Courtney Barnett: Artist You Should Know

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Australian singer Courtney Barnett was the talk of the CMJ music conference late last year and for good reason.

She has this confidence, this “I’m going to say what I want and don’t care what you think” directness (but not angry, mind you) that reminds me of early Liz Phair.

KCRW DJ Anne Litt also gravitated toward her. “It’s that take no prisoners, ballsy approach that you don’t see in female singers often enough. She’s like a girl I want to go have a drink with.”

She’ll be playing a show at the Bootleg on February 23 and, from what I’ve heard about her live performances, you should probably go ahead and buy your tickets now.