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Courtney Barnett has already established herself as one of the world’s finest rockers in her young career, and her second album cements her status as an indie mainstay whose debut record was more than just a flash in the pan. It’s filled with fun songs, and some more serious ones too, that don’t do anything but endear her to you. Meanwhile, Parquet Courts have made one of their most accessible albums yet, Kyle brings optimism to hip-hop, and this is your week if you’ve been waiting for some adventurous harp music.
Courtney Barnett — Tell Me How You Really Feel
Perhaps the predominant slacker rocker of her time, Courtney Barnett is anything but a slacker, since this is her third album since 2015 (counting her Kurt Vile collaborative effort). She captures a variety of vibes on the new record, too, whether it’s the slow build to a raucous climax of the album opener “Hopefulessness” or the lighthearted midtempo rock of “Nameless, Faceless.” It’s music that deserves to be taken seriously, but definitely doesn’t ask to: It’s fun rock and roll without an ounce of pretension, so enjoy it.
Read our review of Tell Me How You Really Feel here.
Parquet Courts — Wide Awake!