilliant director-duo from Seattle….

Tickets for the September show go on sale this Friday, May 3rd.  More information will be available here.  Watch the video for “Home” below.


Photo Recap: The xx and Austra at The Electric Factory

UK downbeat electronic group The xx played for a sold-out crowd at The Electric Factory last night, making up for a rescheduled date from back in October. The band played songs from its 2012 album coexist, as well as its 2009 self-titled debut, and was preceded by an opening set from Toronto synth pop artist Austra. Check out a recap of the evening in the photo gallery above.


Tonight’s Concert Pick: Austra at First Unitarian Church

At first glance, Katie Stelmanis appears to be the delicate, girl-next-door type. But her music suggests quite the opposite. As the front-woman of Austra, she creates mysterious dance music that would make for a great soundtrack of an experimental film. (No surprise, then, that Austra’s music videos delve into nude dancers, reptilian deformities, and sporadic images of missiles—a bizarre realm of visual representation that only its music could support.) Through obsessive electronic beats and extended vocal lines, the songs simultaneously evoke excitement and instill a sense of reverence. Stemanis’ commanding voice sings gruesome, passionate lyrics about love and anger that transform her from some sweet-natured girl to a woman cloaked in darkness and rhythm. Austra performs with Grimes at 8 p.m. at The First Unitarian Church; tickets to the all-ages show are $10–$12. —Caitlyn Grabenstein


This weekend in shows: Death Cab, Cold Cave at Making Time, Archers of Loaf, Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears and the Mad Decent Block Party

There’s lots of cool shows to check out this weekend. Here’s what we recommend.

– Death Cab For Cutie w/ Frightened Rabbit at the Mann Center at 8 p.m. Tickets to the all ages $29.50-$39.50.
– Hometown heroes Man Man with Grandchidren and the West Philadelphia Orchestra at The Trocadero at 7 p.m. Tickets to the all ages show are $14.
– PhillyLOVE w/ DJ Queslove at the Electric Factory at 10:30 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show are $40.20 (including service charges).
– Atomic Square w/ Ages and Bacio at Johnny Brenda’s. Showtime is 9:15 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show are $10.00.
– Making Time w/ Cold Cave and Austra at Voyeur at 9 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show $12 in advance/$15.00 at the door.

– XPN Welcomes Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears w/ Donn T at the TLA at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show are $27.00 (including fee).
– Archers of Loaf w/ By Surprise at The Trocadero. Doors at 8 p.m. Show at 9 p.m. Tickets to the all ages show are $10.00.
– Jill Scott’s Summer Block Party w/ Mint Condition and Anthony Hamilton at the Susquehanna Bank Center at 7 p.m. Tickets to the all ages show are $25.75-$150.75 (additional service fees apply to different ticket levels).
– The Ettes w/ Heavy Cream and Hans Condor at the M! Room at 9 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show are

– Mad Decent Block Party at The Piazza at 1 p.m. This event is all ages and free.
– Sir Benjamin Quintet (Ben Vaughn) w/ this Sunday Dixy Blood at the Little Bar, 736 S. 8th St. (at Fitzwater) at 9:00 p.m.


Get ready to hyper-rage with Making Time July 29th and August 5th at Voyeur

Dave P and the folks at Making Time have been going hard all summer, and the next two weekends should prove to be no exception. They’ll serve as the conclusion to their summer of hyper-raging, featuring two extra-special bangers taking place at Voyeur.

Craft Spells

The first event goes down this Friday, July 29th from 9 p.m.-3:30 a.m. Performers include pop-rock four-piece Dom, Seattle indie-poppers Craft Spells, and Cali indie-psych newcomers Gardens & Villa. The entire gang of Making Time residents—including Dave P, Sammy Slice, Dave Pak, Mike Z, Joel Flood, Russ Alexander, Steve Vena, Adam Sparkles, Pink Skull (DJ set), and The Broadzilla DJs—will be in attendance as well. Get there early for complimentary PBR, Sparks, and Sailor Jerry rum drinks from 9 p.m.-11 p.m.; if you miss those you can still chow down on free hot dogs all night long. Tickets are $10 and are available in advance here.

The second hyper-rager will take place on Friday, August 5th, from 9 p.m.-3:30 a.m., again at Voyeur. Live guests will include synth-pop project Cold Cave and Canadian new-wave trio Austra. Dave P and the whole Making Time crew will rock the dance floors both on the main floor and in the basement. The same free drink and hot dog deals apply; tickets to this event are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. If you’re looking to rage extra hard and save a few bucks, MT is offering a 2-Day Hyper-Rager Pass for $20, available for purchase online here.

DOM – Living In America from Modular People on Vimeo.

Cold Cave – “Love Comes Close” from Peter Jacobson on Vimeo.