Dec 27, 2017

Best of 2017: Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett seem like natural creative partners, in theory. Both are troubadours prone to electric guitar freakouts, they’re each associated with the term “slacker” despite enviable productivity, and they find meaning in the mundane. Vile is the one you go to for heady vibes, but he has subtly drifted toward wry storytelling. Barnett, the one you go to for the stories and the wryness, has gravitated toward garage-rock and grunge styles more in Vile’s wheelhouse.

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