A little over a year ago, Crystal Castles released Amnesty (I), its fourth studio album, via Fiction Records and Casablanca Records. The record debuted the new team of founder Christopher Chartrand and vocalist Edith Frances, who have been touring since the album’s release. Crystal Castles arrive at 9:30 Club on Saturday, Sept. 30, and you can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.
Experimental Canadian rock band Broken Social Scene released Hug of Thunder, its fifth studio album, via Arts & Crafts in July. The 17-person collective then launched a world tour that included a stop at 9:30 Club on Sept. 19. That night quickly sold out, and the band added a second show at 9:30 Club on Wednesday, Sept. 20. You can win tickets to attend that show with Parklife DC.
The spring night began in anticipation as fans awaited from high in the lawn to deep in the pit for Joel Zimmerman’s performance. And Joel, better known as Deadmau5, delivered a performance I’ll always remember at Merriweather Post Pavilion on April 8.
“This is an appropriate place to play this song,” suggested Katie Stelmanis at the Black Cat in DC on Saturday.
Canadian vocalist and producer Katie Stelmanis has been receiving praise with the upcoming third album by her band Austra, which is visiting the Black Cat on Saturday, Jan. 28.
“Stelmanis’ personal satisfaction derives from artistic validation… and having a voice… and with ‘Utopia’” she’s found both in the form of a steely cold and cascading swirl of a track. One that’s anthemic, too, in a way that encourages you to find your own resolve, as well,” said Stereogum in praising the song “Utopia” from the upcoming album, Future Politics, due Jan. 20 via Domino.
Watch the official music video for “Utopia” by Austra via YouTube:
In a statement, Katie said the new album has a point: “a commitment to replace the approaching dystopia.”
The goal then is to inspire hope and thus spur individual people to make the right decisions (and while offering good dance music, of course). “Not just hope in the future, but the idea that everyone is required to help write it,” she said.