Austra Biography & News
Canada can claim its fair share of famous musicians, like Celine Dion, Shania Twain and Justin Bieber. But until 2009, they didn't have a band named for the Latvian goddess of light. That's where Toronto's Austra came along, featuring singer/keyboardist Katie Stelmanis, drummer Maya Postepski, and bassist Dorian Wolf.
There are probably things you don't know about this famous outfit, like the fact that Stelmanis is a classically trained vocalist and pianist who joined the Canadian Childrens Opera at age 10, but later fell in love with electronic, punk and industrial music. In 2008 she released a solo album ("Join Us"), was a member of the band Galaxy (with Postepski) and used it as a stepping stone to help form Austra when the group disbanded.
Once the ladies finally found their man, the three initially called their group "Private Life," but changed to Austra after discovering another band with the same name. Thus Austra's debut single, "The Beat and the Pulse," arrived in 2011, and their full-length album, "Feel It Break" followed. The project was not only shortlisted for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize (losing out to Arcade Fire), it was etched on several year-end critics' lists.
Austra's second album, "Olympia," was released on June 18, 2013. It was preceded by the first single, "Home," on March 7. That was followed by "Painful Like." The band toured in support of the project through 2013, and on January 30, 2014 they announced dates in Australia for February. It will include stops at the Adelaida Uni Bar, The Standard in Sydney, The Corner Hotel in Melbourne and the Perth International Arts Festival.
|Album name||Release date|
|Feel It Break||2011|
|Lose It: Remix Rainbow, Part Two||2011|
|Beat and the Pulse||2010|
Top 10 Austra Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|1||Beat and the Pulse||155,334||38,789|
|3||Darken Her Horse||80,719||20,380|
|8||Shoot the Water||60,931||16,118|
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Austra Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 12/19/2014 Toronto ON The Opera House 10/28/2014 San Francisco CA Nob Hill Masonic Center 10/25/2014 Los Angeles CA Orpheum Theatre 10/24/2014 Los Angeles CA Orpheum Theatre 10/19/2014 Quebec QC Le Cercle 09/18/2014 Denver CO Larimer Lounge 09/12/2014 Austin TX Pine Street Station 09/09/2014 Wien 9 Arena Wien 09/04/2014 Leipzig Taubchental 07/12/2014 Amsterdam North Holland Tolhuistuin 07/10/2014 London London Oval Space 05/23/2014 George WA Gorge Amphitheatre 04/18/2014 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 04/16/2014 Reno NV Grand Sierra Theatre 04/15/2014 Ventura CA Majestic Ventura Theatre 04/14/2014 Pomona CA The Glass House 04/11/2014 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 03/15/2014 Toronto ON Foundry Toronto 02/15/2014 Richmond Corner Hotel
Austra Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 11/25/2013 London Hmf KOKO 11/23/2013 Manchester Lan Manchester The Deaf Institute 11/22/2013 Dublin D The Button Factory 11/21/2013 Glasgow Glg CCA 11/18/2013 Strasbourg Bas-rhin La Laiterie 11/17/2013 Tourcoing B4 Le Grand Mix 11/14/2013 Begles A1 BT59 11/13/2013 Madrid Shoko Live 11/09/2013 Istanbul 34 Salon IKSV 11/06/2013 Brussels Brussels-capital Reg Botanique 11/05/2013 Utrecht UT Tivoli Oudegracht 11/03/2013 Koln NW Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld 11/02/2013 Munich BY Atomic Cafe 10/31/2013 Vienna 9 Flex 10/30/2013 Leipzig SN Werk II - Halle D 10/30/2013 Leipzig SN Werk 2 10/29/2013 Berlin Berlin Heimathafen Neukolln 