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Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile provide comfort and compassion with their new single, “Continental Breakfast”

 

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile | photo by Danny Cohen | courtesy of the artist

Indie singer-songwriter heavyweights Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile have returned with another teaser of their upcoming collaborative album, Lotta Sea Lice, coming out October 13th. The new “Continental Breakfast” is a worthy follow-up to Barnett and Vile’s lead single “Over Everything”; their vocal chemistry is great and they exhibit an ability to mix back and forth lyrical dialogue with seamless harmony-based choruses. Both artists have established themselves as two of the more influential songwriters in the indie rock scene, so this album is shaping up to be a tour de force. Continue reading →

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Listen to Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile’s album opener “Over Everything”

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile’s Lotta Sea Live

After sharing album details in Rolling Stone interview yesterday, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile unveiled the opening track to their collaborative album Lotta Sea Lice, out October 13th. It sounds like the perfect synthesis of the two songwriters’ styles — drifting and dreamy guitars and lackadasically cool vocals trading lyrics in a call-and-response style. You can check it out in premiere from Zane Lowe’s Beats One Radio show below — the song begins at the three-minute mark, but it’s adjoined by some pretty informative interviews with Vile and Barnett on either side. Continue reading →

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Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett’s album is called Lotta Sea Lice, features Belly covers and more

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile | photo by Danny Cohen | courtesy of the artist

Back in the spring, we were very excited to hear that Philly’s Kurt Vile and Melbourne’s Courtney Barnett recorded a collaborative album, and were taking it on tour together.

Today, thanks to a new interview in Rolling Stone, we have some details on the record. Continue reading →

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Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile made a record together, are touring together, playing the Tower Theater in November

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile | photo by Danny Cohen | courtesy of the artist

This is just too much good news in one shot, so we’ll do our best to keep our excitement in check.

Remember that story this spring about Philly’s Kurt Vile being spotted in Melbourne’s Newmarket Studio with Courtney Barnett? Yeah, well they weren’t just tracking a one-off single or doing some for-funsies collab…it was part of a full record they recorded together.

Better still: they’re taking the album on tour together across north America this fall.

And they’ve an all-star group of players, or what Vile is terming “A cookin’ band and an intercontinental country duo for the ages-minus the country.” The band will be a revolving cast of Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag), Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), Rob Laakso (The Violators, The Swirlies, Mice Parade) and Katie Harkin (Harkin, Sky Larkin and touring member of Sleater-Kinney and Wild Beasts) They’re calling themselves The Sea Lice.

Oh, and they’re playing The Tower Theater in Upper Darby on Friday, November 3rd. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 9th, at 10 a.m. More info at the XPN Concert Calendar. (Phew.) Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “How To Boil An Egg” by Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Last week, Australian singer, songwriter, guitarist and favorite rockers Courtney Barnett released “How To Boil An Egg,” a newly recorded song she recorded for Milk! Records’ Split Singles Club. Continue reading →

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Holy smokes, it’s a new Courtney Barnett song! Listen to “How To Boil an Egg”

Courtney Barnett | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

We’re not exactly sure where Melbourne rock and roll sensation Courtney Barnett is at with her followup to 2015’s outstanding Sometimes I Sit And Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, but tonight we are positively pumped to bring you “How To Boil An Egg,” a newly recorded track she recorded for Milk! Records’ Split Singles Club. Continue reading →

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Watch Courtney Barnett’s wild ride as the “Elevator Operator”

Courtney Barnett in the “Elevator Operator” video | via Brooklyn Vegan

We’ve all had those awkward elevator rides. Nobody wants to experience them them, but it sure is fun to watch others suffer through one. Now, thanks to Courtney Barnett, we can do just that. The Australian rocker has released a video for the song “Elevator Operator,” off her 2015 album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Courtney Barnett covers The Lemonheads, Yusuf Islam releases a new song and more

Courtney Barnett | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | <a href="http://michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Courtney Barnett | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN 

A couple of weeks after performing just part of it in Philly, Courtney Barnett covered The Lemonheads 1993 tune “Paid To Smile,”  plus two of her new ones, as an accoustic guest on CBC Radio 2’s The Strumbo Show.  In a recent interview Barnett called it “The perfect pop song.” Continue reading →

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Hopelessly Devoted to Rocking: Courtney Barnett at the Electric Factory

Courtney Barnett | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Courtney Barnett | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Aussie singer-songwriter/guitarist Courtney Barnett and her band rocked it out out the Electric Factory on Thursday night. Barnett is currently touring in support of her critically-acclaimed 2015 album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. With multiple festival set appearances, a recent debut performance on SNL’s season finale and a Grammy nomination, Barnett has had quite a busy year since her last performance in Philly at last year’s XPoNential Music Festival. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Courtney Barnett at the Electric Factory, Ill Doots at Johnny Brenda’s, Four Tet at 714

Courtney Barnett | Photo By Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Courtney Barnett | Photo By Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Singer-songwriter-rock-and-roller Courtney Barnett is on a victory lap in support of last year’s acclaimed record Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit; tonight, she plays her biggest Philadelphia gig to date, headlining the Electric Factory. With jams like “Pedestrian at Best” and “Dead Fox” and aching numbers like “Deprestion,” it will make you feel all the proverbial feelings. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch Courtney playing XPNFest last summer below. Continue reading →