Union Transfer


Courtney Barnett

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Courtney Barnett


Thu, February 20, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA

$10.00 - $12.00

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Courtney Barnett
Courtney Barnett
Since the release of her debut full-length "Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit", Courtney Barnett has been celebrated as one of the most distinctive and compelling voices in indie rock, a singer-writer who mixes deeply insightful observations with devastating self-assessment.

Rolling Stone praised her as “one of the sharpest, most original songwriters around—at any level, in any genre… a self-strafing humorist á la Lena Dunham who’s also a Dylan-style word ninja”. She's a critical darling with an adoring fanbase to match. Barnett's electric live shows have seen her grace the stages of the biggest festivals of the world, playing to adoring audiences across 5 continents.

Barnett has won 4 ARIA Awards, the prestigious Australian Music Prize and APRA's Australian Songwriter Of The Year Award. She has been nominated for a Grammy and a Brit Award and also won The USA Independent Music Association's Libera Award. She's topped it all off with a performances on The Ellen Degeneres Show, three appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, several and the season finale of Saturday Night Live.

2017 saw the release of the wonderful album "Lotta Sea Lice" a collaboration album with Kurt Vile and a gorgeous place-holder while we await the release of her second full-length in 2018.

Courtney is the founder of Milk! Records, a label based in Melbourne, Australia through which she releases her own records and those of Jen Cloher, Fraser A. Gorman, Jade Imagine, Loose Tooth, East Brunswick All Girls Choir and more.
Currently hailing from Brighton, England. Kins originally formed in late 2010, around a collection of home-demos by frontman Thomas Savage.

Kins spent their first six months playing small shows up and down the coasts of Australia with the city of Melbourne acting as home-base. In May 2011 they released their 7-track debut E.P; ‘Dancing Back And Forth Covered In Whipped Cream’ which established early on, the distinct sound which earned the band a staunch set of followers.

After relocating to England, Thomas and Jacky were faced with the task of finding a new rhythm section, which eventually arrived in the form of Rob and Alex. Refusing to waste a single day, the band restlessly went about writing, recording and rehearsing fresh batches of material.

After linking up with a UK Management company, who signed them immediately after seeing them live, the band decided to self produce an album of songs. Recorded over the winter months of 2012-2013 in a damp basement flat by the sea, ‘KINS’ yields 10 tracks which aptly reflect the isolated environment they were created in.

Once spread publicly in July 2013, these new songs, with their themes of confusion, guilt and nihilism, provoked an immediate reaction.

Reviews across the board were very positive and saw the likes of Indie Shuffle declare ‘This album is one of those records you want to share with as many people as possible because it’s seriously that good.’ London blog ThisIsFakeDiy mused ‘Rarely have we heard so much anger and cause in a band sporting sophisticated, guitar-led pop.’ This ‘anger’ is emphasised in their live show, a live review from ARTROCKER reads ‘Songs are so brutal, that at times they feel like the equivalent of shimmering, psychedelic shotgun blasts to the head.’

Kins’ momentum is fast building, with strong radio support in the UK and US. Gaining UK plays from BBC Radio 1 (Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens, Phil Taggart & Alice Levine and Jen & Ally), BBC 6music, and joining the XFM Evening Playlist and Amazing Radio A list. They’ve also picked up early support in the US with KCRW, The Current & WXPN quick to play tracks from the bands debut.
Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123