Late last year during their North American tour together, Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus (boygenius) performed in-studio at KEXP. That session is available today, showcasing three tracks from their s/t EP as well as a cover of “Cowboy Take Me Away” by The Dixie Chicks.
After the briefest of respites, Lucy Dacus’ seemingly endless global touring continues next month in Savannah, GA. In addition, 6 southern U.S. dates with support from Mothers were just announced, with tickets on sale this Friday at 10am local time (links below).
2018 was a milestone year for Richmond, VA’s Lucy Dacus. Her widely celebrated sophomore record, ‘Historian’, was met by a chorus of critical acclaim, with NPR, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NBC News, Slate, The Atlantic, Billboard, Paste, Stereogum, and others calling one of the best albums of the year. Her collaborative EP as 1/3 of boygenius (with Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers) landed on many of those same lists, plus Newsweek, The New Yorker, Esquire, and the New York Times. She played revelatory sold-out shows at clubs and festivals alike, and made network TV appearances on “CBS This Morning”, “Late Night with Seth Meyers”, and “Last Call With Carson Daly”.
A cursory glance at her worldwide touring schedule in 2019 (below) shows little sign that Dacus is slowing down, and in fact, she will release a EP titled ‘2019’ to celebrate. Recorded in here-and-there studio spurts over the last two years, ‘2019 ‘will be released later this year, and will be made up of originals and cover songs tied to specific holidays, each of which will drop around their respective date: Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day (and Taurus season!), Independence Day, Springsteen’s Birthday (not an official holiday, though we’re told Chris Christie often took that day off), Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s.
Dacus uses her gift as a songwriter to help understand and cope with the world around her, including making sense of national holidays, often more geared towards social media boasts and manufactured consumerism than authentic celebration. “What is going on,” she asks herself on these days, retreating from the heightened expectations of holidays to figure out what to make of them and to find her own meaning. “I’ve collected some songs from trying to answer that question,” she says, and “this EP seems like the right place to put them next to each other. These songs are self-contained, not indicative of a new direction, just a willingness to do something different and sometimes even out of character.”
After a whirwind 2018 that’s included no shortage of year-end accolades for ‘Historian’, Lucy Dacus embarks on yet another US tour this February (new dates in bold below, tickets on sale Friday, 10am local time).
After surprising fans with the digital release of their EP a week ahead of their highly anticipated North American dates, boygenius’ self-titled six-song EP is officially available for purchase online and at your local independent record retailer.
On Monday night,Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus aka boygenius made their collaborative network TV debut performing “Me & My Dog” on NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers”. The trio’s tour continues tonight and tomorrow with sold out shows at Brooklyn Steel.
boygenius – the eagerly awaited collaboration EP from Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus — is available today from all popular (and some semi-popular) digital providers. While the 12″ vinyl edition hits stores on November 9, there’s an exclusive tour edition pictured below that can be purchased at one of the upcoming dates (several of which are sold out, so make your move)
boygenius will be appearing on NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers”, Monday, November 5th at 12:35 eastern time.
Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus tour dates :
The rumors are true: boygenius, the band of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus will release their self-titled EP debut on November 9th on Matador. The illustrious trio is comprised of the most exciting and visionary young songwriters in independent rock, whose critically acclaimed albums were all released in the past year (‘Turn Out The Lights’, ‘Stranger In The Alps’, and ‘Historian’, respectively). To celebrate today’s announcement, boygenius has released a captivating triumvirate of new songs titled “Stay Down,”“Me & My Dog,” and “Bite The Hand,” which can be heard HERE.
Baker and Bridgers will hit the road in North America this fall for a co-headline tour, with Dacus opening. Each artist will play her own individual set of tunes, but fans just might be able to hear some boygenius songs along the way – though that’s another rumor we can’t yet confirm. The tour kicks off at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on November 4th, and hits major markets in the Northeast, Midwest, and West Coast, culminating at The Wiltern in LA on November 30. The full list of tour dates, as well as each individual artist’s itinerary, can be found below.
Just another elbow in the ribs reminding you that Lucy Dacus’ incredible 2nd album, ‘Historian’, is available today at the planet’s best record shops and via the streaming or download platform of your choice. Dacus’ show tonight at Brooklyn’s Music Hall Of Williamsburg is sold out, and while that’s certainly frustrating for those who snoozed on tickets, she’ll be back in the region before long. AND THERE’S OTHER REGIONS (allegedly).
The latest single from Lucy Dacus’ hotly anticipated 2nd album, ‘Historian’ (out March 2), “Next Of Kin” is now available to stream or download. Preorder ‘Historian’ bundled with Lucy’s debut album, ‘No Burden’ now thru midnight tomorrow (2/14) for 20% off at The Matador Store.
A special Valentine’s Day playlist compiled by Lucy Dacus is now available at Spotify.
Following the announcement of her sophomore effort, ‘Historian’ (out March 2), the album’s 2nd single, “Addictions”, premieres today in the form of Lucy Dacus’ directorial debut. A myassive touring schedule for ‘Historian’ kicks off on release day at Brooklyn’s Music Hall Of Williamsburg (see below).
On March 2, Matador is releasing the hotly anticipated 2nd album from Richmond, VA’s Lucy Dacus, ‘Historian’, the followup to her unanimously hailed 2016 debut, ‘No Burden’ that established her as one of modern music’s top new voices & songwriters. The album’s first single, “Night Shift”, can be heard above.
