Phoebe Bridgers

Don't let the somber tone of her music fool you: the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers has a sunny disposition.

"I'd hate for someone to think I'm sipping an espresso somewhere judging people or feeling sorry for myself. OK, I definitely do that once in a while, but I don't consider myself an intense person."

Bridgers grew up in the rose-colored city of Pasadena, attending the prestigious Los Angeles County High School for the Arts to study music. From an early age, she found encouragement from a close-knit artistic community of friends and family to follow her dreams, and at school she forged relationships that would teach her as much about her craft as her classes.

"I think most of my musical education had to do with being around a ton of teenagers who listened to music all the time," she says. "At school I had classical training for my voice, but I think being surrounded by people who were really enthusiastic about art and going to concerts all the time was the real education."

"I met Carla Azar of Autolux - and she showed me Elliott Smith for the first time, which was my first personal connection to music that one of my parents hadn't showed me," she says. "It seemed so different from anything I'd listened to before. It is so personal, so intense." Bridgers' work would be heavily influenced by Smith's sparse lyrics and subdued emotional style, in addition to that of her other favored singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, and Leonard Cohen.

"Los Angeles is interwoven into my music inherently," she says. "I don't necessarily try to reference it, but because I'm pulling from experience it just appears. A lot of shit goes down wherever you may grow up." After graduating from high school, Bridgers spent a year gigging around the city, playing as often as she could, making mistakes and learning while on her feet. "I've always been very appreciative of the LA thing," she says.

But of course the truth is that the unique ingredient at play, the calling card that has drawn all this interest and intrigue, is simply Bridgers' music itself. Her powerful, lilting voice and her haunting, introspective songs light the torch that shows the way, and are what have inspired artists like Ryan Adams to produce her 2015 single, or Julien Baker to bring her on tour in 2016, as well as John Doe and Conor Oberst to sing with her on her debut album. There is a delicate balance to her work, a dance between veiled narratives and earnest emotions, between whispers and shouts. And according to Bridgers, everything you hear has arrived by feeling; her music is what comes when she is at her most honest, without specific intention, and she aims to be in her songs the person she is in the world.

Stranger in the Alps opens with the one-two punch of "Smoke Signals" and "Motion Sickness," a pair of songs that highlight Bridgers' abilities. The former, a gorgeous, ethereal tune guided by sparse electric guitar and sweeping strings, toes the line between weary and wistful, using specific anecdotes from its singer to tell its tale. The style highlights the strengths of Bridgers' unique lyric writing perspective: there are overt references to lost idols, canonical pop songs and actual incidents, but her stories unfold through specific, evocative imagery sung in her subtle, confessional style. The latter is perhaps the most upbeat moment on the album and was written on her baritone guitar and discusses a problematic relationship from her past. "I feel like I'm getting more focused when I write," she says. "My songs are super personal."

"Scott Street" is a song inspired by East Los Angeles where Bridgers now lives. "Killer" is a song originally appearing on her Adams-produced single but is re-recorded here by the album's producer, Tony Berg, with John Doe singing alongside Bridgers. That song in particular inspired her to be more honest in her approach. "I wanted to be more genuine with my lyrics, and to me that meant being self-deprecating or a little more self-aware, and not using words that just sounded pretty," she says. "I had an epiphany that I can be honest with myself and with other people when I'm writing."

Elsewhere, Conor Oberst joins her for the duet "Would You Rather," a singer chosen for his unmistakable voice. A Mark Kozelek cover, "You Missed My Heart," ends the album. As with any singer's debut, the songs here comprise a wide swath of Bridgers' life, dating from the oldest, "Georgia," which she calls the most different-sounding on the LP, to the opening pair, which were written after the recording process had already begun. Berg and co-producer Ethan Gruska worked with Bridgers to record in on-and-off stretches in between tours over 2016 at Berg's studio in Brentwood. Phoebe went into the studio with the majority of the material written, however "Smoke Signals" and "Motion Sickness" were written in a cabin in Idaho, while Bridgers was waiting for a tour to begin. The pair were the last songs written for the LP.

"I wasn't trying to be too lo-fi, too hi-fi, too self-serious, too disingenuous…I feel pretty confident that I'm finding my voice," she says. "I wanted the album to completely represent who I am and these songs are representative of what I set out to do."

Phoebe Bridgers Releases New Video for “Would You Rather”

This morning, Phoebe Bridgers premiered her new video for “Would You Rather” via The FADER — which recently named her the ‘#1 Best New Artist of 2017. Directed by her brother, Jackson Bridgers, the video is a collage of live action and animation footage. “Would You Rather” is another track off her debut album Stranger In The Alps, which has been earning Bridgers acclaim from Pitchfork, Billboard, Vulture, Stereogum, Bandcamp, W Magazine, and Under The Radar, among others, as well as spots on year-end, best-of lists from outlets including The FADER, Noisey, Uproxx, Consequence Of Sound, Paste, BBC6, The Sunday Times (UK), and Rough Trade. Pandora also recently named Bridgers one of their ‘Artists To Watch 2018.’ We’re so thrilled that Bridgers’ work is resonating with everyone as strongly as it has resonated with us. You can watch the new video below.

