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XPN Fest: Courtney Barnett leaves the River Stage audience a group of happy campers

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Courtney Barnett | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Australian phenom Courtney Barnett had the crowd in the palm of her hand after her performance on the River Stage. She and her bandmates, Bones Sloane (bass) and Dave Mudie (drums), played a combination of new tracks off 2015 release Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit and older favorites. 

The set began with single “Elevator Operator”, at which point the whole lawn was already awash with happy, happy concertgoers. After a strong rendition of “Lance Jr.” (off 2014′s The Double Ep: A Sea of Split Peas), Barnett continued on with a string of tunes from Sometimes, including an intimate performance of “Depreston” (“As close to Paul Kelly as we get,” she joked). Continue reading →

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Visual Art from an #XPNFest Artist: See pics from Courtney Barnett’s NYC gallery show

Courtney Barnett and her artwork | Photo by P Squared Photography | via brooklynvegan.com

Indie rocker Courtney Barnett has certainly been busy. In addition to playing XPoNential fest this weekend, she headlined New York’s Terminal 5 last week, and in order to promote the show, she hosted an art opening at Lower East Side gallery Ludlow Studios. It showcased tour photography and varying drawings of chairs that were featured in the  album artwork for Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit. If that’s not rad enough, members from Speedy Ortiz DJ’d the entire event. Continue reading →

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Listen to #XPNFest artist Courtney Barnett’s Guest DJ set on NPR’s All Songs Considered

Courtney Barnett | Tajette Ohalloran
Courtney Barnett | Tajette Ohalloran

XPN Fest artist Courtney Barnett joined Bob Boilen on this week’s episode of All Songs Considered to guest DJ and talk about some of the songs that have inspired her musical career. Coming off her critically acclaimed debut LP, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, Barnett explained her writing habits and some of her influences in and outside of music, including the influence her family and friends have had on her career so far. Continue reading →

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Courtney Barnett delivers legend-levels of rock at Union Transfer

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

When Courtney Barnett made her Philly debut at Union Transfer back in February, 2014, I was there, my camera and notebook in tow. Of that glorious evening, I wrote the following:

Believe the hype. Courtney Barnett is for real, and she hasn’t even released a proper album yet… Watching Courtney Barnett and her eponymous band at UT on Thursday, I could not shake the nagging suspicion that I was witnessing the birth of a star. Shine on. Continue reading →

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Watch #XPNFest artists Courtney Barnett and My Morning Jacket perform on the Conan O’Brien show

My Morning Jacket | photo via facebook.com/mymorningjacket
My Morning Jacket | photo via facebook.com/mymorningjacket

WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival is happening this summer the weekend of July 24-26th at Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center on the Camden, NJ waterfront. Recently, two bands playing the festival were on Conan O’Brien show. Below, watch My Morning Jacket perform “Believe (Nobody Knows),” from their recent album The Waterfall and Courtney Barnett play “Dead Fox” from Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit.

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Animals turn the tables in Courtney Barnett’s comical animated video for “Dead Fox”

Courtney Barnett | Photo by John Vettese
Courtney Barnett | Photo by John Vettese

XPoNential Music Festival headliner Courtney Barnett has never been short on a sense of humor.  Her new video for her “Dead Fox” from her new Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit is a whimsical animated clip that follows a bunch of animals as they run from the cops, ride bikes, and even chase down humans. Continue reading →