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Julien Baker Returning To New Zealand In February

Julien Baker Returning To New Zealand In February

Friday 9th November, 2018 9:04AM

Memphis songwriter Julien Baker is heading back to Aotearoa this February following a winning headline appearance Auckland's Tuning Fork last July. Baker's supergroup boygenius with Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus dropped their hugely anticipated debut EP  and played their very first show together on Sunday, Baker's acclaimed discography includes 2017's sophomore album Turn Out The Lights and her celebrated 2015 debut Sprained Ankle. The 23-year-old artist is playing two special headline events at Auckland's Tuning Fork and Wellington's Meow, scope out the details here...

UPDATE 12/02/19: unfortunately Baker has cancelled her New Zealand shows due to unforeseen personal matters

Julien Baker
Friday 15th February - Tuning Fork, Auckland - cancelled
Saturday 16th February - Meow, Wellington - cancelled

Watch the video for 'Appointments' from 2017's Turn Out the Lights...

Check out a brand new live clip of Julien Baker playing as a member of boygenius on Late Night with Seth Myers...

Press release:

Internationally acclaimed singer songwriter Julien Baker has a special treat for her New Zealand fans today. The Memphis native has just announced two New Zealand tour dates that will see her phenomenal live show return to New Zealand in February 2019.

Julien Baker’s solo debut album, Sprained Ankle, was one of the most widely acclaimed works of 2015. The album, recorded by an 18-year-old and her friend in only a few days, was a bleak yet hopeful, intimate document of staggering experiences and grace, centered entirely around Baker’s voice, guitar, and unblinking honesty. Sprained Ankle appeared on year-end lists everywhere from NPR Music to The AV Club to New York Magazine’s Vulture.

With 2017's stand out release on Matador Records, Turn Out The Lights, the 21-year-old Baker returned to the world on a much bigger stage, but with the same core of breathtaking vulnerability and resilience. From its opening moments — when her chiming, evocative melody is accompanied by swells of strings — Turn Out The Lights throws open the doors to the world without sacrificing the intimacy that has become a hallmark of her songs. The album explores how people live and come to terms with their internal conflict, and the alternately shattering and redemptive ways these struggles play out in relationships. Baker casts an unflinching and accepting eye on the duality of – and contradictions in – the human experience, at times even finding humour and joy in the midst of suffering. She ultimately calls on her listeners to move beyond “good” and “bad,” or “happy” and “sad,” to embrace more complex truths. "There’s an elegance to her music that wasn’t there before--a sudden bright piano riff over deep guitar; a harrowing, shouted acapella--that feels like a coming of age." - Alternative Press

There is no doubt that audiences will get to experience an artist at the peak of her live powers – fresh from multiple tours of north America and Europe with her band and as a member of lauded indie supergroup boygenius alongside Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridges.


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