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Bridgers and Oberst’s Better Oblivion Community Center is familiar, yet fully and equitably intertwined

Better Oblivion Community Center | photo by Nik Freitas | courtesy of the artist

Frequent collaborators Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst have worked together so often over the last few years that news of a full-length release from the duo shouldn’t surprise us — and yet it did. Maybe the two artists sensed that rolling out their new project, Better Oblivion Community Center, wouldn’t be a huge shocker if they did it the traditional way. According to a press release, the two songwriters “kept their plans under wraps for months as they wrote and recorded in Los Angeles in the summer and fall of 2018,” opting for some cryptic teaser brochures offering services like “chosen family therapy” and “free human empathy screenings.”

And before anyone could say the name of the new band three times fast, Better Oblivion Community Center was performing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and their LP had appeared on streaming services. Continue reading →

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Phoebe Bridgers shares melancholic “Christmas Song” cover featuring Jackson Browne

Phoebe Bridgers | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Last year, Phoebe Bridgers shared a harrowing cover of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” Continuing the tradition, the singer has released a cover of “Christmas Song” by Omaha country act McCarthy Trenching. The cover features backing vocals by folk icon Jackson Browne, who Bridgers met after playing the song live for the first time at a show in L.A. Continue reading →

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Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus make their Late Night debut as boygenius with “Me & My Dog”

Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus | photo by Lera Pentelute | courtesy of the artists

boygenius is one of those collaborations that feels too good to be true. The indie singer-songwriters Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus, met while on tour and since then have been making waves in the music world with their individual albums, as well as their new collective project. Continue reading →

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Phoebe Bridgers covers (Sandy) Alex G’s “Powerful Man”

XPNFest 2018 Behind The Scenes | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

As if Phoebe Bridgers wasn’t already making all your indie rock dreams come true releasing boygenius’ EP last week with Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus, she just today shared a cover of (Sandy) Alex G’s “Powerful Man” via Amazon Music. The single is part of Amazon’s “Produced By” series, this time featuring Simone Felice of The Felice Brothers. Conor Oberst is also credited on harmonica. Continue reading →

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Conor Oberst records new song “LAX” with Phoebe Bridgers for Amazon Music

Conor Oberst | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

Here’s the good news: Musical pals Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers have teamed up once again, this time to record a song for Amazon’s “Produced By” series. The less great news is that, for now, the track is exclusively available via Amazon Music; those who aren’t subscribers can hear a short preview below. The “Produced By” series pairs a leading producer with four different musicians to record an original song; Bridgers joined Oberst to sing harmonies on the former Bright Eyes frontman’s song “LAX,” which was previously released as a demo. The track was produced by Simone Felice of the Felice Brothers. Continue reading →

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Hear Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus in supergroup form on the boygenius EP

Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus | photo by Lera Pentelute | courtesy of the artists

After generating two months’ worth of buzz following the announcement of their new project boygenius, the three artists behind the supergroup have released their self-titled debut EP two weeks early. The collaborators, Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus, formed a fast friendship when they crossed paths while touring behind their individual solo material. When the trio of singer-songwriters finally booked a tour together, the idea to collaborate took form, and the result, a six-track EP under the name boygenius, is out today digitally. Continue reading →

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Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus team up as boygenius

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Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus | photo by Lera Pentelute | courtesy of the artists

The three musicians behind the new project boygenius — Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus — are well known individually for their solo work, but have evidently been thinking about joining forces for some time now. After some vague teasing of a collaboration, we finally know what the songwriters have been up to. They’ll release a self-titled EP as boygenius in November and have shared three tracks, “Bite The Hand,” “Me & My Dog” and “Stay Down,” that are available to stream now. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: Phoebe Bridgers fills the River Stage with her “sad love songs”

Phoebe Bridgers | photo by Natalie Piserchio | nataliepiserchio.com

“Ah, some positive heckling,” was Phoebe Bridgers‘ very on-brand reply to someone’s awed remark of “You can SING!” during a quiet moment in her River Stage set this afternoon. But the heckler wasn’t wrong — Phoebe Bridgers can certainly sing, and her voice carries each of her songs from the softest of whispers to the most powerful of belts. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest artist Phoebe Bridgers covers Manchester Orchestra’s “The Gold”

Phoebe Bridgers | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

Just two weeks before Phoebe Bridgers takes the stage for XPNFest 2018, she has released a cover of Manchester Orchestra’s “The Gold.” It’s not a surprising take on the song, given both Bridger’s and MO’s tendency to buck genre constraints, and the similarities between Bridger’s and Andy Hull’s inflections. The cover resists slowing down the tempo, and instead re-adapts the song into Bridgers’ style, her guitar backed by a lush environment of electronic sounds and distant percussion. Continue reading →

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NonCOMM Recap: Phoebe Bridgers provides an oasis of calm amongst the storm

Phoebe Bridgers | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

Watching Phoebe Bridgers‘ set today was the most delightful form of deva vu. Having the pleasure of seeing her at this exact stage just a few months back, I actually forgot for one moment that I was at NonCOMM. This was not just a set in the schedule of many, it was a Phoebe Bridgers concert.

Though the hustle and bustle of the exciting NonCOMM festivities can sometimes set an overcast of foreboding hurriedness, Bridgers and crew were not the least bit affected. With the clock ticking away on the tight thirty minute schedule, time seemed to slow down as Bridgers allowed the songs to be what they are: slow and building, weary and atmospheric, sad folk ballads. Continue reading →