Eddie Vedder, Phoebe Bridgers and more to play Tibet House benefit livestream

Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo, Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal, and cellist Rubin Kodheli will also appear at the event, alongside a message from the Dalai Lama.

Tibet House US – 34th Annual Benefit Concert this February 17th, 2021 with Philip Glass, Eddie Vedder, Phoebe Bridgers, Brittany Howard, Valerie June, Angélique Kidjo, Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal, Rubin Kodheli & More! https://t.co/6OH6xfroey pic.twitter.com/zV35YfifOk

— Tibet House US (@tibethouseus) January 14, 2021

Tickets for the livestream range from $25 (£18) to $250 (£183), and can be purchased on the streaming platform Mandolin.

In a press release, the organisers of the Tibet House benefit said: “There are few events that stand the test of time, and for more than three decades this annual event has been a standout.

“For the first time ever, this year’s concert offers viewers around the world the unique opportunity to experience the warmth, sense of community, and amazing music the evening has provided for so many years at [New York’s] Carnegie Hall.”


Tibet House was founded at the request of the Dalai Lama in 1987 with a view to creating a cultural institution that would preserve the arts and sounds of Tibet.

Meanwhile, Eddie Vedder shared an expanded version of his ‘Matter Of Time’ EP late last year. Adding four songs to the record, the Pearl Jam frontman shared a new cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Growin’ Up’, at-home versions of three of the grunge band’s classic tracks.

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Maggie Rogers on her and Phoebe Bridgers’ cover of ‘Iris’: “It was all this weird, wild inside joke”

Speaking to WSJ Magazine for a profile of Bridgers, Rogers said of the cover: “She understands culture and, with ‘Iris’, I was just following her lead.

if trump loses I will cover iris by the goo goo dolls

— traitor joe (@phoebe_bridgers) November 3, 2020

“It was all this weird, wild inside joke that somehow everyone else was in on. It’s funny to know a friend so well, but then as an artist getting to see her in the studio… seeing her work just make everything make sense.”

Elsewhere in the profile, Bridgers spoke about her album ‘Punisher’, which was released last year amid the coronavirus pandemic. “I think I would have made an apocalyptic album even if there was no apocalypse,” she said.

The musician is one of a number of artists who have been confirmed to perform on a new livestream subscription service. Bandsintown PLUS will over fans access to 25 shows a month, with the first load also featuring Soccer Mommy, Claud, Flying Lotus, Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold, Big Thief’s Adrienne Lenker and more.



Phoebe Bridgers on how ‘I Know The End’ started out as “super metal”

“And then I had the idea to end the record in a super metal way and so I just did both. I was like, ‘Oh, maybe the depressing song will be great for this crazy outro’.”

She went on to reveal that she asked her Better Oblivion Community Center bandmate, Conor Oberst, to “teach me how to scream” for the climax to ‘I Know The End’.

“He was like, ‘What do you mean? You just do it’,” Bridgers recalled. “So I just did it, and my voice was sore for three days but it was so fun. I highly recommend it.”

The singer added that she “had to whisper” when acting out the scream in the track’s video, which sees her grab the face of an elderly woman. “I was like, ‘Sorry, Lily. Ahgghgghgggh!’”


Bridgers last week shared a behind-the-scenes look at the shooting of her video for ‘Savior Complex’, which was directed by Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Phoebe Bridgers, meanwhile, is up for five Grammys at next month’s ceremony. Last month, she revealed that she was “in bed with a migraine” when she received the news of her nominations.



Phoebe Bridgers was “in bed with a migraine” when she received Grammy nomination news

“Then I saw all these messages from my mom – she was crying and sent a picture of a bottle of champagne she bought two days ago that she hadn’t wanted me to know about, just in case nothing happened.”

The musician was also asked about the Grammys’ Best Rock Performance category, which features only female and female-fronted acts for the first time in the awards’ history.

Going up against Fiona Apple, Haim, Brittany Howard, Grace Potter and Big Thief, Bridgers said she is “honoured to be nominated with those people”.

Pressed on new music and what was currently inspiring her to write, the singer explained: “I’m doing a new type of therapy and lots of memories are resurfacing, so I don’t need to look for it. I’m processing a lot of [expletive] because time is so stagnant, and I feel like I have songs just building up inside me. I’m like, ‘How will I write every song about everything?’”


