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Courtney Barnett Elevator Operator music video: Sleater-Kinney star

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Courtney Barnett has released a star-studded new music video for “Elevator Operator,” from her her acclaimed 2015 album Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit.

Featuring Sleater-Kinney, Magda Szubanski (“Kath & Kim”), Jeff Tweedy, and Australian musical legends such as The Drones, Tim Rogers and Paul Kelly, the clip shows Barnett as an actual elevator operator in Melbourne’s Nicholas Building, dodging crazy folks as she ascends to the rooftop.

Directed by Sunny Leunig, the video follows a massive year for Barnett in which she was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammys and was the final musical guest on this year’s season of Saturday Night Live.

Earlier this year, she performed at Coachella and, though her set at Governers Ball was canceled due to inclimate weather, she put on a free show in New York City. The Aussie star will return Stateside for two more shows this year: she’ll play at the first Sound on Sound Fest in Austin, Texas on Nov. 4, and at Denver’s Odgen Theatre on Nov. 8.