Austra

Feel It Break, the debut LP from this Canadian electronic outfit, was a noteworthy introduction to the band's sharp, icy beats and opera-trained frontwoman Katie Stelmanis' strikingly piercing vocals. Austra followed Feel It Break with a remix album, Sparkle (unrelated to the Whitney Houston farewell film), and have since been touring and releasing new music in small increments—they made a guest appearance alongside Jim Jarmusch on the 15-minute Fucked Up single "Year of the Tiger" and performed a spooky cover of the Robyn/Röyksopp song "None of Dem" on an Australian radio station. More interestingly, earlier this month they premiered a new track at a live in-studio; "Painful Like" is promisingly mysterious and woozy, with a killer, pulsing bass line. Nobody's doing electro-Goth better right now. With Vice Device. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Fri., Sept. 14, 8 p.m., 2012

 
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