Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile was a great first experience at DC’s new Anthem

I got to experience the new nightclub in Washington DC called The Anthem, down on the wharf in Southeast.

The place is amazing. It holds five times the amount of people as the 9:30 Club and seems to equal the sound quality of the country’s greatest music venue.

Courtney Barnett is one of my very favorite rockers of the past five years. Her album Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit is an instaclassic.

Kurt Vile is a performer I’ve admired and now the two of them together just works so well. It’s like they’ve always been together. A sort of Hall and Oates of the indie set in that they complement each other so well and flow in and out from each other’s parts effortlessly.

The set list featured some of each perfomer’s best tunes, of course songs off their new album as a duo, and eclectic covers by the likes of Belly, Gillian Welch, and Barnett’s wife Jen Cloher (whose album, in its own right, is great. She also opened the show).

4.5 out of 5 stars

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