Courtney Barnett – Live at The Loft

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Courtney Barnett, headlining at The Loft, a very agreeable smallish venue in the Center Stage complex.  This relatively unknown Australian artist was announced to be playing locally, and those in the know quickly grabbed tickets.  She’s an indie rock rising star, based on the very strong 2014 release of “The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas.”  It’s good.  Tickets were cheap (<$20).

The party grew in size, and the evening grew to include dinner at Tap, a fine gastro-pub nearby.  That went well enough that we enjoyed the evening until 9:00 p.m., giving a solid hour to dispatch the opening act.  It was a bit of a walk, so we arrived a little alter than we intended...

...and she’s singing already!  Well, okay, then.

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Two songs later, she’s saying how tired they are from the thousands of miles of air travel, and they have two songs left.

What?

And two songs later... she’s done, after which the band quickly begins packing their gear, and Barnett (we’re not on a first name basis) refers us to “the sh*t” they have for sale in the wings.  Okay, she’s a good singer/songwriter, but she’s not necessarily that personable.

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So, it’s 9:40ish, and the night is over.

Yay, concert night.  For what it’s worth, “Anonymous Club” sounded great.

Let’s review the billing:  “COURTNEY BARNETT w/ San Fernin w/ Mikhael Paskelev.  As would later be revealed, San Fernin actually played after Barnett, about which we were misled by one of the staffers that the two warm up groups had already played.   And, despite the deceptive announcement, they were co-headlining the tour.  Well, that word that Barnett said.  Could have at least played an encore.  So, she gets half as many stars as she probably would rate who heard, oh, all 8 or 9 songs she might have played.

2 of 5 STARS

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