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Katie Stelmanis sings with her band Austra at the Fillmore in San Francisco.

Toronto-based band Austra returned to San Francisco on Saturday for the second time this year to promote their well praised sophomore long-player, Olympia (2013, Domino), to a head-bobbing, hand-waving mass of college grads.

The enthusiasm must have been a relief for Austra’s lead singer and namesake, Katie Austra Stelmanis, after all Stemanis (or her narrative counterpart) has been through, according to Olympia‘s reflective mood and lyrics.

Midway through the set, Stelmanis returned the Bay Area fan-love through her microphone.

“We love playing for you,” admitted Stelmanis to the buzzing, intimately-packed room. “I feel like in all of America, You guys know what’s up.”

Scroll down for more photos from the whimsical evening.

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photos and words by Audrey Gertz

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