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Courtney Barnett

Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett takes small moments of the every day and turns them into musical masterpieces. Barnett's writing style is conversational and chuck-full of words. She uses sarcastic, witty and genuine lyrics to set herself apart from the alternative rock pack (she even ended up on President Obama's Summer 2016 playlist!) Aside from being a unique songwriting talent, Courtney Barnett's music is punctuated by her explosive guitar playing and powerful stage presence. While performing live, Barnett frequently plays both the lead and rhythm guitar parts, and her energy is electrifying. Jim and Greg spoke to Courtney about her 2015 debut Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, which both hosts had in their top 10 albums list of 2015. They'll also chat about her songwriting process and musical influences, plus Courtney performs an exclusive solo set live from the Goose Island Tap Room.

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Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just SitSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit available on iTunes

Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett has garnered attention over the last few years on the strength of a few buzzed-about EPs. She made a big splash at this year's SXSW and now has a proper album out called Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. Greg loves how Barnett takes everyday details and turns them into incisive songs filled with fleshed out characters. She's also a fantastic guitar player with a distinctive rhythm/lead style. It's one of the best collection of songs Greg has heard in years. Jim compares Barnett to Kurt Cobain in her ability to mix the power of rock with the intricacy of pop melodies. Like Greg, he proclaims it one of the best albums of the year so far. Both critics give Courtney Barnett a Buy It.

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Lotta Sea LiceLotta Sea Lice available on iTunes

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile Lotta Sea Lice

Both Jim and Greg are fans of Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile. Kurt Vile has been on the scene for years, and was a founder of The War on Drugs. Courtney Barnett dropped her well-received debut Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit in 2015. Both Courtney and Kurt have been guests on Sound Opinions (separately). But that doesn't mean that Lotta Sea Lice (their collaborative album) would be an automatic slam dunk. However, to Jim, the album is like“chocolate and the peanut butter comes together, and they're even better than they are on their own.”Greg agrees, adding that "it's like an electric campfire record… it's two mutual admirers… plugging in the amps… [and playing] intimate yet casual guitar." For Jim and Greg it's a double Buy It.

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lists

The Best Albums of 2015

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The Best Albums of 2015…So Far

As of June 2015, Greg and Jim have already reviewed over a dozen records. Being good critics, they're going to point you towards some of their favorites of the year.

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Live on Sound Opinions

So many talented artists and bands stop by our studios for a fascinating interview and a one-of-a-kind live performane. Unfortunately, we don‘t always have time to air every song. Here are a few of the live performances we didn’t get a chance to air before, but are excited to share with you now!

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The Best Songs of 2015: Mixtapes

Before we fully jump into 2016, let's say goodbye to 2015 with the year's best singles.

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