Mr. Smalls Theatre
May 4, 2020 | Doors: 7:00pm Show: 8:00pm
Barns Courtney is heavy on stomp and swagger, bringing to mind the primal thump of The White Stripes, the punk rock energy of the Sex Pistols, and a good dose of indie-rock edge and gospel. A vaguely grimy feel to the production, recalls the seedy but glittery intrigue of The Velvet Underground. "Even if the name Barns Courtney doesn't spark recognition, his 2015 song "Fire" might. A blues-leaning rock song that evoked both Ennio Morricone and Kanye West's "Black Skinhead," it was a crossover radio hit and was licensed for Volkswagen, Bose and the Bradley Cooper film Burnt. At the center is Courtney's world-weary voice, a chameleonic instrument showcasing range (and a few bars) on this year's full-length debut, The Attractions of Youth. Youth combines "Fire" and other early singles with a slate of newer genre-splitters like the psychedelic "Golden Dandelions," and an overt hip-hop turn on "Hobo Rocket." Here and there, an occasional vocal flourish hearkens back to his more-polished, pop-punk past. "[The album is] about the naive, seemingly indomitable passion for music that burned in my gut since I can remember," he says. Just a few years back, a previous record deal fizzled out, and he was left wondering if a career in music would still be possible. As his luck changed, Courtney landed slots opening for the Who, Blur, Ed Sheeran and more. While he's enjoying his success, he admits, "I find it harder to write songs when I feel happy"
Stay at the TRYP Hotel by Wyndham Pittsburgh/Lawrenceville!
We are about 1.2 miles from the event
Our Offerings Include:
- Number of upscale packages
- Free High Speed Wireless Internet Access
- 2 Restaurants & a Coffee Bar
- Premium Bedding
- Valet Parking
- Fitness Center
- 100% Non-Smoking
- Pet Friendly
About the TRYP Hotel by Wyndham Pittsburgh/Lawrenceville
Set in the historic Washington Education Center building at the base of the 40th Street Bridge, TRYP Pittsburgh | Lawrenceville is a boutique hotel located the center of what TIME and Money Magazines named “The Coolest Neighborhood in America.” Steeped in neighborhood history and adorned with local art, the 108-room hotel is home to two restaurants, Over Eden & Brick Shop, a coffee bar and spectacular rooftop city and neighborhood views, and two distinct event spaces for celebrations and events. TRYP Pittsburgh | Lawrenceville is a local gathering place and a hidden gem destination just 3 minutes from Downtown Pittsburgh, 30 minutes from Pittsburgh International Airport, in the heart of one of the City's most celebrated art, dining, and shopping districts.