Austra certainly aren't the only band marrying thumping drums to dark gothic overtones, but they win at being the most emotive. Frontwoman Katie Stelmanis airs her grievances for a brightly-lit disco in a quavering voice, and flips house music over to examine its psychological underbelly. Arpeggiated basslines lay the groundwork for Stelmanis to exorcise personal and political demons via her classically-trained singing, and the results emit a haunted pulse that slinks and startles like some sexy ghost. With Diana. 18+.
Sun., Sept. 1, 8 p.m., 2013