Mixing witty, often hilarious, occasionally even heartbreaking observations with devastating self-assessment, Courtney Barnett’s debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, cements her standing as one of the most distinctive and compelling voices in indie rock. These songs reveal not only an assured songwriter and guitar player, but also an artist who in just a few years has already proved highly influential.

Her songs may not sound tightly coiled, but they are carefully and exactingly structured. Her lyrics may ramble, but each word is carefully chosen. She is, however, no perfectionist. In fact, she may be an imperfectionist: Barnett strives to fine-tune her songs as much as possible, but she knows that their flaws—a missed note here, a flubbed line there—can make the music sound more human, more relatable, more sympathetic.

“My songs follow me as a normal human with normal emotions,” she explains, “so there are great highs and great lows. They span everything in my life.”

Barnett and her band—which includes Dan Luscombe on guitar and the surprisingly nimble rhythm section of Bones Sloane on bass and Dave Mudie on drums—recorded the album at Head Gap Studio in Melbourne during the fall of 2014.

“We’d start midday and work until quite early in the morning,” she says. “Of course, half the time is sitting around waiting for the engineer to get a mic into place or something like that.”

The band used the downtime to take these songs apart and put them back together again. Nothing was taken on faith; every note and every word was parsed.

Now that these songs are on record, she will not stop tweaking and perfecting them. The more she lives with them—the more she plays them out, the more fans react to them—the more alive they sound to her, often disclosing new meanings and direr implications.

“They keep revealing themselves,” she says. “They change from touring and recording. They morph and change form and can end up sounding completely different. I hope it’s like that forever.”

Tour Dates

  • Oakland, CA, US - Fox Theater

    Wed 18th October 2017 - Buy tickets

  • Portland, OR, US - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

    Fri 20th October 2017 - Buy tickets

  • Seattle, WA, US - The Moore Theatre

    Sat 21st October 2017 - Buy tickets

  • Seattle, WA, US - The Showbox

    Sun 22nd October 2017 - Buy tickets

  • St. Paul, MN, US - Palace Theatre

    Wed 25th October 2017 - Buy tickets

  • Chicago, IL, US - Rockefeller Chapel, University of Chicago

    Thu 26th October 2017 - Buy tickets

  • Chicago, IL, US - Thalia Hall

    Fri 27th October 2017 - Buy tickets

  • Chicago, IL, US - The Empty Bottle

    Sat 28th October 2017 - Buy tickets

  • Royal Oak, MI, US - Royal Oak Music Theatre

    Mon 30th October 2017 - Buy tickets

  • Toronto, ON, Canada - Massey Hall

    Tue 31st October 2017 - Buy tickets

  • New York, NY, US - Beacon Theatre

    Wed 01st November 2017 - Buy tickets

  • Upper Darby, PA, US - Tower Theatre

    Fri 03rd November 2017 - Buy tickets

  • Boston, MA, US - Orpheum Theatre

    Sat 04th November 2017 - Buy tickets

  • Boston, MA, US - Loew's Jersey Theatre

    Mon 06th November 2017 - Buy tickets

  • Washington, DC, US - The Anthem

    Tue 07th November 2017 - Buy tickets

  • Nashville, TN, US - Ryman Auditorium

    Thu 09th November 2017 - Buy tickets

  • Dallas, TX, US - McFarlin Memorial Auditorium, Southern Methodist University

    Fri 10th November 2017 - Buy tickets

  • Austin, TX, US - Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater

    Sat 11th November 2017 - Buy tickets