It’s been an exciting week for Courtney Barnett fans after the Melbourne-based artist dropped her explosive and awesomely addictive first single “Pedestrian At Best” last week, along with the news that her debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit will be out on Mom+Pop Music March 24th. The video for the track is hands down one of the most inventive and entertaining music videos you’ll see all year, and the concept was conceived entirely by Barnett herself. “I got the video idea when I was watching a street performer. He was attempting a trick, and just as he failed, a huge roar of applause erupted from the next street corner. There was another performer with a crowd 5 times as big circled around him. My guy slowly looked over and then said exactly this ‘that was me last year. Look at me now. Performing shitty tricks to a bunch of stingy tourists. Next year he’ll be standing where I am now, and you’ll all still be stingy tourists.’ I thought woah, that’s some dark shit. So I made a video out of it.”

“Pedestrian At Best” has set the music world alight with Pitchfork awarding it Best New Track and calling it “a mental lightning storm, a live-and-direct dispatch from the center of Barnett’s considerable brain.” NPR’s Bob Boilen simply stated “Welcome to 2015 and the year many will fall in love with the best lyricist in rock music today, Courtney Barnett.”

In even more good news, Courtney Barnett and her band The Courtney Barnett’s have announced their first run of 2015 North American live dates including several festival appearances this summer. Barnett will, for the first time, play the historic Newport Folk Festival along with Bonnaroo Music Festival, Sasquatch Festival and SXSW in Austin. She will also embark on her own set of US headlining dates this May and will be joined by new Hardly Art signing Chastity Belt. All tour dates are listed below.

Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit is out on Mom+Pop Music March 24th.

Tour Dates

05.18.15 – The Sinclair – Boston, MA *
05.20.15 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY *
05.21.15 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY *
05.22.15 – 05.25.15 – Sasquatch Festival – George, WA
05.27.15 – Red Rocks – Morrison, CO **
05.29.15 – 05.31.15 – Bottle Rock Napa Valley – Napa, CA
05.30.15 – The Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA *
06.02.15 – Casbah – San Diego, CA
06.05.15 – The Mohawk – Austin, TX *
06.06.15 – Club Dada – Dallas, TX *
06.07.15 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA *
06.09.15 – Vinyl – Atlanta, GA *
06.11.15 – 06.14.15 – Bonnaroo Music Festival – Manchester, TN
06.13.15 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC *
06.15.15 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA *
06.18.15 – Uptown Theatre – Kansas City, KC ^
07.24.15 – 07.26.15 – Newport Folk Fest – Newport, RI

* w/ Chastity Belt
** w/ Spoon + The Decemberists
^ w/ Belle & Sebastian

Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

01. Elevator Operator
02. Pedestrian at Best
03. An Illustration of Loneliness (Sleepless in NY)
04. Small Poppies
05. Depreston
06. Aqua Profunda!
07. Dead Fox
08. Nobody Really Cares if You Don’t Go to the Party
09. Debbie Downer
10. Kim’s Caravan
11. Boxing Day Blues

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