Snap Scene: Patti Smith & Courtney Barnett, Festival Hall, Melbourne – 20th April 2017

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Patti Smith is a bestselling author, performance poet, visual artist and activist whose extraordinary contributions to the artistic realm and human rights have been recognised with an induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Polar Music Prize, and the honour of “Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres” from the French Ministry of Culture just to name a few of her accolades.

Pitchfork likened Courtney Barnett‘s latest single Avant Gardener to “mid-’60s Bob Dylan and a Byrds-ian blend of psychedelia, folk and country” while Brooklyn Vegan wrote that “her songwriting that hearkens back to the creative burst of the late ’60s. Specifically in California — her melodies and psychedelic harmonies recall the work of David Crosby or John Phillips”.

Contrary to the slacker-pop sensibility and laid-back psychedelia of her recordings, the sprawling, hair-raising guitar jams of her live trio “The Courtney Barnetts” are simply electrifying.

Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit – Mixing witty, often hilarious, occasionally heartbreaking observations with devastating self-assessment, Courtney Barnett’s debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, cements her standing as one of the most distinctive and compelling voices in indie rock. These songs reveal not only an assured songwriter and guitar player, but also an artist who in just a few years has already proved highly influential becoming one of Australia’s biggest music exports


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