Okay, we have nothing against Belle & Sebastian, who are scheduled to headline Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater Friday, June 19. Their new album, Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance, is solid, and we refuse to buy into the lame “OMG! Belle & Sebastian are super white and terrible and therefore you’re terrible for listening to them!” think pieces that bubble up every few years. They’re a beloved, accomplished band with an unmistakable sound, and should be celebrated thusly.
But the real news of today’s B&S/Pabst announcement is that Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett will open the show. Barnett has been the recipient of a metric-ton of hype over the past few months, and her debut full-length, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, has been hailed as one of the best albums of a still-young 2015. For once, believe the hype: crunchy, jangly, agreeably loose and shambling, Barnett’s album is an instant winner. It’s the creation of an artist clearly indebted to the “slacker” vibe of the ’90s, as well as the verbose and dryly funny lyricism of that decade, too. It’s great!
Oh, and the Milwaukee show will be one of only two B&S shows that will feature Barnett. General admission tickets are $45.50, and go on sale Friday, April 17 at noon.