SXSW is always full of surprises, and this year was no exception. On March 14th, fans who flew into Austin for the festival were lucky enough to be treated to a surprise show from Boygenius. Consequence.net caught the show and shared part of it on their Instagram to the delight of fans everywhere. This special show was part of the official SXSW festivities and was a great way to kick off the event.
It was a sunny afternoon at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport when the indie supergroup made up of singer-songwriters Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus, and Phoebe Bridgers presented a surprise acoustic set.
The alt-rock trio has been making waves in the music scene for years, and this performance was no exception. With their signature harmonies and emotive lyrics, and a stunning set that showcased each artist’s individual talents, the band captivated all in attendance. It was a magical moment for all those who were lucky enough to be there.
Formed in 2018 by “kind of an accident” according to its members, Boygenius is a Los Angeles-based band whose musical journey continues to evolve.
The members were all fans of one another and unexpectedly became friends. Both Dacus and Bridgers opened for Baker on separate tours in 2016, and they all ran in similar circles as up-and-coming performers navigating the indie circuit.
As the ladies grew close, they shared frustration at constantly being compared to each other as “women in rock” despite their different musical styles. As far as Dacus was and is concerned, the idea of women in music “should not be remarkable whatsoever,” with Bridgers adding, “it’s not a genre”.
The music industry has long been plagued by the idea of pitting women against each other, creating an environment of competition and rivalry instead of collaboration and support. In response to this, the group was formed in order to reject this notion and instead promote unity among female artists. The members have all spoken out on this issue, emphasizing the importance of creating a safe space for women to come together and make music without fear of judgment or criticism. By coming together, they are able to create a stronger community that benefits all involved.
Catch their performance below: