Few bands today have been exploding quite like Austra. From Jay-Z’s tweets of approval to European tours that have sold out 1,000-seat venues, these Toronto-based purveyors of shadowy electro-pop can’t be stopped. Austra began as the brainchild of Katie Stelmanis. At 10, she was singing in a children’s opera chorus, and began crafting moody synth-pop in her teens. Originally recording under her own name, Stelmanis released her first album, Join Us, in 2008 and contributed her distinctive vocals to Fucked Up’s Polaris Prize-winning Chemistry of Common Life. With the addition of drummer Maya Postepski (Trust) and bassist Dorian Wolf (ex-Spiral Beach), Austra was born. The band’s dark-yet-danceable ’80s sound spread like wildfire, finding fans worldwide. Austra’s debut, Feel It Break, produced by Damian Taylor (Bjork, Prodigy), has already become a smash hit, featured on hundreds of blogs and making many critics’ Best of the Year lists.