(Sonic Boom) The kind of easy charm that seems to ooze out of singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett is a trait that can't be faked. Genial, subversively funny, wide-eyed but never naive, her songs can resemble the Moldy Peaches at their ugly-cutesy best, or maybe Mac DeMarco with a winning Aussie accent (Barnett hails from Melbourne). Like so many indie rockers of yore, Barnett manages to seem nonchalant even when her compositions belie a care for the craft often absent in the sea of lackadaisical acts clogging festival stages this time of year. Along with that self-effacing persona, her knack for hook-laden melodies and lyrical acuity seem to portend a massive cult following for this uniquely gifted performer.
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