Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Recording: Courtney Barnett

Artist: Courtney Barnett

Songs: Avant Gardener + Lance Jr.

Recorded at The Silver Dollar Room (NXNE 2014), June 22, 2014.

Courtney Barnett - Avant Gardener

Courtney Barnett - Lance Jr.

Dan Burke's three-night festival-within-the-festival NeXT shifted to a Friday-Saturday-Sunday format this year, which gave it a chance to become the de facto must see night to close out the festival. As is so often the case, there was some deft programming here with his triple-bill headliner, bringing Australian Courtney Barnett here to serve as a complete unknown on Friday and a name on everyone's lips by Sunday. In a lean and rangy power trio, Barnett brought some meat-and-potatoes rock to the table — simple songs that could get stretched out musically with impressive chops when required (as on "Lance Jr.") or that could catch you off guard with some nimble wordplay (as with "Avant Gardiner"). The slightly bluesy tone with intense sing-speaking brought none other than The Mark Inside to mind in a few spots. A huge success at the festival, Barnett's return has already been announced, and she'll be back at Lee's Palace on October 25th.

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