Boygenius Pasadena Tour
Re:SET Tour Series from Coachella parent AEG Presents kicked off June 2, with Steve Lacy and boygenius co-headlining at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium, Pasadena Brookside at Rose Bowl, and Stanford University Frost Amphitheatre respectively. Each headliner created their own opening act lineups featuring indie acts Clairo, Dijon and Bartees Strange as well as genre-bending artists like Idles, Jamie XX Toro y Moi and Big Freedia among many others.
Early Life and Education
Phoebe Bridgers began her musical journey as a member of her siblings’ ensembles before focusing on singing at age 13. Since then, she has released two full-length albums; Stranger in the Alps (2017 and Punisher (2020). Additionally, she is part of boygenius supergroup alongside Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus.
The three members have always avoided overly-praising cultural anointing; nevertheless, their songs showcase an engaging balance of tender moments and cheeky ones; evidenced by Nirvana-influenced cover art as evidenced by their name.
Last night, The trio brought their beloved tunes and queer joy to New Haven. Hundreds of dedicated fans came out for the sold-out show; these followers not only loved their emo-tinged indie folk and outspoken social stances but also how easily these women worked together to make music.
Today’s pop music landscape features numerous supergroups and band members can easily pursue solo projects; so the rock band model may seem archaic. Goldenvoice responded by creating Re:SET this summer; this touring series pairs an established act (Boygenius featuring Steve Lacy of LCD Soundsystem) with several newer acts for three nights at each city stopover.
Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus — each with successful solo careers — joined forces in 2018 to form boygenius and create an EP together. “The Record” was released last Friday; its contents showcase haphazard dirtbag camaraderie as well as self-destructive tendencies they share amongst themselves. Additionally, when called for by songs such as “Not Strong Enough,” their voices come together beautifully on “Bridgers vs Dacus.” It remains to be seen how long this trio will stick together.
Achievement and Honors
Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, and Lucy Dacus form an indie rock trio to be reckoned with. Following their debut EP release last year, this year saw them come back strong with both an album release and tour to promote it.
The concert series, carefully curated by each headliner, has received tremendous acclaim and success. Each sold out show showcases local talent like indie rockers Clairo and Bartees Strange; electronic artist Jamie xx; bounce music legend Big Freedia; experimental multi-instrumentalist L’Rain.
Bridgers is not only an accomplished musician; she has also become a beloved red carpet personality at events hosted by Chanel, Tory Burch and Thom Browne. If they can gain wider public approval through their album Boygenius may break out of the indie bubble.
Five years ago, Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers were rising stars of the indie-rock scene. By 2018, however, they had formed Boygenius – which quickly rose to become “indie’s most sought-after supergroup”.
Since releasing their debut full-length, “the record”, Goldenvoice have created an atmosphere of thrilling anticipation prior to each performance – as evidenced by an hours-long line stretching from valet parking to cheap seats at Rose Bowl for their Re:SET concert series debut night.
At the Bowl, their rare chemistry could be felt clearly. Honest with each other and using their friendship as fuel for creating some of the most emotionally moving guitar music around.
Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker have made waves in the music industry with an eclectic set of melancholic tunes paired with acoustic production. As a result, these three have quickly become festival goers’ go-to group as well as indie rock radio favorites; moreover their 2019 tour has taken them even further into public view.
Boygenius was released as their debut EP in 2018. They chose this name to mock male artists who are constantly told they are brilliant, full of pride and self-assurance.
Re:SET concert series features three acts as its headline acts. Each act chose their own openers for this performance – LCD Soundsystem chose Jamie XX, Big Freedia, L’Rain and L’Rain while Boygenius brought Clairo Dijon Bartees Strange as openers – giving audiences the chance to witness different sides of each artist and gain more insight into them all.