Best Living Up to the Hype: Courtney Barnett
Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett's excellent debut LP, Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, has made her one of 2015's official Next Big Things, and SXSW definitely got the memo. She drew a jam-packed crowd to Stubb's for an NPR showcase on Wednesday night — "Nobody told me how many of you there would be," she said at one point. "There’s a fuckload!" She and her band fully earned the buzz with a riotous performance featuring plenty of her mean guitar and sardonic wit. Naturally, Barnett is as deadpan onstage as she is in her songs: After a rousing run of a song about a swimming-pool crush, she exclaimed, "That was 'Aqua Profunda.' What a stupid song!"