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A screen flashing her name built anticipation to the hipster crowd. That's when bass player Andrew Bones and drummer Dave Mudie took the stage appearing like they just rolled out of bed. Courtney Barnett followed looking like Leather Tuscadero joined Nirvana (that's right. I just referenced Happy Days). She performed almost every song from her debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit.
During Depreston, Courtney Barnett described house hunting with her girlfriend. The screen displayed an animated car driving through a suburban neighborhood. The crowd sang along to the lyrics, "If you got a spare half a million, you can knock it down and start rebuilding." The irony of the song was not lost to the crowd that knows Denver's obscene housing market.
|Courtney Barnett "Drunk on |
Barnett switched to an acoustic guitar to perform Dan Kelly's Drunk on Election Night inspiring the crowd to sing along. The explicit lyrics made me blush, but Barnett's charm was never stronger. Barnett admitting to the audience that she was sober, but hoped the audience was liquored up.
She ended with Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go to the Party. The audience jumped up and down chanting, "I want to go out, but I want to stay home." After waving good-bye to the audience, the band left the stage. The house music slowly faded up to R.E.M.'s It's The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine). I realized that the majority of the audience wasn't born yet when that song was released twenty-nine years ago (And I Feel Old).
See you at the next show. I will be the one wondering what ever happened to the Leatherettes (that's right, another Happy Days reference).