Posted in music | pictures on February 24, 2014

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo; words by Bill Pearis

Courtney Barnett @ Chicago's Empty Bottle, 2/18/2014
Courtney Barnett

Australia's Courtney Barnett is just about to wrap up a brief, sold-out U.S. tour, which hit NYC over the weekend, playing Mercury Lounge on Friday (2/21) and Knitting Factory on Saturday (2/22), both with Kins. At the Knit show, she was in fine form, this time with her Australian rhythm section in tow -- her CMJ shows last year were with American musicians -- and in front of a crowd that really knew her music. Her 2012 record, The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas, is finally getting an American release via Mom + Pop on April 15, but "Avant Gardner" has gotten lots of play on Sirius XMU and elsewhere. That song and "History Eraser" probably got the biggest response, though the crowd welcomed Barnett's offer of a new song too. While Courtney's clever lyrics get most of the attention, she is no slouch on the guitar. Her live show is much more raucous than her recordings might lead you to believe, working up a frenzy at points -- all without using a pick.

The first stop on Barnett's tour was a sold-out show at Chicago's 400-capacity Empty Bottle on 2/18 with local openers Radar Eyes and Landmarks. Pictures from the whole Chicago show are in this post.

Courtney Barnett's tour wraps up tonight (2/24) in San Francisco at Rickshaw Stop. More pics from Empty Bottle below...

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Comments (20)

Courtney Barnett's camel toe sounds better than Phish!

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2014 4:33 PM

I kinda have a crush on this weird looking girl.

Album is good, too.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2014 4:41 PM

i hate when rock bands still uses guitar, it is 2014 for king sake

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2014 4:43 PM

She's ok, needs more PHISH!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2014 4:45 PM

the only music i can listen to, dumb and smart.
she's what rock n roll should sound like. 24/7.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2014 4:45 PM

Any chance we can see photos from the NYC show?

Posted by Mollypinkcollar | February 24, 2014 4:48 PM

Great show Fri at ML. Kins were pretty damn good as well

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2014 4:50 PM

Album is awesome. Not sure why it's called an EP (it's certainly long enough to be considered a straight-up LP) or why you guys said it's getting an American release when I bought it months ago on eMusic.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2014 5:08 PM

it's actually two eps put together and she's said she doesn't consider it a proper album

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2014 5:18 PM

508...you should just go back to the incubus and destiny's child that you grew up on.

and extra LOLZ for buying music from eMusic.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2014 5:50 PM

Courtney Barnett is not on thepiratebay yet

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2014 5:56 PM

Why are people trying to start beef between her and Phish? Trey has said in many interviews how much he likes her two EPs.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2014 6:24 PM

her bass player looks like he could be in phish

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2014 7:23 PM

Ah, thanks 5:18, I didn't realize it was actually two EPs together. (Guess that explains the long title.)

5:50 I despise both of those "bands" and I have no idea why you would think I would like Courtney Barnett and also those loser acts.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2014 7:55 PM

5:50 you sound hot, bro. you cut?

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2014 10:21 PM

Many owners should have a similar problem: When my "check engine light" is on, what do i need to do? If I still drive it, it'll do further destruction of my car?

Posted by automotive diagnostic | February 25, 2014 4:34 AM

the iPods

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2014 7:14 AM

I want oatmeal

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2014 10:15 AM

^I'm out of Maple and Brown Sugar you want Cinnamon Swirl or Original?

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2014 10:27 AM

The "Check Engine" light is just a friendly reminded that it's time to pop the hood to make sure it's still in there. If it is, you're good to go.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2014 10:33 AM

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