Austra

Austra has announced their sophomore album, Olympia, which will be released on June 18 via Domino. Unlike 2011's Feel it Break, which was made primarily by Katie Stelmanis alone, Olympia was a band effort with all instruments played live in the studio with no programming or loops used. Drummer Maya Postepski (also of TRUST), had a big hand in shaping the sound of the new album. "There is a major percussive element running through every song," says Stelmanis. "This is the album where we discovered rhythm." You can check out "Home" from Olympia below.

Austra, who was here recently opening for The xx, will be premiering Olympia material at SXSW next week, including a visit to our Saturday (3/16) day party at the old Emo's space. Austra have also announced a few American live dates around the release of the album, including one in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 20. Tickets for that show go on sale today (3/7) at noon. All Austra tour dates are below.

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Austra - 2013 Tour Dates
03-13 Austin, TX - Vice Land (Vice SXSW)
03-14 Austin, TX - Hype Hotel (Hype Machine SXSW)
03-15 Austin, TX - The Mohawk (Windish SXSW)
03-16 Austin, TX - Elysium (Moog SXSW)
03-16 Austin, TX - Old Emo's (Brooklynvegan SXSW)
06-02 Dublin, IE - Fobidden Fruit
06-06 Zurich, SE - Plaza
06-07 Luzerne, SE - Sudpol
06-08 Yverdon-les Bains, SE - L'Amalgame
06-10 Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet
06-12 Paris, FR - Le Nouveau Casino
06-14 Berlin, DE - Lido
06-17 London, UK - Hoxton Bar Grill
06-20 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
06-23 Los Angeles, LA - Troubadour
06-26 San Francisco, CA - The Independent