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Concert Fri May 13 2011

Preview: Austra @ Beauty Bar

On Saturday, May 21, Toronto-based trio Austra will bring their mesmerizing electronic-pop to the stage at Beauty Bar.

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The sounds on Austra's debut album, Feel It Break, are atmospheric without sounding too aloof, dark and goth-y minus the gloom. Vocalist Katie Stelmanis's poignant, hauntingly powerful voice shines through the already glossy instrumental undertones keeping Feel It Break from falling into the sometimes sleazy "club music" genre. Sure it's danceable, but it's also delicate and sensual.

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In Austra's breakout single, "Don't Lose," Stelmanis's heartrending vocals descends on swells of space-like keyboard sounds and a simple, poppy drumbeat. It's a formula that Austra uses for the majority of Feel It Break's tracks and it works. Check out the other ten songs off Feel It Break when it drops on May 16.

Austra will be hitting up Chicago on May 21 at the Beauty Bar (1444 W. Chicago Ave.). Trust, Gemini Club and just.one.duran will also be performing. Get there early and enjoy $3 PBR Tall Boys, $4 wells or Beauty Bar's signature $10 manicure/martini deal. The show starts at 10pm and tickets are only $5.

 
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