As host Fred Armisen brought SNL’s 41st season to a memorable close, Courtney Barnett was there to end its season of musical guests on a refined note.
Perhaps her most high-profile performance to date, Barnett performed “Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party” and “Pedestrian at Best,” both from her 2015 release, Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, which we ranked among last year’s very best albums. Barnett turned the Studio 8H stage into an altar for apathetic rock with the live performance ability that we named #6 on our list of The 25 Best Live Acts of 2015.
The Australian indie post-punk rocker was nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy in 2016 and Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit reached #20 on the Billboard 200. We named “Pedestrian at Best” the best song of 2015, in case you still weren’t sure whether we like Courtney Barnett.
Watch her perform “Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party” on SNL above, and check out her performances of “Pedestrian at Best” on the show and “Depreston” for Paste beneath that.