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First Listen : Courtney Barnett - Charity

First Listen is the part of Musos' Guide where we tempt you in with lesser played tracks from the recent past or this very minute. Enjoy.


Live Dates:-

Australia and New Zealand

Weds 22 Aug - The Tivoli, Brisbane
Thurs 23 Aug - Sydney Opera House
Sat 25 Aug - Sydney Opera House
Tues 28 Aug - The Powerstation, Auckland *
Weds 29 Aug - The Powerstation, Auckland *
Thurs 30 Aug - Opera House, Wellington  *
Sat 1 Sept - Festival Hall, Melbourne *

USA and Canada

Sat 29 Sept - Ogden Theatre, Denver ++
Sun 30 Sept - Ogden Theatre, Denver  ++
Tues 2 Oct - The Van Buren, Phoenix ++
Wed 3 Oct - The Observatory North Park, San Diego ++
Fri 5 Oct - The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles ++
Mon 8 Oct - Paramount Theatre, Seattle ++
Tues 9 Oct - Vogue Theatre, Vancouver ++
Wed 10 Oct - Vogue Theatre, Vancouver ++
Thurs 11 Oct - Crystal Ballroom, Portland ++
Fri 12 Oct - Crystal Ballroom, Portland++
Sun 14 Oct - Treasure Island Music Festival, Oakland
Wed 17 Oct - Pabst Theatre, Milwaukee ++
Thurs 18 Oct - Riviera Theatre, Chicago ++
Fri 19 Oct - Stage AE, Pittsburgh ++
Sun 21 Oct - House of Blues, Boston ++
Tues 23 Oct - The Fillmore, Philadelphia ++
Thurs 25 Oct - Marathon Music Works, Nashville ++
Sat 27 Oct - TX at Stubb's, Austin ++

UK and Europe

Thur 1 Nov - Berlin at Huxleys Neue Welt, Berlin +
Sat 3 Nov - Kagelbanan, Stockholm +
Sun 4 Nov – Vega, Copenhagen +
Mon 5 Nov - Rockerfeller Music Hall, Oslo +
Wed 7 Nov - Casino De Paris, Paris +
Fri 9 Nov - Schlachthof, Wiesbaden +
Sun 11 Nov - Sonic City Festival, Kortrijk +
Mon 12 Nov - Olympia Theatre, Dublin +
Wed 14 Nov - O2 Brixton Academy, London +
Thur 15 Nov - O2 Academy, Oxford +
Fri 16 Nov - The Dome, Brighton+
Sun 18 Nov - The Great Hall, Cardiff+
Mon 19 Nov - O2 Academy 1, Birmingham +
Tue 20 Nov - O2 Academy, Glasgow +
Wed 21 Nov - Northumbria University, Newcastle +

* with East Brunswick All Girls Choir
++ with Waxahatchee
+ with Laura Jean


Charity - Beautiful Moments

  • Published in Singles

Charity oozes soulfulness from every pore of her sound. Born and raised in Detroit, the singer-songwriter draws inspiration from John Mayer’s intimate folk guitar to Stevie Wonder’s impassioned vocals, but what she creates is something that cannot be pinned to any single influence.

Her latest single ‘Beautiful Moments‘ weaves R&B, neo-soul and a sliver of jazz into a feel-good pop setting. “Eating inspiration out your refrigerator door / Tip-toeing across the hardwood by dancing on your floors”: Charity opens the track with a charming line that encapsulates her spirit: full of vibrancy. In a song about taking in life’s simplicities, Charity manages to capture these small moments and bring them to life with her clever way with words. Perhaps the most magnetizing element of ‘Beautiful Moments’ however, is Charity’s utterly stunning voice. Breathing effervescence with every careful and controlled waver, her timbre carries a freshness that’s hard to pull yourself away from. The chorus allows Charity’s falsetto to take flight, if only for a thrilling, split moment: “You got beautiful moments deep in your eyes / Lay on the grass in the summer and catch fireflies.” There’s a magical alignment with the song’s lyrics and Charity’s vocals in that they both convey courageousness and vulnerability at once, and this is what makes her stand out from her contemporaries.

An artist welling with inspiration and love of life, there’s not an ounce of fakery to be found in Charity’s music.


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