10/12/2013 Victoria BC Sugar Nightclub 10/11/2013 Vancouver BC Commodore Ballroom 10/09/2013 Calgary AB The Gateway 10/07/2013 Saskatoon SK Amigos Cantina 10/06/2013 Regina SK The Exchange 10/05/2013 Winnipeg MB Garrick Centre 09/29/2013 Los Angeles CA Hollywood Bowl 09/27/2013 Toronto ON Phoenix Concert Theatre 09/24/2013 Boston MA Brighton Music Hall 09/22/2013 New York NY Webster Hall 09/20/2013 Philadelphia PA Union Transfer 09/19/2013 Washington DC Black Cat 09/18/2013 Carrboro NC Cat's Cradle 09/17/2013 Atlanta GA The Earl 09/15/2013 New Orleans LA One Eyed Jacks 09/14/2013 Houston TX Fitzgerald's 09/13/2013 Austin TX Mohawk 09/12/2013 Dallas TX Trees 09/10/2013 Phoenix AZ Crescent Ballroom 09/09/2013 Los Angeles CA Echoplex 09/07/2013 San Francisco CA The Fillmore 09/05/2013 Portland OR Star Theater 09/04/2013 Seattle WA Neumos 08/30/2013 Pontiac MI Crofoot Ballroom 08/08/2013 Oslo 03 Parkteateret 07/30/2013 Milan Magnolia Club 07/25/2013 Madrid Nasti 07/18/2013 Beccles Sfk Henham Park 07/08/2013 Quebec QC Plains of Abraham 06/26/2013 San Francisco CA The Independent 06/23/2013 West Hollywood CA Troubadour 06/20/2013 Brooklyn NY Music Hall of Williamsburg 06/17/2013 London London Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen 06/14/2013 Berlin BE Lido 06/12/2013 Paris Ile Nouveau Casino 06/11/2013 Gent Vov DOK 06/10/2013 Amsterdam North Holland Bitterzoet 06/08/2013 Yverdon VD Amalgame 06/07/2013 Kriens LU Sudpol 06/06/2013 Zurich ZH Plaza 06/01/2013 Dublin D Royal Hospital Kilmainham 03/23/2013 Toronto ON Danforth Music Hall 03/19/2013 Toronto ON Marriott Toronto Downtown Eaton Centre 03/16/2013 Austin TX Emo's Alternative Lounge (closed) 03/16/2013 Austin TX Elysium 02/17/2013 Tucson AZ Rialto Theatre 02/15/2013 Tulsa OK Cain's Ballroom 02/14/2013 Dallas TX Granada Theater 02/13/2013 Dallas TX Granada Theater 02/12/2013 Austin TX ACL Live At The Moody Theater 02/11/2013 Austin TX ACL Live At The Moody Theater 02/09/2013 Houston TX House of Blues - Houston 02/08/2013 New Orleans LA House of Blues New Orleans 02/07/2013 Tampa FL The Ritz Ybor 02/05/2013 Miami Beach FL The Fillmore Miami Beach 02/04/2013 Orlando FL The Beacham 02/03/2013 Jacksonville FL Florida Theatre 02/02/2013 Atlanta GA The Tabernacle 01/31/2013 Nashville TN Ryman Auditorium 01/30/2013 Asheville NC The Orange Peel 01/29/2013 Richmond VA The National 01/25/2013 Brooklyn NY Glasslands Gallery 01/25/2013 New York NY Hammerstein Ballroom
Austra Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 12/03/2012 Ottawa ON Ritual Nightclub 11/24/2012 London London The Vaults 09/27/2012 Waterloo ON Starlight Social Club 09/26/2012 London ON London Music Hall 09/25/2012 Hamilton ON This Ain't Hollywood 09/22/2012 Quebec QC Le Cercle 09/19/2012 Brooklyn NY Music Hall of Williamsburg 09/16/2012 San Francisco CA The Independent 09/15/2012 Los Angeles CA El Rey Theatre 09/14/2012 Seattle WA Neumos 09/13/2012 Victoria BC Alix Goolden Performance Hall 09/12/2012 Vancouver BC Venue 08/03/2012 Montreal QC Parc Jean-Drapeau
Austra Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 12/03/2011 Ottawa ON Ritual Nightclub 12/01/2011 Toronto ON Phoenix Concert Theatre 11/28/2011 Chicago IL Empty Bottle 11/24/2011 Winnipeg MB West End Cultural Centre 11/24/2011 Winnipeg MB West End Cultural Centre 11/16/2011 Vancouver BC Electric Owl 11/12/2011 San Francisco CA Great American Music Hall 11/11/2011 Los Angeles CA Echo 11/10/2011 San Diego CA The Casbah 11/09/2011 Costa Mesa CA Detroit Bar 10/26/2011 Philadelphia PA First Unitarian Church 10/05/2011 New York NY Bowery Ballroom