Melbourne-based guitarist and singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett has a gift for turning workaday situations into captivating anecdotes—one of several clever qualities her music has become known for since 2012, when she started her own record label, Milk! Records and subsequently put out her first EP, I've Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris. Barnett draws from folk, country and '60s psychedelia, writing earnest, wordy songs that woozily drip with sarcasm and witty commentary. "It's a Monday; it's so mundane. What exciting things'll happen today?" she asks in "Avant Gardener," before going on to detail what she plans to plant in her garden as a way of keeping her mind off of things she should actually be thinking about. But escaping humdrum life is essentially the same thing as learning to carve a carrot into a rose, and Barnett seems to know how to do both beautifully.
Sat., June 14, 8 p.m., 2014