Live Video: Austra

photo by Morgen Schuler (view set)

It’s a long way from Toronto, Ontario, to the Doug Fir lounge in Portland, Oregon, but any travel issues the critically-acclaimed Canadian band Austra had to endure didn’t show at their MusicFest NW performance on KEXP. The band, as usual, was composed, in control, and luminous. Throughout their emphatic, energetic yet wavering set, lead singer Katie Stelmanis’ voice fluttered with unearthly poise. And if somehow the music didn’t totally capture your attention, the keyboardist’s suspenders did the job, or the drummer’s white-rimmed glasses, or the bass player’s Rickenbacker (perhaps the most beautiful instrument on the planet!). You can’t help but be captivated by Austra. Watch their live performance here:

Full performance:

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