Following her sold-out hometown album release show at Los Angeles’ Lodge Room in Highland Park on December 16th, Bridgers will head out on a North American headlining tour in early 2018. The first leg will begin on February 3rd in Santa Ana, CA and wrap up on March 1st in Pontiac, MI, and includes a February 23rd Brooklyn, NY show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The second leg will pick back up on April 4th in Salt Lake City, UT and wrap up on April 27th in San Francisco, CA. A current itinerary is below.

Stream and/or Purchase Stranger In The Alps:
https://PhoebeBridgers.lnk.to/strangerinthealps

Phoebe Bridgers North American headlining dates:
Dec. 16 Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room Highland Park (SOLD OUT)
Feb. 3 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
Feb. 5 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
Feb. 6 Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
Feb. 8 Dallas, TX @ Three Links
Feb. 9 Houston, TX @ White Oak Upstairs
Feb. 10 Austin, TX @ Antone’s
Feb. 12 Birmingham, AL @ Syndicate Lounge
Feb. 14 Nashville, TN @ High Watt
Feb. 15 Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
Feb. 16 Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
Feb. 17 Raleigh, NC @ King’s
Feb. 20 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Feb. 21 Philadelphia, PA @ World CAfe Downstairs
Feb. 23 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Feb. 24 Boston, MA @ Great Scott
Feb. 25 Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
Feb. 27 Montreal, QC @ Belmont
Feb. 28 Toronto, ON @The Velvet Underground
Mar. 1 Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room
Mar. 7 Bristol, England @ The Trinity Centre*
Mar. 8 London, England O2 @ Shepherds Bush Empire*
Mar. 9 Glasgow, Scotland @ St. Luke’s*
Mar. 10 Liverpool, England @ Arts Club*
Mar. 11 Brighton, England @ Concorde 2*
Mar. 13 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso Noord*
Mar. 14 Brussels, Belgium @ Orangerie*
Mar. 15 Paris, France @ The Olympic Cafe*
Mar. 16 Cologne, Germany @ Artheater*
Mar. 17 Luzern, Switzerland @ Sudpol*
Mar. 19 Berlin, Germany @ Musik & Frieden*
Mar. 20 Hamburg, Germany @ Knust*
Mar. 21 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen*
Mar. 22 Stockholm, Sweden @ Obaren*
Mar. 23 Oslo, Norway @ John Dee*
Apr. 4 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Apr. 6 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Apr. 7 Omaha, NE @ O’Leaver’s Pub
Apr. 9 Kansas City, MO @ Recordbar
Apr. 10 St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill Duck Room
Apr. 11 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
Apr. 13 Columbus, OH @ The Basement
Apr. 14 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
Apr. 15 Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
Apr. 18 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Apr. 19 Madison, WI @ The Frequency
Apr. 20 Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
Apr. 24 Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
Apr. 25 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Apr. 27 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
*supporting Pinegrove

Watch Phoebe Bridgers’ NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert, Listen to Her Holiday Cover of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

Phoebe BridgersNPR Music Tiny Desk Concert debuted online today, featuring live versions of her songs “Motion Sickness,” “Killer,” and “Demi Moore.” watch it now HERE. All three songs are featured on her debut album Stranger In The Alps, released on September 22nd to sweeping acclaim from outlets including Pitchfork, Billboard, The FADER, Vulture, Stereogum, Bandcamp, Uproxx, W Magazine, and Under The Radar, among many others.

Bridgers also released a holiday cover of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” last week, which you can listen to at the bottom of this blog post. Bridgers will perform next at a sold out hometown record release show in Los Angeles on December 16th at Lodge Room Highland Park. Earlier this fall, she toured throughout North America with Conor Oberst, The War On Drugs, and Noah Gundersen, and more touring news for 2018 will be announced soon.

Produced by Tony Berg and Ethan Gruska, and mixed by Mike Mogis, the ten haunting and introspective songs on Stranger In The Alps further introduce the 22-year-old Bridgers as a singular voice. There is a delicate balance to her work, a dance between veiled narratives and earnest emotions, between whispers and shouts. Throughout the album, Bridgers contemplates and reflects on personal experiences through her unique lyric writing perspective: there are overt references to lost idols, canonical pop songs and actual incidents, but her stories unfold through specific, evocative imagery sung in her subtle, confessional style. And according to Bridgers, everything you hear has arrived by feeling; her music is what comes when she is at her most honest, without specific intention, and she aims to be in her songs the person she is in the world.

