With 2017’s spellbinding and profound debut solo full-length, Stranger in the Alps, last year’s eponymous first EP with stellar supergroup Boygenius (a trio with likeminded breakout artists Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus), and now a third year and third project, Better Oblivion Community Center, who emerged last week to simultaneously announce their existence and surprise drop their debut LP, LA indie and folk rock breakout Phoebe Bridgers has, in only a few years, become one of the most important, gifted, earnest, and prolific new artists in existence.
Following a similar trajectory as Conor Oberst, her bandmate in Better Oblivion Community Center, and no stranger to a myriad of projects himself (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk, Desaparecidos, and more), spanning back to around the time Bridgers was born (they’re only 14 years apart, but Oberst got a particular young start in the Omaha scene), the origins of the duo trace back to 2016, when the pair first met and kept in touch, leading to Oberst appearing on Bridgers’ debut, and subsequently taking her on the road. Their friendship continued, as did spontaneous writing sessions, until it was apparent that they’d crafted enough work for an album, deliberately held off as a surprise, to be digested all at once.
Just last week, the band announced itself to the world by appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, immediately releasing their album, a 10-track mesh of sensibilities which reflects each artist’s complimentary style while feeling wholly unique from either’s solo work, the next day, and appearing on CBS This Morning over the weekend, immediately earning an outpouring of positive critical praise. It’s not a shock, however still a pleasant surprise, that BOCC plan to take the project on the road this year, announcing today a lengthy spring tour of North America and Europe, bringing them to Nashville for the first time on April 7 at The Basement East, with support from Christian Lee Hutson and Lala Lala.
Needless to say, though we only learned of this band’s existence last week, we’ve been obsessing over their LP for days, and this show instantly shoots to the top of our most-anticipated of the spring. Tickets officially go on sale this Friday, Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. CST right here (or get them during the pre-sale now with code ‘dylanthomas’), and they will certainly sell out fast.
Finally, you can watch Better Oblivion’s first music video, for debut single “Dylan Thomas,” directed by Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner below, along with the duo’s various recent television appearances!
March 8 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater ^
March 9 – Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse ^
March 10 – San Diego, CA @ Music Box ^
March 11 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Fremont Theater ^
March 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom ^
March 15 – San Francisco, CA @ August Hall ^
March 16 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir ^
March 17 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s ^
March 19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro ^
March 20 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird ^#
March 21 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown ^#
March 22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line ^#
March 23 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall ^#
March 25 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom ^#
March 26 – Pittsuburgh, PA @ Mr Smalls ^#
March 28 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair ^#
March 29 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ^#
March 30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg ^#
March 31 – Providence, RI @ Columbus Theater ^#
April 2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer ^#
April 3 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat ^#
April 4 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle ^#
April 5 – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle ^#
April 6 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West ^#
April 7 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East ^#
April 9 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk ^#
April 10 – Dallas, TX @ Trees Lounge ^#
April 12 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf ^#
April 13 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent ^#
^ – with Christian Lee Hutson
# – with Lala Lala