This week Julien Baker enchanted a Los Angeles crowd at the Wiltern by spilling her guts on stage like the musical superhero she is. Playing most of her current album release “Little Oblivions” as well as a good amount of older songs, Baker powered through an hour and a half long set. She has the distinct power to make a large room feel small while she is playing track after track of vulnerable hard-hitting music that leaves the audience speechless. Everyone in the audience could conjure the feeling that she was singing straight to them and only to them.
Baker gave the audience two options before diving into older material, “If you want to sing, feel encouraged to. If you don’t want to sing, just chill out”. Needless to say, the crowd took her up on the invitation to sing on “Sprained Ankle” and she continued alone on stage with softer tracks “Something” and “Televangelist”.
About halfway through the set, Phoebe Bridgers emerged and joined Baker on stage for a special duet of “Favor”. Bridgers and Baker are bandmates in 2018 all star group boygenius with Lucy Dacus, and Baker recently opened for Bridgers during a northern California tour stop.
Baker closed out the set with a 2 song encore of “Everybody Does” and slow and dramatically building fan favorite “Ziptie”. Captivated by the relatability of it all, this was a performance that will stick with the entire audience for quite a while. Check out the setlist below and the rest of her tour dates here!
- Relative Fiction
- Highlight Reel
- Sprained Ankle
- Song in E
- Fait Healer
- Favor (with Phoebe Bridgers)
- Turn Out the Lights
- Sour Breath
- Everybody Does (Encore)
- Ziptie (Encore)
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