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Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile @ Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel (pics, setlist)

The setting was solemn, even breathtaking — the high ceiling and stained glass windows of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on the University of Chicago campus. But the performers couldn’t have been more casual, even downright shaggy. Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile looked like twins, so much so that it was difficult to tell sometimes where one tousled head of hair or guitar part ended and the other began.

The duo’s recent album, “Lotta Sea Lice,” is an utterly charming and at times galvanizing collaboration notable for the understated ease of the conversation between their voices and guitars. That dialogue was abetted by a fine but somewhat superfluous backing band at Rockefeller Chapel that included Sleater-Kinney’s brilliant drummer, Janet Weiss.
[The Chicago Tribune]

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile are currently on tour in support of their collaborative album Lotta Sea Lice, and they just wrapped up a three-night stay in Chicago that began on Thursday (10/26) at the gorgeous Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. Backed by The Sea Lice (featuring Sleater-Kinney’s Janet Weiss and Katie Harkin), they played a mix of songs from their album, individual solo favorites and a few covers, including one song by tourmate Jen Cloher (which is on the album). You can check out pics from the Rockefeller Chapel show in the gallery above and the setlist below.

Courtney & Kurt’s tour hits the NYC-area soon for two shows: Beacon Theatre on 11/1 (sold-out) and NJ’s Loew’s Jersey Theatre on 11/6 (tickets are on sale, and we’re giving away a pair on our Facebook) .

SETLIST: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile @ Rockefeller Chapel 10/26/2017
Over Everything
Let It Go
Fear Is Like a Forest (Jen Cloher & The Endless Sea cover)
Continental Breakfast
Out of the Woodwork (Courtney song)
On Script
Depreston (Courtney song)
On Tour (Kurt song)
Life Like This (Kurt song)
Blue Cheese
Dead Fox (Courtney song)
Untogether (Belly cover)

Elvis Presley Blues (Gillian Welch cover)
Pretty Pimpin (Kurt song)
Avant Gardener (Courtney song)

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – 2017 Tour Dates
10/30 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
10/31 – Toronto, Ontario – Massey Hall
11/01 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre (SOLD OUT)
11/03 – Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theatre
11/04 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
11/06 – Loew’s Jersey Theatre – Jersey City, NJ
11/07 – The Anthem – Washington, DC
11/09 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
11/10 – Dallas, TX – McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
11/11 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater (SOLD OUT)

photos by James Richards IV

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