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Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus bring their ‘supergroup’ boygenius to Brooklyn Steel

Lucy Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker each make their own kind of somber, subtle and sometimes sweet music, and together as boygenius those emotions are only amplified.

Tuesday night’s set at Brooklyn Steel was just the second live performance by the group to date, but the trio had plenty of time to warm up as each member performed a solo set first. Lucy Dacus opened, with a warm selection of songs from her 2018 album “Historian.”

Phoebe Bridgers, in a way the biggest draw of the night, performed a 60-minute set that was slightly moodier and sadder than her shows often are. Most of the selections came from “Stranger in the Alps,” but there was also a cover of Gillian Welch’s “Everything is Free”. Bridgers’ recordings typically have riffy guitars that make faint appearances, “Motion Sickness” being a good example, but her set Tuesday night left out some of these songs and was much fainter. It sometimes felt more like a special acoustic performance than a full live show.

Julien Baker

Julien Baker, who I expected to be the most somber set of the night, took control with her performance, with a few guitar solos and the most engaging solo showing of the night. Baker is clearly letting her homestate of Tennessee rub off her in, in the best way possible. She brought a powerful case for why she was closing the co-headlining bill and captured the packed venue with her rich vocals.

The set as boygenius came almost like an encore and included all six songs from the band’s self-titled EP. The trio wore matching embroidered jackets and gathered around a single mic to close out the show, proving that their collaboration is as much a friendship as a band. On songs like “Me & My Dog,” Bridgers seemed more at home on stage and brought more vocally. Her sweet, folky voice set the pace. At other points, Baker was the star, acting almost like a conductor for her fellow bandmates.

boygenius also made their T.V. debut on Seth Myers this week, and streamed their Wednesday night show on Pitchfork.com. Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus continue their tour through the end of the month.

boygenius

boygenius

boygenius

Julien Baker

Julien Baker

Julien Baker

Julien Baker

Phoebe Bridgers

Phoebe Bridgers

Phoebe Bridgers

Tour Dates:
Nov. 10 — Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Nov. 11 — Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
Nov. 12 — Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Nov. 13 — Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Nov. 15 — St Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Nov. 16 — Madison, WI @ The Sylvee
Nov. 17 — Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Nov. 19 — Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Nov. 20 — Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
Nov. 23 — Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Nov. 24 — Seattle, WA @ The Moore Theatre
Nov. 25 — Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Nov. 27 — Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
Nov. 29 — San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
Nov. 30 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern

Brian Benton
Brian is the founder and editor of Respect Your Youngers. He currently lives in New York City, and previously lived in St. Louis and San Francisco. He enjoys public transportation and coffee, and can be found online at brianfbenton.com

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Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus bring their ‘supergroup’ boygenius to Brooklyn Steel

Lucy Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker each make their own kind of somber, subtle and sometimes sweet music, and together as boygenius those emotions are only amplified.

Tuesday night’s set at Brooklyn Steel was just the second live performance by the group to date, but the trio had plenty of time to warm up as each member performed a solo set first. Lucy Dacus opened, with a warm selection of songs from her 2018 album “Historian.”

Phoebe Bridgers, in a way the biggest draw of the night, performed a 60-minute set that was slightly moodier and sadder than her shows often are. Most of the selections came from “Stranger in the Alps,” but there was also a cover of Gillian Welch’s “Everything is Free”. Bridgers’ recordings typically have riffy guitars that make faint appearances, “Motion Sickness” being a good example, but her set Tuesday night left out some of these songs and was much fainter. It sometimes felt more like a special acoustic performance than a full live show.

Julien Baker

Julien Baker, who I expected to be the most somber set of the night, took control with her performance, with a few guitar solos and the most engaging solo showing of the night. Baker is clearly letting her homestate of Tennessee rub off her in, in the best way possible. She brought a powerful case for why she was closing the co-headlining bill and captured the packed venue with her rich vocals.

The set as boygenius came almost like an encore and included all six songs from the band’s self-titled EP. The trio wore matching embroidered jackets and gathered around a single mic to close out the show, proving that their collaboration is as much a friendship as a band. On songs like “Me & My Dog,” Bridgers seemed more at home on stage and brought more vocally. Her sweet, folky voice set the pace. At other points, Baker was the star, acting almost like a conductor for her fellow bandmates.

boygenius also made their T.V. debut on Seth Myers this week, and streamed their Wednesday night show on Pitchfork.com. Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus continue their tour through the end of the month.

boygenius

boygenius

boygenius

Julien Baker

Julien Baker

Julien Baker

Julien Baker

Phoebe Bridgers

Phoebe Bridgers

Phoebe Bridgers

Tour Dates:
Nov. 10 — Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Nov. 11 — Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
Nov. 12 — Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Nov. 13 — Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Nov. 15 — St Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Nov. 16 — Madison, WI @ The Sylvee
Nov. 17 — Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Nov. 19 — Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Nov. 20 — Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
Nov. 23 — Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Nov. 24 — Seattle, WA @ The Moore Theatre
Nov. 25 — Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Nov. 27 — Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
Nov. 29 — San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
Nov. 30 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern

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