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Singer-songwriter powerhouse Phoebe Bridgers plays DC’s Rock & Roll Hotel on her first national headlining tour

Singer-songwriter powerhouse Phoebe Bridgers is in the midst of her first national headlining tour, and I had the privilege for the second time in three months and once again the performance didn’t fall short. Even amidst an allergy attack Bridgers’ charm and voice were able to shine through and make for a wonderful night for all at the very intimate Rock and Roll Hotel in DC.

The opener, Soccer Mommy, set the tone for the night with mellow grooves and strong female vocals. Though not necessarily as classically beautiful a voice as Bridgers’, Soccer Mommy’s lead Sophie Allison had powerful stories to tell and serious skills on the guitar. Though the audience may have not recognized all the words they were certainly vibing along with the band by the end of their set.

Though the anticipation may not have been as palpable as the first time I saw Bridgers in concert, there was definitely a feeling of reserved excitement throughout the crowd. As she sells out shows on her tour left and right, this one included, it’s becoming clear that she’s quickly moving from rookie sensation to known singer-songwriter powerhouse. This is further exemplified in the audience’s reactions to nearly all her songs as they’d sing along no matter how tragic or sad the lyrics may be.

As I’ve noted before Bridgers’ strongest talents her songwriting ability and this belief was reaffirmed in this performance as she’d give little bits of analysis or description between sets which only adds to what I believe makes up her incredible songwriting IQ. The themes on the album vary from falling in love, falling out of love, murder and abusive relationships. The central concept behind most of these however is that they really are sad songs through and through. However, despite the heavy content at hand Bridgers’ pure talent is able to enrapture the audience and keep them in awe. It’s her talent and ability to express emotion that really get the audience to empathize with her and sing along.

One of the more interesting descriptions of the night came from Bridgers herself as she began to describe her hit single Motion Sickness. By now the story of how it came about in reaction to her relationship to producer Ryan Adams is pretty well known but she offered a new piece of analysis describing the song as sadcore. I believe this is a very apt description of the song which is about some tragic pain which most of us can relate too, but presented in a foot stomping upbeat vibe kind of way. This song also offered the best look into the true passion behind each and every song as about half way through the song it builds up to Bridgers finally belting out a line from the chorus in a fashion which can just shake everyone to the core. Its this intersection of emotion, talent, and songwriting ability that highlights the greatness of an artist like Phoebe Bridgers.

The final song, excluding her encore, Scott Street turned out to be an audience favorite and a favorite of mine that I would have necessarily picked off the album. The song addresses her hometown of Los Angeles and between her on guitar, the drums and the pedal steel its able to create a haunting picture and remind the audience that she isn’t just a singer-songwriter, but also a talented musician with a knack for arranging beautiful songs. The song allowed for a wonderful combination of her voice with a diverse musical accompaniment that life the audience again in awe of her talent.

This tour is just the beginning for the 23-year-old and with such an incredible ability to bring together emotion, songwriting and pure musical talent it seems that there is nowhere for Bridgers to go but up from here. Bridgers is touring within the US up until the end of April so don’t miss your chance to catch this star on the rise.

Gavin Derleth
Gavin currently goes to school in Washington D.C., studying Political Science and Geography. He enjoys coffee, biking, and spending way too much of his time listening to music.

Singer-songwriter powerhouse Phoebe Bridgers plays DC’s Rock & Roll Hotel on her first national headlining tour

Singer-songwriter powerhouse Phoebe Bridgers is in the midst of her first national headlining tour, and I had the privilege for the second time in three months and once again the performance didn’t fall short. Even amidst an allergy attack Bridgers’ charm and voice were able to shine through and make for a wonderful night for all at the very intimate Rock and Roll Hotel in DC.

The opener, Soccer Mommy, set the tone for the night with mellow grooves and strong female vocals. Though not necessarily as classically beautiful a voice as Bridgers’, Soccer Mommy’s lead Sophie Allison had powerful stories to tell and serious skills on the guitar. Though the audience may have not recognized all the words they were certainly vibing along with the band by the end of their set.

Though the anticipation may not have been as palpable as the first time I saw Bridgers in concert, there was definitely a feeling of reserved excitement throughout the crowd. As she sells out shows on her tour left and right, this one included, it’s becoming clear that she’s quickly moving from rookie sensation to known singer-songwriter powerhouse. This is further exemplified in the audience’s reactions to nearly all her songs as they’d sing along no matter how tragic or sad the lyrics may be.

As I’ve noted before Bridgers’ strongest talents her songwriting ability and this belief was reaffirmed in this performance as she’d give little bits of analysis or description between sets which only adds to what I believe makes up her incredible songwriting IQ. The themes on the album vary from falling in love, falling out of love, murder and abusive relationships. The central concept behind most of these however is that they really are sad songs through and through. However, despite the heavy content at hand Bridgers’ pure talent is able to enrapture the audience and keep them in awe. It’s her talent and ability to express emotion that really get the audience to empathize with her and sing along.

One of the more interesting descriptions of the night came from Bridgers herself as she began to describe her hit single Motion Sickness. By now the story of how it came about in reaction to her relationship to producer Ryan Adams is pretty well known but she offered a new piece of analysis describing the song as sadcore. I believe this is a very apt description of the song which is about some tragic pain which most of us can relate too, but presented in a foot stomping upbeat vibe kind of way. This song also offered the best look into the true passion behind each and every song as about half way through the song it builds up to Bridgers finally belting out a line from the chorus in a fashion which can just shake everyone to the core. Its this intersection of emotion, talent, and songwriting ability that highlights the greatness of an artist like Phoebe Bridgers.

The final song, excluding her encore, Scott Street turned out to be an audience favorite and a favorite of mine that I would have necessarily picked off the album. The song addresses her hometown of Los Angeles and between her on guitar, the drums and the pedal steel its able to create a haunting picture and remind the audience that she isn’t just a singer-songwriter, but also a talented musician with a knack for arranging beautiful songs. The song allowed for a wonderful combination of her voice with a diverse musical accompaniment that life the audience again in awe of her talent.

This tour is just the beginning for the 23-year-old and with such an incredible ability to bring together emotion, songwriting and pure musical talent it seems that there is nowhere for Bridgers to go but up from here. Bridgers is touring within the US up until the end of April so don’t miss your chance to catch this star on the rise.

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