by Jake McKenzie
photo by Pooneh Ghana
Known for her acerbic wit and deadpan delivery, Aussie rocker Courtney Barnett can both make you laugh and make you think while she rocks out. The proud frontwoman of a three-piece band, Barnett can be found front and center pounding out chords on her black Fender Telecaster while waxing philosophical about everything from moving into a bad neighborhood to staring at cracks in the wall while trying to sleep. Barnett initially made some waves with a series of EPs, but it was her full-length debut Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit that would become one of the most acclaimed records of 2015 and cement her standing as an indie music lyrical virtuoso. From upbeat bangers like “Elevator Operator” to more subdued meditations like “Depreston” and her collaborations with Kurt Vile, Barnett has something for everyone and is sure to put on a good old-fashioned, toe-tapping rock set.