Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus played the Orpheum – 11/8
Unless you’ve been hiding under a soundproof rock these last few months, you’ve likely heard that Baker, Bridgers and Dacus – three of the indie world’s fastest-rising songwriters – recently teamed up for an EP under the name boygenius to coincide with their fall tour. Such news was the cause of widespread excitement for fans of the trio, and the hype on this one was justified. Both in the studio and on stage, the collaboration is an inspired one that meshes three distinct voices in complementary ways.
A Thursday night show at the Orpheum in early November offered just about everything one could hope from the team-up. Dacus and her band took on the opening slot, followed by co-headlining sets from Bridgers and Baker before the three joined forces to close the evening with the new EP. It was a lengthy evening of music, but hardly a stone was left unturned in each relatively brief discography. Moreover, I’ve seen all three acts play to considerably smaller rooms than the Orpheum, and none felt out of place commanding a space 10 times the size of Great Scott (or Starbucks). Baker, in particular, does astonishing things alone on a stage with just her guitar, piano and voice.
Check out photos from all four sets, reverse chronologically, below.