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January 19, 2019 7:28 AM   Subscribe

In 2018, three up and coming singer-songwriters, Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus joined forces to form the supergroup boygenius. Last summer, they recorded a six song EP with a cover evoking a certain other supergroup. In November, Pitchfork filmed a thrilling set of theirs performing at Brooklyn Steel. posted by octothorpe (16 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
I like Julien Baker a lot. Thanks !
posted by nicolin at 7:32 AM on January 19, 2019

This is such a great record.
posted by thivaia at 7:36 AM on January 19, 2019

I discovered that that tiny desk performance in early December and it was a gateway drug to all of their records; they are all I've listened to since. My favorite, though, is this performance of Phoebe Bridgers and Noah and Abby Gundersen: Killer + The Sound
posted by pasici at 8:23 AM on January 19, 2019

I saw boygenius live a couple of months ago. It was awesome, they were awesome, and Phoebe Bridgers made everyone cry. While I was impressed by all three of them -- they're all excellent to great performers -- I was most impressed with Lucy Dacus. She's such a *pro*, especially when all 3 are singing together, that it allows the audience to swim in their songs even when Julien Baker or Phoebe Bridgers seems to be driving the feeling.

My secret hope is that they'll put out a full album, in their own style, that is as good as Cry Cry Cry's. (Now I'm dating myself....) Because I need more lyrically-driven supergroups in my life.
posted by migrantology at 9:26 AM on January 19, 2019 [2 favorites]

The EP they did together is amazing, and individually they're all so good with their own work. Great post!
posted by WhyamIhereagain at 11:49 AM on January 19, 2019

Love this EP. Was introduced to Phoebe Bridgers when she opened for War on Drugs a couple of years ago. We bought her album the next day, and I've worn it out since then. Was thrilled when boygenius came out, the three of them make an awesome trio. Definitely made me hungry for more.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 1:32 PM on January 19, 2019

What's the difference between a supergroup and a regular old group?
posted by DMelanogaster at 3:39 PM on January 19, 2019 [1 favorite]

Supergroups are usually made up of members who are already well known in other contexts.
posted by octothorpe at 4:27 PM on January 19, 2019 [1 favorite]

Also, they have powers.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:31 PM on January 19, 2019 [6 favorites]

So excited to see Lucy Dacus in a couple of months. The opener, Illuminati Hotties, also has a great album out. All ages show and my kids’ first rock show!
posted by freecellwizard at 6:01 PM on January 19, 2019 [1 favorite]

Lucy Dacus's last record Historian was a stunner. One of the very best of 2018. I'm enjoying her work as part of this trip, too. More Dacus is good.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:09 AM on January 20, 2019 [1 favorite]

These three give me hope for the future of music.
posted by come_back_breathing at 11:44 AM on January 20, 2019 [1 favorite]

There's a weird sort of synchro happening for me. Last month, I'd never heard of any of these people, but now:

* Dacus' record was on a list of Best Southern Albums I read (finally!) last week; and
* Baker is one of the artists interviewed for GQ's creating-while-sober article, also on the Blue

As we used to say on the Well, plate o'shrimp.
posted by uberchet at 7:51 AM on January 21, 2019

Bridgers is great, and recently has been taking the stage with The National. Hair-on-end stuff for me.
posted by mcstayinskool at 1:25 PM on January 23, 2019

Somehow Phoebe Bridgers also had time to record an album with Conor Oberst.
posted by octothorpe at 5:06 AM on January 24, 2019 [1 favorite]

Bridgers is great, and recently has been taking the stage  with The National  . Hair-on-end stuff for me.

That connection doesn't surprise me, since she is credited with backing vocals on one track of 2018's Aaron Dessner/Justin Vernon collaboration, Big Red Machine.

Somehow Phoebe Bridgers also had time to record an album with Conor Oberst.

OMG!!! Thanks so much for the info. I hadn't heard about that yet!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 6:30 PM on January 24, 2019

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