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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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Listen to Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson and her dad Alan Guest DJ the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Alan Jacobson, Eric Schuman and Abbi Jacobson | Photo by Lori Shuster
Alan Jacobson, Eric Schuman and Abbi Jacobson | Photo by Lori Shuster

We don’t often have guest DJs on the Indie Rock Hit Parade (in fact, the title was previously held by just Jon Wurster). This time around, we got a pair of very special guests to curate their own playlist for the Hit Parade. Abbi Jacobson is one of the creators and stars of Comedy Central’s Broad City, and her dad Alan is the president of Philadelphia-based design partnership ex;it + J2. Together they join host Eric Schuman to chat about Abbi’s rigorous work schedule, Alan’s fandom of Broad City and their shared connection to the Golden Slipper organization. They also share some of their favorite music picks from Courtney Barnett, Tom Waits and Arcade Fire’s Will Butler.

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Golden Broad: Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson (and her dad Alan) guest DJ, plus new Steve Gunn & Weaves on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Abbi and Alan Jacobson | Photo by Richard Chaitt, courtesy of Golden Slipper
Abbi and Alan Jacobson | Photo by Richard Chaitt, courtesy of Golden Slipper

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is a pretty special one, so make sure you’re tuned in at 11pm ET on WXPN (not too long after Making Time RADio with Dave P, you know?). On this week’s full two-hour show, we’ll be joined by a pair of guest DJs: co-creator and star of Comedy Central’s Broad City, Abbi Jacobson, and her dad Alan! The pair chat about their connection to Philly and, in particular, to the Golden Slipper organization. They’ll also play a few of their own favorite songs from Courtney Barnett, Tom Waits and Arcade Fire’s Will Butler. Also on tonight’s show, a spotlight on the newly released album from Steve Gunn. The former Kurt Vile sideman just released Eyes On The Lines, the latest in an evolving string of solo records. And be on the lookout for new tunes from Weaves, Big Thief and Wild Beasts in the mix, too…

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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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Watch Courtney Barnett rock Coachella ahead of her Electric Factory performance next month

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Courtney Barnett | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN

Since its inception in 1998, Coachella has transformed from a hipster mecca to a stomping ground for Taylor Swift’s #squad, but the festival still manages to bring in the world’s premiere rockers pushing the envelope. Australia’s top garage rocker and XPN favorite Courtney Barnett was there, and Pitchfork has compiled footage from her performance from over the weekend. Continue reading →

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Listen to The War On Drugs covering “Touch Of Grey,” Courtney Barnett covering “New Speedway Boogie” and more from The National’s Grateful Dead tribute comp

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The War on Drugs | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com

Confession: I’ve never considered myself a “Deadhead.” Every once in a while when I was growing up, my dad would play “Friend of the Devil” or “Brokedown Palace” (pretty much just American Beauty). I’ve always enjoyed their music, but I’ve really only scratched the surface when it comes to their immense catalogue of live recordings, Dick’s Picks, and journeys into psychedelia.

But when it comes to songwriting and capturing the American experience, The Grateful Dead really were one of the greatest bands of the past 50 years. The National knows this, and apparently 58 other hugely successful bands and musicians do as well. That’s why the Dessner’s (Bryce & Aaron of The National) have assembled the outrageously massive Day Of The Dead tribute compilation, which features everyone from Bruce Hornsby to Wilco, Philly’s The War on Drugs to Bob Weir himself covering classic Dead tunes from their earliest stages up until present day. Continue reading →

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The National complete all-star Grateful Dead tribute with Courtney Barnett, Wilco and more

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

After several years of working on a benefit compilation of Grateful Dead covers, The National have announced the track list and contributors of their Day of the Dead box-set. The 59-song album is the second all-star project members of The National have put together for AIDS organization Red Hot, following up 2009’s Dark Was the Night.

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