Bridgers released her new ‘Copycat Killer’ EP earlier this month, which contains stirring string reworkings of songs featured on ‘Punisher’.



Cardi B, Haim, Phoebe Bridgers and more to play Mad Cool Festival 2021

Others on the first announcement included Red Hot Chili PeppersPixiesDeftones and Royal Blood.

⚡️💥💛🏄🏻‍♀️♣️ Cardi B, Kings Of Leon, The War On Drugs, HAIM, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Kali Uchis, MØ, Zara Larsson y 19 bandas más se unen a #MadCool2021. Muy pronto 2 nuevos headliners y muchas más sorpresas 🌞 🌴🎡🎶✨

Tickets 👉 https://t.co/kYvdqfdF46 pic.twitter.com/2wqWlhszkF

— Mad Cool Festival (@madcoolfestival) November 25, 2020

The first announcement for Mad Cool 2021 came on July 8, which marked what would’ve been the start of Mad Cool Festival 2020, which was cancelled back in May due to the coronavirus pandemic.

See the full breakdown of the new Mad Cool 2021 additions, day-by-day, below.


Cardi B
Chloe Moriondo



Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals
Kali Uchis
Peggy Gou
Black Bear
Sleaford Mods


Kings of Leon
The War on Drugs

Phoebe Bridgers
Stephan Bodzin
Dream Wife
Higher Power


Zara Larsson
Leon Bridges
Sylvan Esso
Gang of Youths
Gus Dapperton
Easy Life

Upon the announcement of Mad Cool’s 2021 festival dates, organisers said that they hope to roll over “most of the artists” booked for 2020 to next year’s edition, though a number of “new names” would also be added to the revised line-up.

“We will be back next year with a new edition that we hope exceeds your expectations. Your loyalty demands that we do not disappoint you,” they wrote.

Read NME‘s investigation into a pandemic-proof festival season here.



Phoebe Bridgers shares Christmas cover ‘If We Make It Through December’

Listen to the new version of 1974 track ‘If We Make It Through December’ below.

The new cover follows Bridgers releasing her new EP ‘Copycat Killer’ last week (November 20). The EP saw four songs from the singer’s 2020 album ‘Punisher’ given a makeover alongside strings player and arranger Rob Moose.

Reviewing ‘Copycat Killer’, NME wrote: “‘Punisher’ did a good enough job on its own of convincing the world of Phoebe Bridgers’ rare and exquisite talent, but this expansion of her sound opens the door for her to go anywhere she pleases in the future.

“Rarely does a remix EP recalibrate songs so thoroughly while maintaining every inch of their magic, but we should expect the unexpected from Phoebe Bridgers by now.”


Bridgers also shared a long-teased cover version of Goo Goo Dolls classic ‘Iris’ alongside Maggie Rogers, which she promised to release if Donald Trump was voted out of office in the 2020 US presidential election.



Phoebe Bridgers shares stirring version of ‘Kyoto’ from upcoming ‘Copycat Killer’ EP

The four tracks were re-recorded alongside Grammy-winning arranger Rob Moose, who’s previously recorded strings for the likes of Taylor Swift, The Killers, Haim and FKA Twigs.

Vinyl copies of ‘Copycat Killer’ will be available exclusively through Rough Trade – pre-order the record here and see the official artwork below.

Phoebe Bridgers – ‘Copycat Killer’ artwork. CREDIT: Press

The announcement comes after Bridgers discussed the difficulties of not touring this year due to the coronavirus crisis. “I didn’t realise how much I relied on people screaming at me every night,” she explained. “It’s just super-weird. I feel like I don’t exist. Which is the best problem possible to have in 2020.”


She added: “And I’m also super-grateful that I did anything, that I released this album. Late-stage capitalism at its best. I feel like I don’t exist unless I make stuff and get to talk about it.”

In a five-star review of ‘Punisher’, NME wrote: “The LA songwriter’s ability to paint this lingering feeling of dread so vividly is perhaps the biggest factor in her rapid rise to cultish indie household name; just look at the state of the world right now.”





