Courtney Barnett’s New Single Has Her Brewing Her Own Coffee

Courtney Barnett names her songs things like “Avant Gardener” and calls her backing band “The Courtney Barnetts.” She’s a clever girl. In 2013, her silly word play succeeded in accelerating her soothing, monotone drone of a voice across the twangy landscapes of The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas. The double EP blew up, sending Courtney Barnett and the Courtney Barnetts touring around the world and off towards developing their first true “album.”

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Last week Ms. Barnett dropped her grooviest and homiest little track to date, “Depreston,” the second single off her highly anticipated Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. With a guitar tone that sounds borrowed from Mac Demarco’s 2, “Depreston” has Barnett experimenting sonically, and hints that she isn’t going to hold back from treading new ground.

“Depreston” features Barnett telling a story about house hunting in some undistinguished suburb chock-full of low crime-rates and cul-de-sacs, just far enough out the city to “feel depressing.” The tune begins with her trying to convince herself that she needs to grow up and settle down as she weighs the advantage of brewing her own coffee versus buying fancy lattes from baristas. But soon she finds herself standing in an open-house, contemplating the implications of death, grief, and regrowth after discovering the fate of the home’s previous owner. Barnett sings “If you’ve got a spare half a million, you could knock it down and start rebuildin’” until her incredibly Australian drawl submerges itself into the oceanic groove. Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit is due out March 24th on Mom + Pop.

Years & Years is Electrifying Britain. Next Stop, America.

 

Years & Years plays at London club Heaven, 3/6/15.
Years & Years plays at London club Heaven, 3/6/15.

Like my colleague Brandon Bout, I made sure to catch a live show over Spring Break.  For me, the destination was London and the band was electro-pop trio Years & Years.

I had heard of the group from a fellow Lightning 100 intern in December.  She had spent time working in Britain and assured me that they were on the verge of blowing up across the pond.  Her promise was confirmed when I learned that Years & Years had won the BBC’s prestigious Sound of 2015 poll–an award won in previous years by such acts as Sam Smith, Adele, and Ellie Goulding.  So when I saw that the band would be playing in the British capital during my stay there, I convinced my traveling companions that we needed to go to the concert.

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WRVRoo Bonnaroo Ticket Giveaway

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We have some insanely exciting news for the month of March. After last year’s smashing success, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has agreed to partner with us again to make WRVRoo 2015 a reality. WRVU Nashville will be hosting a two-part ticket giveaway for Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 2015. The grand prize is a pair of four-day passes to the festival in Manchester, TN, June 11-14, with full camping access.

Part 1: Bonnaroo Week on WRVU

WRVU will pick a different artist off of the official lineup each day of the workweek (M-F), March 9-13. Each hour of that week, a DJ will announce the artist of the day and play a song by them. On Friday, after all five artists have been announced, listeners can email WRVUOutreach@vanderbilt.edu with the secret list of all 5 artists of the week. Every listener who gets it right will be eligible for Part 2…

Part 2: Show Your Bonnaroo Spirit!

This will be a social-media centered photo contest, taking place March 17-28. We’ll post your hype on our Facebook, and the winner will be determined by a combination of people’s votes (likes, shares) and judges’ (E-Staff) scores. Creativity will be encouraged — write why you should win and take a picture of it, capture it in a creative image, make relevant artwork, whatever you want!

Get out there and spread the word! Tell your friends, family, and whomever else to tune into WRVU Nashville and participate in WRVRoo 2015!

Spending Spring Break with Viet Cong at The Echoplex

Recently, a friend of mine has gotten me into Viet Cong, the Canadian post-punk band that just released their self-titled debut album in January.  So when I stayed with that same friend in Los Angeles over Spring Break, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see the band while they were in town at one of LA’s fine venues, The Echoplex, last Friday night.  And what a show it was.  I decided to spontaneously purchase my ticket the same day as the show, and I couldn’t have made a better decision on how to spend my last night in LA.

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