It’s been an exciting week for Courtney Barnett fans after the Melbourne-based artist dropped her explosive and awesomely addictive first single “Pedestrian At Best” last week, along with the news that her debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit is out now via Mom+Pop Music. The video for the track is hands down one of the most inventive and entertaining music videos you’ll see all year, and the concept was conceived entirely by Barnett herself. “I got the video idea when I was watching a street performer. He was attempting a trick, and just as he failed, a huge roar of applause erupted from the next street corner. There was another performer with a crowd 5 times as big circled around him. My guy slowly looked over and then said exactly this ‘that was me last year. Look at me now. Performing shitty tricks to a bunch of stingy tourists. Next year he’ll be standing where I am now, and you’ll all still be stingy tourists.’ I thought woah, that’s some dark shit. So I made a video out of it.”

“Pedestrian At Best” has set the music world alight with Pitchfork awarding it Best New Track and calling it “a mental lightning storm, a live-and-direct dispatch from the center of Barnett’s considerable brain.” NPR’s Bob Boilen simply stated “Welcome to 2015 and the year many will fall in love with the best lyricist in rock music today, Courtney Barnett.”

 In even more good news, Courtney Barnett and her band The Courtney Barnett’s have announced their first run of 2015 North American live dates including several festival appearances this summer. Barnett will, for the first time, play the historic Newport Folk Festival along with Bonnaroo Music Festival, Sasquatch Festival and SXSW in Austin. She will also embark on her own set of US headlining dates this May and will be joined by new Hardly Art signing Chastity Belt. All tour dates are listed below.

Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit is out on Mom+Pop Music March 24th.

Tour Dates

05.18.15 – The Sinclair – Boston, MA *

05.20.15 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY *

05.21.15 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY *

05.22.15 – 05.25.15 – Sasquatch Festival – George, WA

05.27.15 – Red Rocks – Morrison, CO **

05.29.15 – 05.31.15 – Bottle Rock Napa Valley – Napa, CA

05.30.15 – The Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA *

06.02.15 – Casbah – San Diego, CA

06.05.15 – The Mohawk – Austin, TX *

06.06.15 – Club Dada – Dallas, TX *

06.07.15 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA *

06.09.15 – Vinyl – Atlanta, GA *

06.11.15 – 06.14.15 – Bonnaroo Music Festival – Manchester, TN

06.13.15 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC *

06.15.15 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA *

06.18.15 – Uptown Theatre – Kansas City, KC ^

07.24.15 – 07.26.15 – Newport Folk Fest – Newport, RI

* w/ Chastity Belt

** w/ Spoon + The Decemberists

^ w/ Belle & Sebastian

Elaine Romanelli Shares “25” Single, “The Hour Before” Out 4/21


Songstress Elaine Romanelli has just released her vibrant and quirky new single, “25.” The piano driven track provides a harmonious background to Romanelli’s unique and alluring voice; one that will uplift and intrigue. “25” is the first single from Romanelli’s new album, “The Hour Before,” out April 21, 2015.

For New York fans she will be celebrating the release with a show at RockwoodMusic Hall Stage 3, on April 25th in New York City (7pm, $10.Tickets here!).

Based in Harlem, Elaine Romanelli is a nationally touring independent singer, songwriter, pianist and guitar player. Her shows are augmented by lectures and workshops in which she shares her expertise in songwriting, performing, and music business logistics. Elaine also writes and records for other indie artists, most recently for ‘Broken Film’ (Grammy-nominated artist SONiA/Disappear Fear).

Before her incarnation as a singer/songwriter, Elainelived some exciting other lives. She acted, sang, and danced for a year in a 4-person musical revue; helped develop a trunk show for the San Francisco Opera; worked with Tony Kushner on an Off-Broadway world premiere; and was, briefly, a reality TV star (on TLC’s What Not to Wear). She holds a B.A. in music from Stanford University.

Elaine Romanelli “25”

Buffalo Rodeo Shares “Blue Sky”; “123 Water” Out Now via Jeffery Drag Records


Buffalo Rodeo’s new EP, 123 Water (Jeffery Drag Records), dances a line between classical ethereal sounds reminiscent of 70’s bands like Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac and modern psychedelic variations like Mac Demarco and Tame Impala. A considerable maturation from their 2013 release, Home VideosBuffalo Rodeo strives to combine tight rhythms and ambient melodies with expressive vocal harmonies on their newest release. The group have just premiered their new single, “Blue Sky” via Huffington Post.

Formed around 2008 in a music-thirsty gulch of the hills of Bowling Green, KY around the likes of Cage the Elephant, Sleeper/Agent, and Morning Teleportation, Buffalo Rodeo has worked tirelessly as an independent band securing shows at festivals such as The Big To-Do Festival, Starry Nights Music & Arts Festival, and Riot Fest, as well as booking tours in around 25 states in 2013 alone.

