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HITS LIST:
CHANGE IS NOW
Is a seismic shift occurring? (2/23a)
UPDATE: A RECORD YEAR FOR LIVE NATION
Rapino's putting asses in seats on a massive scale. (2/23a)
TOMMY MOTTOLA:
THE HITS INTERVIEW
His Latin chapter is a page-turner. (2/23a)
NOTHING MATTERS DOES MATTER
Give 'em hell, KG. (2/23a)
BEYONCÉ’S HISTORY LESSON
A startling crossover move (2/21a)
OUR TOP 10 LIST FOR 2024
Just kidding. But we'll get there.
STRUM AND DRANG
How guitar music got big again.
GRAMMY GRAMMY GRAMMY
Start digging out your formal wear and let's do this.
THE NEXT BIG MONEY PLAY
it's not what you think.
THE B-SIDE
PICKLES FROM A STAR
6/3/15

Since I began working in the music biz, I've learned how to hold myself back from going ape shit while my idols rock the stage just a few feet away from me. As a big fan of Mom+Pop’s Tasmanian devil, Courtney Barnett, I could not contain my excitement as she enchanted the sold-out Roxy on Saturday night, compelling me to sing at the top of my lungs the entire time.

The post-punk songstress transported me to another era with her Nirvana-esque grungy riffs and throwback to Louis Armstrong’s classic tune “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.” Check out my favorite Barnett song, “Pickles From A Jar" (below), which was featured in Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2014, for a taste of what I’m talking about.


Contrary to my expectations of a club filled with lesbians (Hell, Courtney even made me reconsider my sexuality), the room was predominantly filled with middle-aged men and their teenage kids all equally excited to hear Courtney churn out songs from her debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and sometimes I Just Sit.

Rife with biting lyrics and effortless attitude, her record has become a staple of my musical diet and is already my favorite album of 2015. This chick can really hold her own with the likes of Chrissie Hynds and Joan Jett; if only they were still writing classics...

L'Chaim,
Naomi Robin