Wednesday: Courtney Barnett

May 25

So Melbourne singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett has a song from a few years ago called 'Avant Gardener' that still seems to get some spins on stations like WTMD and it's kind of an instant slacker poetic classic and a good summation of Barnett's talents. In short, it tells the story of waking up, deciding to do something with your life, deciding that thing is gardening, and soon after suffering a panic attack. "The paramedic thinks I'm clever because I play guitar/ I think she's clever because she stops people dying," Barnett sings at one point. She also references "Pulp Fiction" and thinks about how the asthma inhaler the paramedic gives her is a lot like a bong and she's never been good at smoking out of bongs. The song and the record it's from, "The Double EP: A Sea of Split Pea" pushed Barnett into indie stardom and she followed it up last year with "Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit" which is like a whole album of 'Avant Gardener'-level songs only a bit more melancholy. 8 p.m., Ram's Head Live, 20 Market Place, (410) 244-1131,, $23-$28. (Brandon Soderberg)

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