Perhaps the first question worth asking is: How has this not already happened yet?
Calm your exploding mind at the more morbid (and, frankly, passé) “Kurt and Courtney” connotation, and still, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, upon reflection, have always been fellow travelers bound by a shared musical aesthetic. Both singer-songwriters have a fondness for the unvarnished, plug-in-and-play approach to songcraft; both found prominence at a time when most of their contemporaries were hatching from the neo-psych fringes. And both, frustratingly, haven’t released a full-length studio album since 2015.
But the spiritual kinship between the two officially blossomed into a professional one when Barnett announced the forthcoming collaboration on her Facebook page earlier today and linked to the project’s official webpage with a presale code.
It was first revealed that the two had been conspiring to work together on some sort of music release back in March when Newmarket Studios posted a photo of the duo on Instagram.
The songsmiths will be backed by a band called the Sea Lice, which will consist of such esteemed personnel as Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag), Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), Rob Laakso (The Violators, The Swirlies, Mice Parade) and Katie Harkin (Sky Larkin, touring member of Sleater-Kinney and Wild Beasts).
According to Pitchfork, while work on the project has stretched over a year long, the total time spent recording the album amounts impressively to just eight days.
As a partnership with Plus One, 1$ of each ticket purchased will be allocated to the ACLU.
— courtney barnett (@courtneymelba) June 7, 2017
Dates for the tour, formally titled, An Evening with Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, can be found below:
10/11 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
10/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church
10/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Orpheum
10/18 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
10/20 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
10/21 – Seattle, WA @ The Moore Theatre
10/22 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
10/25 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theater
10/26 – Chicago, IL @ Rockefeller Chapel
10/27 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
10/28 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
10/30 – Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Theatre
10/31 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
11/01 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
11/03 – Philadelphia, CA @ Tower Theatre
11/04 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
11/09 – Nashville, TN @ The Ryman
11/10 – Dallas, TX @ McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
11/11 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater