Courtney Barnett / Radar Eyes / Landmarks
Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 9:00 PM CST
(8:30 PM Doors)
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
COURTNEY BARNETT is a 25 year old Melbourne-singer, guitar player and songwriter. She is not a singer-songwriter. In 2012, BARNETT started her own label, Milk! Records, and released her first EP, I’ve Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris, to glowing reviews around Australia. That quickly snowballed into International acclaim in 2013 with her second EP How To Carve A Carrot Into A Rose, which saw BARNETT crafting witty, honest confessionals that are as catchy, revealing and, often, darkly humorous. One song, "Lance Jr," starts with the lyric "I masturbated to the songs you wrote / Resuscitated all of my hopes / It felt wrong but it didn't take too long / Much appreciated are your songs." Able to shift gears on a dime, from gorgeous but woozy to romantic but melancholic to warm but gritty, COURTNEY BARNETT is an incomparable and exciting new talent and we're damned excited for her to kick-off her brief U.S. tour here tonight. Chicago favorites RADAR EYES released their debut self-titled LP on HoZac early in 2012 and the effort blisters with their version of heavily layered noisy garage coated in several inches of distortion, reverb, echo and feedback. In the words of Impose, RADAR EYES “play with a shoegazed despondency... some music sounds like a proper backdrop to the moment the chord attaching you to the outside of your spacecraft snaps and there’s no hope for a change in trajectory unless a distant planet’s gravity reels you in.” They're one of Chicago's best live bands and if you're not a fan already, you will be after their set here tonight. LANDMARKS are a Chicago-based band that’s mixture of shoegaze, art-rock and psychedelic surfiness has beckoned comparisons to DEERHUNTER (Brooklyn Vegan), REAL ESTATE (Violent Success), and CAVEMAN. The band employs a wide range of effects, synths, and organs to create deeply textured and atmospheric music. The five-piece's ability to go from ambient soundscapes to manic, noisier tracks is evident from their 2013 single on Public House Recordings, as well as their forthcoming EP, out later this year. Recent/upcoming shows have seen the band perform alongside REAL ESTATE, DEAD MEADOW and CRYSTAL STILTS.