Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett: SNL musical guest rocks season finale

Saturday Night Live ended its 41st season with a dose of indie rock as Australian musician Courtney Barnett jammed through a pair of spirited performances at 30 Rock. 

After an introduction from host (and former SNL cast member) Fred Armisen, the 28-year-old Sydney native took the Studio 8H stage in jeans and a t-shirt, crooning over guitars and drums as she performed “Pedestrian at Best” and “Nobody Really Cares if You Don’t Go to the Party” from her debut LP, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

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SNL taps Drake, Fred Armisen as season's final hosts

Saturday Night Live will say farewell to season 41 with help from a major name and a familiar face.

The NBC stalwart announced Drake and Fred Armisen as the final two hosts of the season.

Fresh off releasing his fourth studio album Views, Drake will pull double duty and be the May 14 musical guest. He did the same in January 2014, and first appeared on the show in 2011 solely as a performer.

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Hear Grateful Dead covers by The National, Courtney Barnett, and more

Last week, the record label 4AD announced the release date and tracklist for the National’s long-gestating Grateful Dead tribute album. Out May 20, proceeds from the 59-track Day of the Dead will benefit HIV/AIDS relief organization Red Hot. The collection features contributions from the likes of Mumford & Sons, Wilco, Lucinda Williams, The Flaming Lips, and many more.

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Best New Artist contender Courtney Barnett reacts to Grammy nomination: 'Wow! Wow! Wow!'

It was a good year to be Courtney Barnett. The Australian singer-songwriter released her first full-length, Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit, in March at SXSW, and nine months later notched a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. The honor didn’t really set in initially, given she found out after just finishing a long international flight.

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