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This has been a performance I’ve been waiting excitedly on, having picked up tickets when it was originally announced some time ago. Most certainly the prospect of seeing Courtney Barnett live was worthy of enduring a groggy Monday that always manifests after shuttling myself to Montreal and back in an evening. I expect others were anticipating good things too as the venue changed, presumably to accommodate demand.
As part of Osheaga Presents, Barnett stopped at Metropolis on May 29th during an extensive, multi-country tour (probably her fourth or fifth global tour in the past 18 months). Commencing with the track “Dead Fox”, Courtney and tour mates Bones Sloane (bass) and Dave Mudie (drums) drew in and maintained the attention of the full-house crowd. The set was imbued with tracks from her 2015 debut studio LP Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, though dotted with a welcomed smidge of new material and a copious offering from both previously released EPs How To Carve A Carrot Into A Rose and I’ve Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris (collectively released in 2013 on the double EP A Sea of Split Peas). The crowd was engaged by both her musical adroitness and relatable lyrics. By the time the set rounded out with “Avant Gardner”, their exit prompted a loud wave of applause fading for a trio of songs in the encore. The night closed with “Nobody Really Cares if you Don’t go to The Party”, though really, that sentiment notwithstanding, for this party I’m quite happy I did.
The night opened with the trio TSP, who are accompanying Courtney for five dates on her tour.
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