Courtney Barnett | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo |

Courtney Barnett sold out her first two shows in Philly; now it’s time to go for a third. The Melbourne singer, songwriter and guitarist – one of our favorite musical discoveries since we first landed on her debut album, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, in October, 2013 – returns to Union Transfer on Monday, June 15th, she just announced on Facebook. Barnett releases her sophomore album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (Mom + Pop Music) on March 24th.

Barnett charmed us with her brilliant wordplay and garagey-guitar rock on songs from her debut album including “Avant Gardener,” “History Eraser,””Anonymous Club,” recently released the first song, “Pedestrian At Best,” from her forthcoming album and it’s a rocker, an immediate classic. 2014 was a big year for Barnett. She went from playing small clubs to larger venues quickly, particularly in Philadelphia, playing her last two sold out shows at Union Transfer. We’re excited for her return to town.

About the new album, Rolling Stone’s Simon Vozick-Levinson writes:

The new LP’s soft-loud guitar dynamics echo her teenage love for Nirvana at times, and the inspiration for the album’s swirling psychedelic textures came from a less-expected source. “I kept coming back to A Ghost Is Born,” Barnett says, citing a key experience rocking out to Wilco’s 2004 LP on another Sydney-to-Melbourne road trip. “I love how it goes from extreme quietness to excruciating noise.”

Below, download “Pretending At Best,” and be sure to watch the accompanying video for the song.

Tickets to her show at Union Transfer on June 15th go on sale this Friday, February 6th at Noon.