‘Historian’ is a remarkably assured 10-track statement of intent that finds Dacus unafraid to take on the big questions — the life-or-death reckonings, and the ones that just feel that way. It’s a record full of bracing realizations, tearful declarations and moments of hard-won peace, expressed in lyrics that feel destined for countless yearbook quotes and first tattoos.
Dacus and her band recorded the album in Nashville last March, re-teaming with ‘No Burden’ producer Collin Pastore, and mixed it a few months later with John Congleton. The sound they created, with substantial input from multi-instrumentalist and live guitarist Jacob Blizard, is far richer and fuller than the debut — an outward flowering of dynamic, living, breathing rock and roll. Dacus’ remarkable sense of melody and composition are the driving force throughout, giving ‘Historian’ the immersive feel of an album made by an artist in full command of her powers, on a new level of truth-telling and melodic grace.
The past year, with its electoral disasters and other assorted heartbreaks, has been a rough one for many of us, Dacus included. She found solace in crafting a thoughtful narrative arc for Historian, writing a concept album about cautious optimism in the face of adversity, with thematic links between songs that reveal themselves on repeat listens — touching on everything from systemic racism to creative burnout to the death of her grandmother. “It starts out dark and ends hopeful, but it gets darker in between; it goes to the deepest, darkest, place and then breaks,” she explains. “What I’m trying to say throughout the album is that hope survives, even in the face of the worst stuff.”
Earlier this Summer Lucy Dacus stopped by the KEXP studios to perform four tracks from her terrific 2016 debut No Burden. Watch the session below, and be sure to catch her formidable live act on the upcoming fall tour.
“Map On A Wall”
“I Don’t Want To Be Funny Anymore”
Lucy Dacus On Tour
Thu October 19 Santa Barbara CA SOHO Music Club
Fri October 20 Los Angeles CA The Theatre at ACE Hotel
Mon October 23 Santa Ana CA The Observatory
Tue October 24 San Diego CA Music Box
Thu October 26 Big Sur CA Loma Vista Gardes
Fri October 27 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
Sat October 28 Reno, NV Jub Jub’s
Mon October 30 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
Wed November 1 Omaha NE Slowdown
Thu November 2 Bloomington IL The Castle Theatre
Fri November 3 Minneapolis MN First Avenue
Sat November 4 Iowa City IA The Englert Theatre
Sun November 5 Milwaukee WI Turner Hall Ballroom
The one and only Lucy Dacus recently wrapped a tour opening for Hamilton Leithauser this past Saturday and not a beat so much as passed before another batch of tour dates have been announced. See below the row of May dates where Lucy will be opening for Sylvan Esso.
2017 TOUR DATES
Sunday, May 14 – The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC*
Thursday, May 18 – Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY*
Saturday, May 20 – Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA*
Tuesday, May 23 – Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, ON*
Thursday, May 25 – Higher Ground Ballroom, Burlington, VT*
Friday, May 26 – Boston Calling Music Festival, Boston, MA
Saturday, May 27 – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC*
Saturday, June 10 – Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Manchester, TN
July 14-16 – Forecastle Festival, Louisville, KY
Lucy Dacus and band kick off a couple of weeks of shows in support of Hamilton Leithauser tonight in Cambridge, MA (see below) . There’s a number of charities Lucy’s raising money for at the merch table throughout the tour ; here’s the full list –
Wednesday, February 8,The Sinclair, Cambridge MA*
Thursday, February 9, Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA* SOLD OUT
Friday, February 10, Mr. Smalls, Milvale PA*
Saturday, February 11, Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH*
Monday, February 13, The Opera House, Toronto ON* SOLD OUT
Wednesday, February 13, 2/15 Lincoln Hall, Chicago IL* SOLD OUT
Thursday, February 16 2/16 Turf Club, St. Paul MN* SOLD OUT
Friday, February 17, High Noon Saloon, Madison WI*
Saturday, February 18, Zanzabar, Louisville KY* SOLD OUT
Sunday, February 19, 3rd & Lindsley Nashville, Nashville TN*
Tuesday, February 21, Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC*
Wednesday, February 22, Rock And Roll Hotel, Washington DC* SOLD OUT
Thursday, February 23 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY* SOLD OUT
Friday, February 24 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY* SOLD OUT
Saturday, February 25 The Bowery Ballroom, Manhattan NY* SOLD OUT
TONIGHT Lucy Dacus will be found playing a headlining show at Mercury Lounge (late show, 11pm). It was only a couple weeks since Lucy and her band opened up for Car Seat Headrest for a back-to-back Bowery Ballroom shows. This show should not be missed as it’s your last chance to see the band in North America the rest of 2016. If you’re in the UK or EU, you’re in luck. There is a nice long list of tour dates up the road.
In other Lucy Dacus news there is a gorgeous Blogotheque “A Take Away Show” session out earlier this morning. This can be seen at the top of this post.
The last time Lucy Dacus was in LA, she and her band taped a session with our friends at Amoeba Hollywood. Today the “Green Room” session is available in full above.
In other Lucy news, she capped off this relentless year of touring with a celebratory homecoming show last Friday in Richmond at the city’s iconic theater, The National. A couple great photos from said show below.
Matador’s repress of the LP version of Lucy Dacus’ critically acclaimed debut, ‘No Burden’ in available today, September 9 and can be ordered here. Clear vinyl versions with a limited edition signed poster are in stock at our lovely offices right this moment. The CD and digital versions, though less likely to make a pleasant THUD sound when dropped on your doorstep, kitchen counter or pillow, are available from the usual suspects, listed below.