Stream and/or Purchase “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” —
https://PhoebeBridgers.lnk.to/christmas

Stream and/or Purchase Stranger In The Alps
https://PhoebeBridgers.lnk.to/strangerinthealps

Phoebe Bridgers’ Debut, ‘Stranger In The Alps,’ Out Today

To say Phoebe Bridgers doesn’t mince words almost feels like a disservice. True, she does cut to the core of the matter with an enviable economy of words. But to state it as such belies the emotional resonance and dedicated intention behind her lyrics. You’d be hard pressed to hear any track on her debut album, Stranger In The Alps, without feeling something.

At once personal and universal, the ten tracks that comprise the album run the gambit of emotion – a technicolor punch in the gut, a hand reaching through white-crested peaks. We don’t want to speak for you, but we’ll bet that as soon as you finish listening you’ll feel compelled to simply start the record over.

Give it a spin now, trust us.

Purchase Stranger In The Alps:
https://phoebebridgers.lnk.to/strangerinthealps

Phoebe Bridgers Tour Dates
Oct. 4 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
Oct. 5 Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre**
Oct. 6 Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre**
Oct. 9 Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre**
Oct. 10 Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre**
Oct. 11 Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall**
Oct. 18 Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
Oct. 19 Glasgow, SCT @ Broadcast
Oct. 28 London, UK @ Oslo Hackney (London Mirrors)
Nov. 2 Houston, TX @ The Heights Theater#
Nov. 3 Dallas, TX @ The Kessler Theater#
Nov. 4 Austin, TX @ Barracuda#
Nov. 6 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom#
Nov. 8 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre#
Nov. 9 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall#
Nov. 10 Eugene, OR @ Hi-Fi Music Hall#
Nov. 11 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom#
Nov. 12 Vancouver, BC @ BCImperial#
Nov. 17 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theater#
* supporting Conor Oberst
** supporting War On Drugs
# supporting Noah Gundersen

Phoebe Bridgers Premieres New Song “Funeral” Via Zane Lowe’s Beats1 Show

Stream and/or Download “Funeral”
http://phoebebridgers.lnk.to/Funeral

It starts with a jagged, reverberated guitar line. It sounds like being underwater, deep underwater where light can barely cut through. Or maybe it’s more like strong winds blowing through a row of creaking trees at night. Whatever it recalls for you, it’s a fitting introduction to Phoebe Bridgers’ new song, “Funeral.”

Blunt, direct, and true blue through and through “Funeral” pulls on details big and small. It’s an utterly stunning, poignant track about loneliness, loss, and living through it.

Premiering via Zane Lowe’s Beats1 show earlier today, this is the third preview song from Bridgers’ forthcoming debut Stranger In The Alps, which is due on September 22nd. It’s available for pre-order, with all three singles (“Smoke Signals” & “Motion Sickness” being the others) coming as instant grat downloads with purchase.

Pre-order Stranger In The Alps
https://phoebebridgers.lnk.to/strangerinthealps

Bridgers, who is currently on the road with Conor Oberst, recently announced a handful of early October shows in support of War On Drugs along the west coast that will follow her October 4th headline show at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, NY. She is also confirmed to support Noah Gundersen throughout the southwest and west coast in November. A current itinerary is below.

Phoebe Bridgers Tour Dates
Sept. 13 Toronto, ONT @ Danforth Music Hall*
Sept. 14 Buffalo, NY @ Asbury Hall at Babeville*
Sept. 15 Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall*
Sept. 16 Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre*
Sept. 17 Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theatre*
Oct. 4 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
Oct. 5 Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre**
Oct. 6 Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre**
Oct. 9 Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre**
Oct. 10 Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre**
Oct. 11 Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall**
Oct. 18 Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
Oct. 19 Glasgow, SCT @ Broadcast
Oct. 28 London, UK @ Oslo Hackney (London Mirrors)
Nov. 2 Houston, TX @ The Heights Theater#
Nov. 3 Dallas, TX @ The Kessler Theater#
Nov. 4 Austin, TX @ Barracuda#
Nov. 6 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom#
Nov. 8 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre#
Nov. 9 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall#
Nov. 10 Eugene, OR @ Hi-Fi Music Hall#
Nov. 11 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom#
Nov. 12 Vancouver, BC @ BCImperial#
Nov. 17 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theater#
* supporting Conor Oberst
** supporting War On Drugs
# supporting Noah Gundersen

tour dates

12/16/17

Los Angeles, CA - Lodge Room Highland Park   w/ Gold Star

02/03/18

Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room  w/ Soccer Mommy

02/05/18

San Diego, CA - Soda Bar  w/ Soccer Mommy

02/06/18

Tucson, AZ - 191 Toole  w/ Soccer Mommy

02/08/18

Dallas, TX - Three Links   w/ Soccer Mommy

02/09/18

Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)  w/ Soccer Mommy

02/10/18

Austin, TX - Antone's  w/ Soccer Mommy
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video

Would You Rather
by Phoebe Bridgers
Motion Sickness
by Phoebe Bridgers