We highlighted the work of Austra's synth-driven, new-wave antics last week as part of our ongoing Prefix Artist to Watch series. Fellow 'Fix writer Hilary Beck particularly noted one of the band's biggest strengths, their live shows. And building on that more the week prior was another of my associates, Andrew Winistorfer. He described one of their SXSW shows as a "mixture of synchronized dance, monolithic beats, and awkward staring."
He also threw them under the "good" category of concerts he attended that day, which included acts like Bass Drum of Death and Oh Land. With all of that in mind, we'd be hard pressed to not suggest that you should head to one of Austra's newly announced shows. The only problem is you're kind of out of luck if you don't live in the limited region they're performing. Well, for now, at least. We expect big things from the band this year.
View the tour dates below.
05.19 Toronto, ON: Lee’s Palace
05.21 Chicago, IL: Beauty Bar
05.23 New York, NY: Mercury Lounge
05.25 Boston, MA: Brighton Music Hall
05.26 Montreal, QC: Il Motore
05.27 Ottawa, ON: Ritual Nightclub
05.28 Waterloo, ON: Starlight Room