boygenius (Julien Baker + Lucy Dacus + Phoebe Bridgers) Announce EP, Share Three Songs

boygenius EP Due Out November 9 via Matador; Listen to “Bite the Hand,” “Me & My Dog,” and “Stay Down”

Aug 21, 2018 Photography by Lera Pentelute
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Boygenius is a new supergroup featuring three amazing singer/songwriters: Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus, and Phoebe Bridgers. They have announced their self-titled debut EP, which is due out November 9 via Matador. But you don't have to wait until then to hear half the EP, as today they have shared three of its six tracks: "Bite the Hand" (led by Dacus), "Me & My Dog" (led by Bridgers), and "Stay Down" (led by Baker). Listen to the three songs below, followed by the EP's tracklist and cover art. Also below are tour dates for each artist, including some joint dates (Baker and Bridgers have an upcoming co-headlining tour, with Dacus opening).

Los Angeles' Phoebe Bridgers released her debut album, Stranger in the Alps, back in September via Dead Oceans. Memphis' Julien Baker released her new album, Turn Out the Lights, back in October via Matador, her first for the label. It was our Album of the Week and more importantly it was #2 on our Top 100 Albums of 2017 list. Richmond's Lucy Dacus released a new album, Historian, back in March via Matador. It was also our Album of the Week.

The trio met via tours together and mutual festival appearances. They hatched the idea of their November tour together and thought they should record some collaborative music to perform on the tour.

"It seemed obvious to record a 7-inch for tour, although many adult men will try to take credit for the idea," explains Bridgers in a press release. "When we got together, we had way more songs than we expected and worked so well together, that we decided to make a full EP."

Dacus adds: "A long time ago, before I even met Phoebe, Julien mentioned that she had a pipe dream of starting a band with both of us. Then we booked this tour and decided the time was right."

Baker agrees that it was also down to good timing. "When we met, Lucy and Phoebe and I were in similar places in our lives and our musical endeavors, but also had similar attitudes toward music that engendered an immediate affinity," Baker says in the press release. "Lucy and Phoebe are incredibly gifted performers, and I am a fan of their art outside of being their friends, but they are also both very wise, discerning and kind people whom I look up to in character as much as in talent." 

Of recording the EP, Baker adds: "Everyone seemed both confident enough to present ideas and fight for their individual vision, but considerate and humble enough to make decisions which ultimately served the song. It was a process that required a balance of determination and forthrightness with graciousness and pliability, and I think that we all did a good job of enacting that."

Read our 2017 cover story interview with Julien Baker.

Also read our 2017 cover story bonus Q&A with Baker.

Read our rave 9/10 review of Baker's Turn Out the Lights.

Read our 2016 interview with Baker and our 2015 Artist Survey interview with her.

Read our 2017 exclusive interview with Phoebe Bridgers and check out our photo-shoot with her.

Read our 2018 interview with Lucy Dacus.

Read our 2016 Artist Survey interview with Dacus.

boygenius Tracklist:

1. Bite The Hand
2. Me & My Dog
3. Souvenir
4. Stay Down
5. Salt In The Wound
6. Ketchum, ID

Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers with Lucy Dacus Tour Dates:

11/4 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
11/6 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel
11/7 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel
11/8 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
11/10 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
11/11 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
11/12 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
11/13 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
11/15 - St Louis, MO - The Pageant
11/16 - Madison, WI - The Sylvee
11/17 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
11/19 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
11/20 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
11/23 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
11/24 - Seattle, WA - The Moore Theatre
11/25 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
11/27 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
11/29 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park
11/30 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern

Julien Baker Tour Dates:

8/25 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony (Shadow of the City Festival) w/ Bleachers, Hayley Kiyoko
8/29 - Cologne, DE - C/O Pop
9/01 - Larmer Tree Gardens, UK - End of the Road Festival
9/03 - Brussels, BE - Botanique #
9/04 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso #
9/05 - Hamburg, DE - Elbphilharmonie #
9/07 - Copenhagen, - Hotel Cecil #
9/08 - Bergen, NO - Perfect Sounds Forever #
9/10 - Stockholm, SE - Kagelbanan #
9/13 - Leipzig, DE - UT Connewitz #
9/14 - Prague, CZ - NOD #
9/15 - Vienna, AT - Felx #
9/16 - Munich, DE - Ampere #
9/18 - Milan, IT - Ohibo #
9/20 - Dudingen, CH - Bad Bonn #
9/22 - Paris, FR - La Maroquinerie #
9/24 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla #
9/25 - Glasgow, UK - St Luke's #
9/27 - Dublin, IE - Vicar Street #
9/29 - London UK - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire #

# denotes Becca Mancari supporting

Phoebe Bridgers Tour Dates:

8/21 - London, UK - Scala
9/20 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium # 
9/21 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium # 
9/22 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbra Bowl # 
9/27 - Philadelphia, PA - The Mann Center # 
9/28 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion # 
9/29 - Forest Hills, NY - Forest Hills Stadium # 
10/3 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren *
10/4 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriet's *
10/5 - Santa Cruz, CA - Cocoanut Grove *
10/7 - Sanoma, CA - Gundlach Bundschu Winery *

# denotes with The National
* denotes with Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band

Lucy Dacus Tour Dates:

8/21 - Guilford, UK - The Boileroom
8/23 - Dudingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn Festival
8/25 - Aarhus, Denmark - Recession at Radar
8/26 - Malmo, Sweden - Plan B
8/27 - Oslo, Norway - Open Oya Festival
8/28 - Bergen, Norway - Perfect Sounds Forever Festival
8/31 - Salisbury, UK - End Of The Road Festival
9/2 - Dublin, Ireland - Electric Picnic Festival
9/14 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
9/29 - Upper Marlboro, MD - Outessa Festival
10/22 - Norwich, UK - Norwich Arts Centre
10/23 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
10/25 - Leicester, UK - The Cookie
10/26 - Glasglow, UK - Mono
10/27 - Manchester, UK - Now Wave
10/29 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt
10/31 - London, UK, Islington Assembly Hall

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