Thursday, December 29 2011
The year's best new and emerging artists range across the musical spectrum from forward thinking R&B to classic soul, from a bevy of exciting new hip-hop talent to great new hopes for indie rock and Americana. 2011 shows that music is always pushing forward even as it dips into the past.
Sunday, July 31 2011
Katie Stelmanis spent her childhood at recital halls and chorale concerts – and aspired, at one point, to be an opera singer. A left turn in her late teens led her into Toronto’s punk scene. Her latest project, Austra, brings all her worlds together, combining punk’s DIY sensibility, classical music’s intricacies and the heady abandon of electro pop.
Thursday, June 20 2013
Olympia is a revelatory album because its diverse, nuanced sound reflects what Katie Stelmanis' songs are about: coming into your own by moving out of your comfort zone.
Thursday, August 18 2011
As a singer, Austra's Katie Stelmanis possesses an elusive, intangible, ineffable quality to her voice that you can't help but notice. If only the Toronto trio had as compelling a musical perspective to match it.