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COURTNEY BARNETT | the AU review
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COURTNEY BARNETT

Hot Chip, Dirty Three, Courtney Barnett & more announced for Sugar Mountain 2016!

Before the weekend, Le1f was the first name leaked/revealed for Melbourne's Sugar Mountain festival, quickly indicating that the organisers had another vibrant and eclectic line up in store. This morning, they've gone and announced the full line up of artists, musicians and individuals set to take part in the event next January at the VCA and Melbourne Arts Precinct!

Courtney Barnett, Jess Ribeiro, Totally Mild and The Peep Tempel among the nominations for the Age Music Victoria Awards 2015

The largest publicly voted music awards in the country, The Age Music Victoria Awards, have announced the nominees for 2015, highlighting the best of contemporary, Victoria-based Australian music in the past 12 months and celebrating the enormous success of our very fine, very strong industry. As always, the awards will also shed light on the best venue and festival in Victoria over the past year.

Courtney Barnett leads ARIA Award nominations for 2015; Artisan and Fine Arts Award winners announced!

The nominations for the 2015 ARIA Awards have taken place in Sydney today, with the winners of the Artisan and Fine Arts categories also being announced. Courtney Barnett won her first ARIA Award during the event, taking away a statue for Best Cover Art, while Kevin Parker won both Producer of the Year and Engineer of the Year for Tame Impala's latest album, Currents. For Barnett, today's event revealed her as the artist with the most ARIA nominations for 2015, racking up a massive eight nominations.

Courtney Barnett teams up with Jack White to pay tribute to an Aussie rock legend

Aussie gem Courtney Barnett has hooked up with Jack White at his very own Third Man Studio in Nashville to record two new songs, one of which is a cover of Rowland S. Howard's timeless "Shivers". The other, a sequel of sorts to Barnett's "Boxing Day Blues", will be released on a limited edition vinyl later this month; for now, Barnett and White's spine-tingling version of "Shivers" is our first taste of what this duo are capable of: beautiful, emotive, good ol' fashioned rock n roll.

Nominees for the 2015 AIR Award for Best Independent Label announced!

We're two weeks out from the 2015 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards and with the performers and first round nominees already announced, the good folk at AIR have today announced the latest nominees to the pool of great talent already up for awards. The nominees for Best Independent Music Label have been rolled out this morning, including Elefant Traks, Milk! Records, Liberation Music, Future Classic and Ivy League Records. The category, introduced in 2012, saw I OH YOU win at last year's ceremony, held at North Melbourne's Meat Market venue in October.

Foals and Bloc Party lead the first artist announcement for the Falls & Southbound festivals!

Now that Splendour in the Grass is over for another year, Australian festival goers can now look ahead to the next major run of festivals coming up over the New Year period and for 2015, the crew behind the Falls and Southbound festivals have delivered a pretty slick line up of artists set to bring in your New Year right. Leading the first artist announcement of the festival tour are Foals and Bloc Party, both British bands who have long enjoyed a successful relationship with fans in Australia.

Our 20 Favourite Records of 2015...So Far (Part Two: 10-1)

Yesterday, we brought you the first batch of 2015-released albums that AU contributors ranked as the best of the year so far. A great blend of Australian and international releases, the list reflected a wide range of music tastes and killer tunes that obviously have struck a chord with music fans globally. Today, we continue with the countdown, naming the ten records that have stood out above the rest as some of the best albums of 2015. Sure, we're only at the midway point of the year, but no doubt, some of these artists are probably going to be making a few end-of-year wrap ups too. So, from #10 through #1...

US Rolling Stone names Courtney Barnett's "Pedestrian At Best" 2015's 'Song of the Year'!

The rise of Courtney Barnett to internationally recognised and acclaimed songwriter and performer over the past few years has truly fascinating to watch. While we've known of her talents on the local front for some time now, being able to watch her completely entrance and hook international audiences in in recent times had us (and no doubt any other Australian in the crowd) feel pangs of pride. Over the last few days, publications have been rolling out their 2015 Best Of (so far) lists - stay tuned for the AU's - and according to Rolling Stone in the US, Barnett's "Pedestrian At Best" tune taken from her debut album Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, has taken the #1 position as the best song of 2015.

Exclusive Live Video Premiere: Moshcam captures Courtney Barnett performing "Kim's Caravan" in Melbourne!


Photo: PJ Pantelis

Hometown shows always offer something a little special for an artist and their fans alike and for Courtney Barnett, returning to Melbourne recently to headline The Forum, we can only imagine what that experience was like. A current gem of the international music industry, Courtney's recent Australian shows went lengths in demonstrating why she is such a hot name on the scene at the moment. Our friends at Moshcam were on ground at Courtney's Melbourne show to capture the action and today we premiere one of their cuts from the show - a killer rendition of Courtney's tune "Kim's Caravan".

Watch Courtney Barnett absolutely dominate The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

It's been fun watching Courtney Barnett slay it overseas with her highly acclaimed Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. It seems like she's really making her mark as one of the biggest names on the international scene right now, and it's not hard to understand why with live performances like this. Barnett showed up to rock the studio stage of The Tonight Show recently, performing "Pedestrian at Best" with her superb touring band. Watch her own the stage below:

Music Video of the Day: Courtney Barnett “Dead Fox” (2015)

Courtney Barnett’s debut Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, debuted at number #10 on the US Billboard charts and #4 on the ARIA charts here in Australia, and “Dead Fox” is the new single off it. Animated and directed by Rory Kerr and Paul Ruttledge is it’s new video, a beautiful but slightly disturbing children’s story. Watch it here:

Photo Gallery: Courtney Barnett - The Gov, Adelaide (30.04.15)

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett played the first of two sold out shows at The Gov on Thursday night following on from the release of her debut album and the hype of her SXSW shows. Kerrie Geier was there for the AU review.

Aussies Abroad: Skegss, Starlight Theatre, Smith Street, The Red Paintings, Twin Lakes, True Vibenation and Courtney Barnett reveal international tour dates!


Pictured: Starlight Theatre

As an ongoing commitment to support Australian music, we give you five Australian bands that will soon be doing international tours in the next couple of months. Read on to find the latest dates and location venues...

New Music Video: Courtney Barnett "Kim’s Caravan" (2015)

As Courtney Barnett is busy taking over the world, she’s found time to film a video for her track "Kim’s Caravan". Filmed on location in Philip Island, its beautiful cinematography is directed by Melbourne based Bec Kingma. Watch it here:

Celebrating World Record Store Day: the AU's 12 Hottest RSD Vinyl Releases for April 18th, 2015

This Saturday, April 18th, marks the world-wide celebration of World Record Store Day. The event, started six years ago as a means to celebrate the sale of vinyl music, last year boosted record sales to the highest they've been since the day's creation. This year, record stores the nation over are hosting celebratorial events, including live music, signings, appearances, giveaways and exclusive RSD releases. Below you can find a complete list of participating Australian venues.