Comprised of original members Nate Davis (guitar), Zach Preston (vocals), and Ryan Gilbert (drums),Buffalo Rodeo added Jordan Reynolds (keys, vocals) in 2012 along with Patrick Duncan (bass) and Kevin Creambus (van) the following year to result in a road-hungry combination ready to bring vibrations to all the right eardrums.

Listen: Buffalo Rodeo “Blue Sky”


For the better part of two decades, the acclaimed band Calexico has crossed musical barriers, embracing a multitude of styles, variety in instrumentation, and well-cultivated signature sounds. With their forthcoming record Edge of the Sun, out April 14th, they take inspiration from a trip to a place surprisingly unexplored by the band before in Mexico City, and with the benefit of many friends and comrades to help guide the way.
The first outside invitation came when the band’s Joey Burns was writing the track “Bullets and Rocks” and recognized space for a former Calexico collaborator. “When putting vocals on that song, it immediately reminded me of the Iron & Wine feel,” says Burns. “So I texted Sam (Beam), who wrote back quickly and got it going.”
Encouraged by the experience, the guest list grew to include Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses), Nick Urata (Devotchka), Carla Morrison, Gaby Moreno, Amparo Sanchez, multi-instrumentalists from the Greek band Takim, and Neko Case. Burns’ brother John Burns lent a hand to some lyrics and songwriting, and the band’s keyboardist, Sergio Mendoza, stepped up to co-write and arrange certain songs, ultimately co-producing the album along with Burns, John Convertino, and longtime associate Craig Schumacher.

“Going to another city to jumpstart the creative process helped us to know what this record is about and where we are as a band, like an open canvas with few ties to normal routines when recording and writing,” says Burns.

Initially expecting for the world of Calexico to mesh with the sounds and vibe of Mexico City and take on varied overt Latin influences, Burns and cohort John Convertino were amazed when they left the country with some of their poppiest songs to date. Album opener “Falling from the Sky” is earnestly straightforward in its rafter-reaching approach, while songs such as the electronica “Cumbia de Donde” and the cinematic swell of “Coyoacán” were more direct results of the foreign experience and the type of lessons that can only be realized upon reflection.

Put Your Records On: Tom Levin

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At The Great Record Chase we strive to get inside the heads of prominent new artists, and what makes their musical nerves tick. Over the course of several months we have been putting together a project in which a selection of new artists on our radar have put together an editorial. This consists of musical influences that formed, shaped, and brought to life their sound. There has been an impressive amount of new talent that has come our way since starting this website back in the Fall, and we want to take everything to a whole new level. This feature will be regularly occurring on our website, so make sure to check back often.

Today we sit down with singer-songwriter Tom Levin, who hails from Sweden. Releasing two budding albums in 2014, Them Feet and Them Buffalo, the folk laden records are intricate and beautiful; creating harmonious songs throughout both. Let us get more familiar with Tom.

Name three albums or artists that influenced your musical styling you play today and why they are important to you.  What made them so influential to you?

Nirvana – MTV Unplugged In New York. I remember watching it on TV and buying the record about a year later. The performance together with the setlist of Nirvana’s own songs and a bunch of covers (the majority of them at the time unknown to me) blew me away. I had just started writing songs earlier that year (1993) but I think it was watching that concert that I truly fell in love with songwriting. It also taught me that it’s all about the songs and that it’s more or less just the production that decides what genre a song fits into.

The soundtrack to ”O Brother, Where Art Thou?”. I discovered the music when I saw the film in 2000. It opened my ears to old American folk music and I realized where some of the bands and artist I was influenced by had found their inspiration. I like the simplicity of the songs, the presence of the performers and the fairly unpolished sound. When I write my music I’m never really sure of what kind of song I’m writing, I just let it flow. But when I start recording my songs I realize that quite a few of my songs are folk inspired.

The soundtrack to ”Into The Wild”. This one I also discovered when I saw the movie. I like the works of Sean Penn, I like Eddie Vedder and I have a close bond with Alaska since I’ve lived there and it was there that I discovered I could sing. And when the three of them sort of came together it made a very strong impression on me. Though it should be said that some of the tracks on the soundtrack were not written by Vedder. All the songs are definitely inspired by old folk and roots music with a touch of the dissonant harmonies often found in Grunge. Grunge was the first music style that I embrace and I still sometimes hear traces of it in my music. The soundtrack is grand yet rough and very beautiful. When I write my music I very often see pictures as if from a movie and that approach has become even more evident to me since I saw ”Into The Wild”.