Indie folk singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers played the first of two sold out benefit shows last night at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! The massive crowd - mostly female teens and tweens - sang along to all of Bridgers' upbeat hits, including "Motion Sickness" and "Kyoto", while quietly listening to her more somber "dirges", such as "Funeral" and "Moon Song." This tour is in support of Bridgers' sophomore release, "Punisher" (2020), delayed by two years because of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
"A true ego death is putting out an album and not being on tour," Bridgers told Rolling Stone last month. "I didn't realize how much I relied on people screaming at me every night. It's just super-weird."
Among those in Bridgers' tight backing band was the versatile violinist Rob Moose, who has lent his talents to dozens of new music and indie projects over the past decade, trumpeter JJ Kirkpatrick, and drummer (and frequent collaborator) Marshall Vore.
L.A. girl pop trio MUNA - who are signed to Bridgers' label, Saddest Factory Records - got the crowd going with their own high-octane set. Bridgers joined them onstage for their hit "Silk Chiffon," which Bridgers co-wrote and performs with them on the release.
Tickets for tonight's show are available on the resale market here. Setlist and photos below.
Phoebe Bridgers Setlist: