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Courtney Barnett, San Fermin and Mikhael Paskalev


Neptune Theatre University District
Fri., Oct. 31, 8 p.m. 2014 All Ages


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Courtney Barnett, who turned 26 this year, writes the kind of richly imagistic lyrics for which many veteran wordsmiths would kill. The references to Uma Thurman, the Rolling Stones, and the Triffids say it all, i.e., she’s a voracious consumer of music, film, and history. If she leans too heavily on the ache-in-the-voice thing, her shamble-pop take on country-rock still makes her the most exciting artist to emerge from Melbourne since Total Control’s Mikey Young. Just imagine Kim Deal covering Lucinda Williams with backing from the Faces. Aside from her stellar EPs, collected on 2013’s A Sea of Split Peas, Barnett’s version of INXS’s “Kick” locates the wounded heart behind Michael Hutchence’s cocky lyrics (find it on YouTube). She’s as much a magician as a musician. With Brooklyn eight-piece San Fermin. KATHY FENNESSY

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  • Fri., Oct. 31, 8 p.m. 2014