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Courtney Barnett

FUV's New Dig: Courtney Barnett

by Darren DeVivo
Courtney Barnett (courtesy of the artist)

Sometimes I Sit And Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
Courtney Barnett
Mom + Pop

Every so often, a new artist comes around who demands your attention. Such was the case in 2013, when Courtney Barnett’s superb single “Avant Gardener," found on her second EP and included on the compilation, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, declared the arrival of an exciting new voice. This week, the Melbourne, Australia native unveils her first full-length album, Sometimes I Sit And Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

As a musician, Barnett is hard to quickly describe. She is a brilliant lyricist and writes in a style that is both eloquent and street-wise. She has a knack for taking ordinary events and turning them into intriguing melodramas. She is wickedly witty and pens songs that brim with humor and fun, as well as angst and drama. Sometimes I Sit And Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit is an invigorating, edgy rock album, abundant with Barnett's detailed thoughts, opinions, and candid observations.

Courtney Barnett - FUV Live - 2015

by Kara Manning

Whether sputtering out sabre-sharp bon mots in blistering garage rockers like "Pedestrian At Best" or narrating, with the weary rumination of a chronic insomniac, the late-night spirals of her mind ("An Illustration of Loneliness (Sleepless in NY)"), Courtney Barnett is not just an accomplished singer and songwriter, but a contemporary portraitist of her generation. The Melbourne-based Barnett's debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Something I Just Sit, (which is our New Dig this week) is the work of a keenly observant artist with a busy mind and an irreverent sense of humor; there's a real streak of Amy Schumer-style punchlines lurking in Barnett's witty ripostes.

Courtney Barnett: SXSW 2015

by Kara Manning

Since the summer of 2013, Aussie dynamo Courtney Barnett has been on a dizzying ascent, sparked by her vivid, very funny song detailing a panic attack, "Avant Gardener," which became an unlikely international hit. A flurry of brilliant gigs at New York's CMJ Music Marathon later that fall sealed the deal: the Melbourne-based songwriter was utterly unique, a genial Scheherazade of the indie rock set with a wickedly dry sense of humor.

SXSW 2015: Public Radio Rocks Day Stage Showcase

by WFUV Staff

From NYC to Austin, Team FUV is getting ready for our annual live broadcast from SXSW. The Public Radio Rocks SXSW Day Stage showcase once again brings live music discovery to the radio, and not only on FUV but on our partner stations: WXPN in Philadelphia, KUTX in Austin, KXT in Dallas and The Current in Minneapolis. So listen along with music fans all over the country – this Friday from 1 to 7pm EDT – for performances by Twin Shadow, Gang of Four, Ryan Bingham, Best Coast, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear and Courtney Barnett.

Courtney Barnett - FUV Live at Electric Lady Studios - 2014

by Rita Houston

During this episode of FUV Live, Australian rocker Courtney Barnett and her band perform a live concert at Electric Lady Studios for an audience of WFUV Marquee members. The set featured songs from her album The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas.


  • Lance Jr.
  • Canned Tomatoes (Whole)
  • Scotty Says
  • History Eraser
  • Avant Gardener
  • David

Courtney Barnett - FUV Live - 2014

by Kara Manning

With her smart guitar chops, droll sense of humor, intricate lyrics and raconteur-style singing, Australia’s Courtney Barnett is one of the most exciting new artist discoveries over the last year. A set of impressive shows at the CMJ Music Marathon in October elevated Courtney as New York's new Aussie darling and she's sold out every gig she has booked here since last fall (with more appearances scheduled in June). The Melbourne singer's compilation of her early work, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, is out now, but Courtney is focused on finally recording her debut album. She is quick to point out that the EPs represent only a very nascent sampling of her songs.