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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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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Courtney Barnett perform on Colbert, Blondie and The Pixies added to NYC Bowie Tribute Shows, & Foals is taking a break

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

She may have missed out on the Best New Artist of the Year Grammy but Courtney Barnett is a hit with nearly anyone who’s seen or heard her music. Check out Courtney’s live-performance of “Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party” on last night’s  Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Continue reading →

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Courtney Barnett made a playlist for The Guardian, calls Kurt Vile “life-changing”

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

Melbourne rocker Courtney Barnett just shared her five songs of the moment with The Guardian, and it just goes to show that the woman’s got incredible taste in music. In the mix with a buzzsaw jam from Bully and an indie classic from The Vaselines are tunes from fellow Australian singer-songwriter Sarah Mary Chadwick and English rocker Bill Ryder Jones. Oh, and Philadelphia’s Kurt Vile, who Barnett positively gushes about. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Courtney Barnett will headline the Electric Factory in May

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

I think we’re all excited for this one – Melbourne rocker Courtney Barnett and her band The Courtney Barnetts, on another leg of touring in support of last year’s phenomenal Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, will headline the Electric Factory in Philly on Thursday, May 26th. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, January 15th at noon.  Continue reading →

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Listen to Courtney Barnett talk about the making of “Depreston” on Song Exploder

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

Courtney Barnett’s melancholic pop tune “Depreston” works in levels. The quiet standout on last year’s Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, set in the Melbourne suburb of Preston, was inspired by a house-hunting trip  with her partner Jen Cloher. It’s also about mortality.

On the latest episode of the Song Exploder podcast, Barnett breaks down the song, which she says came to her in the car ride home. Continue reading →