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Erica Dawn Lyle and Vice Cooler recruit feminist rocker friends for a collaborative benefit compilation

Land Trust: Benefit for NEFOC embodies the spirit of mutual aid that guides many punk communities. When Bikini Kill’s 2020 reunion tour was canceled, touring guitarist Erica Dawn Lyle and drum tech Vice Cooler wanted to make themselves useful. But during lockdown, they were isolated in their respective homes on opposite sides of the country—Lyle, […]

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Julien Baker expands her vulnerable sound on Little Oblivions

Julien Baker’s 2015 debut album, Sprained Ankle, and its 2017 follow-up, Turn Out the Lights, centered the singer-songwriter’s sometimes fragile but always sincere voice as she journeyed through addiction and came to terms with her sexuality and spirituality. Her songs were bold in their lyrical honesty and unadorned presentation: Sprained Ankle featured just Baker and […]

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Three of today’s brightest new songwriters team up for a tour, and some collaborative tunes

Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus are three singer-songwriters who have each made an impact in the music world in just the past couple of years, particularly with their recent solo releases Turn Out the Lights, Stranger in the Alps, and Historian, respectively. While Baker’s instrumentals—usually sparse figures on a chordal instrument—are mellow and […]