Jen Cloher played Rough Trade with Courtney Barnett in her band (pics, videos, setlist)
Melbourne's Jen Cloher toured behind her self-titled 2017 album last year while opening Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile's collaborative shows. For those shows, she took the stage alone with just a guitar, but now she's returned to the US for more tour dates, this time with a full band - which happens to include Courtney, who is also her longtime collaborator and partner. That tour stopped in Brooklyn for a sold-out show at Rough Trade on Tuesday (1/30), with fellow Australian Mia Dyson opening. With a band behind her, Jen's songs gained grit and depth from when I'd last seen her perform them solo, and she seemed to relish the opportunity to rock out as a band leader. Courtney's wild, unhinged guitar playing provided an excellent backdrop, and witnessing she and Jen shred together was a treat - especially when they were also joined by Mia Dyson for "Fear Is Like a Forest," a song Kurt and Courtney also covered for Lotta Sea Lice. Check out pictures from Tuesday night's show in the gallery above, and find the setlist and a few video clips below.
Setlist: Jen Cloher @ Rough Trade, 1/30/2018
Stone Age Brain
Great Australian Bite
Needle in the Hay
Fear Is Like a Forest
Name in Lights