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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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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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This Just In: A new Kurt and Courtney collab has surfaced (no, not that one but still just as cool)

It seems that the indie rock gods have smiled upon us today, as it has been confirmed that hometown hero, Kurt Vile, and Melbourne grunge star, Courtney Barnett, have been recording together on a collaboration. With a duo as iconically-named as Kurt and Courtney, it’s gotta be a sign that this upcoming release is going to be legendary.

Hints of a collab between the two have been circulating on social media for some time, but the news was officially confirmed this week by Newmarket Studios in their Instagram post you can see above. 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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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 →