CONCERT PREVIEW: Phoebe Bridgers returns to Philly in support of her latest release; performs at World Café Live

Phoebe Bridgers
Phoebe Bridgers’ cover art.
Phoebe Bridgers’ cover art. COURTESY PHOTO


What: Phoebe Bridgers in concert

Where: World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104,

When: Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m.

Info.: For further information call 215-222-1400 or check

Emerging from the studio with her debut album, “Stranger in The Alps” (2017), indie folk pop artist Phoebe Bridgers, 23, is poised to have a breakthrough year.

“I’ve been waiting to make a record for a while,” says Bridgers. From Northern California.“It took about a year and a half to make because I was getting a lot of tours. We’d book studio time and then I would get a tour I had to take a lot of breaks from recording but that was probably a lucky break to have. I didn’t do it with a label so it was hard to know where I was going to land, but it all worked out and I’m glad it happened the way it did.”

“I wanted the album to completely represent who I am. These songs are representative of what I set out to do,” adds Bridgers. “I am very pleased with the results. I like it and my fans like it and that’s what matters. Finishing the record was huge!”

Bridgers’ haunting dark vocals and thought-provoking lyrics offer an unforgettable listening experience. Standout tracks include “Smoke Signals,” Motion Sickness,” “Scott Street,” “Killer,” “Georgia,” “Chelsea” and “Would You Rather.”


It didn’t take Bridgers long to find success following her graduation from the prestigious Los Angeles County High School for the Arts where she studied vocal jazz.

“I think most of my musical education had to do with being around a ton of teenagers who listened to music all the time,” recalls Bridgers.

“At school I had classical training for my voice, but I think being surrounded by people who were really enthusiastic about art and going to concerts all the time was the real education.”

“I met Carla Azar of the band Autolux – and she showed me Elliott Smith for the first time which was my first personal connection to music that one of my parents hadn’t showed me,” adds Bridgers. “It seemed so different from anything I’d listened to before. It was so personal, so intense.”

Influenced by Smith, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen, Bridgers continued to push, not only her vocal talent but songwriting.

“There was a turning point where I thought music could happen for me,” says Bridgers. “Then I started playing around and it actually started happening.”

Some of her early successes include being

featured in a 2014 commercial for the Apple iPhone singing the Pixie’s song “Gigantic.” Catching the attention of Ryan Adams, her debut EP “Killer” was released on his record label (2015). Her songs “Safe at Home,” “Steamroller” and “Georgia” have been featured on the TV shows “Switched at Birth” and “Castle.”

“Things are pretty cool for me right now,” says Bridgers. “I’m booking a tour and shows are selling out and that’s unreal, it’s a crazy thing for me. Before I made my record, I was mostly opening for people on tour. Now I’m headlining. I’m just so grateful that people want to come out and see me.”