Watch Conor Oberst join Phoebe Bridgers for #SaveOurStages set

First, the Bright Eyes frontman joined her to sing her own song ‘Halloween’, which featured on her recent second album ‘Punisher’. Later, the pair performed ‘Dylan Thomas’, from their collaborative project Better Oblivion Community Center.

Bridgers was also joined by Christian Lee Hutson and Charlie Hickey on covers of their own songs. You can watch the full set above now.

Phoebe Bridgers played:

‘Scott Street’
‘Lose This Number’
‘Dylan Thomas’
‘I Know The End’

The musician recently announced her own label Saddest Factory in conjunction with Dead Oceans. Brooklyn-based musician Claud was later revealed to be Bridgers’ first signing.


“The vision of the label is simple: good songs, regardless of genre,” Bridgers said of her plans for the imprint.

Meanwhile, the musician appeared on YouTuber itsblitzzz’s channel last week (October 16), receiving an ASMR massage from the video-maker.

According to the video’s description, the collaboration came about after Julia learned that Bridgers had cited ASMR – and specifically her channel – as an influence on latest album ‘Punisher’. The pair proceeded to chat online, and Bridgers then went over to her house in California to film the video.




Phoebe Bridgers announces Saddest Factory record label

In a subsequent interview with Billboard, Bridgers said that marketing music is her “secret passion”.

“I love thinking of bus bench ideas and Instagram filters and stuff. It’s very corporate of me, but I’m kind of obsessed,” she said.

She went to describe her role at the label as the go-between “from artist [brain] to corporate brain.”

Saddest Factory has already signed its first artist, with an announcement announced shortly. Musicians can also submit demos to the label through its website.

Bridgers recently teamed up with Arlo Parks for BBC Radio 1’s ‘Piano Sessions’. Together the pair played Bridgers’ ‘Kyoto’ as well as offering up a cover of Radiohead‘s ‘Fake Plastic Trees’.


In a five-star review, NME hailed Bridgers’ latest album ‘Punisher’ as “atmospheric indie with an undercurrent of anxiety,” adding: “Bridgers has previously stated that ‘Punisher’ explores ‘crying’ and numbness – which is certainly true – but what it most successfully captures is stasis, and an undercurrent of anxiety around what lies in the future.”




Phoebe Bridgers, Beck and more to take part in Daniel Johnston tribute event

The tribute will air on Johnston’s YouTube page and on the website of iconic New York recording studio Electric Lady tonight at 9pm ET (2am BST). It will also feature a never-before-seen home movie of Johnston shared by his family.

Daniel Johnston

In a statement, Lee Foster, the managing partner of Electric Lady, said: “I’m just a huge fan of Daniel Johnston’s drawings and music and recognise how beloved he is, especially within the music community.

“If you’re a fan, you’re usually a fanatic, and when I started reaching out to musician and industry friends for video submissions, the answer was almost always an all-caps ‘YES.’ People want to celebrate him.”

Following Johnston’s death in 2019, a number of musicians began sharing covers of songs from across his back catalogue. Wilco were among them, performing a version of Johnston’s ‘True Love Will Find You In The End’ at a gig in Berlin.




The National’s Matt Berninger and Phoebe Bridgers reveal the songs they hate performing

He added: “We often present ourselves as the thing I know is wrong, and I’m not going to do this in real life, and I’m not like this in real life, but I kind of want to do it, and I deserve it I think, and I’m at least going to do it on stage.

“There’s so many songs I do terrible things in because it’s so cathartic. It’s like I get to write a Martin Scorsese movie about myself and play myself in this moment, in this song right now, and that’s really cathartic, so then I go home to my real life and I’m more relaxed and don’t do that.”

Bridgers referred to one of her darkest songs as ‘Halloween’ from her recent album ‘Punisher’.

One line refers to an incident in which a San Francisco Giants fans was killed by a group of Los Angeles Dodgers’ fans in the lyric “They killed a fan down by the stadium, was only visiting but they beat him to death”.

She told thecreativeindependent.com: “I do not want to do that ever, or be that ever. That is a very dark version of myself and you let yourself go there in the songs, you’re like, ‘Look, I monetized it, I’m creating something’. Where it feels dirty and weird to have intrusive thoughts over and over that you didn’t make anything out of.”


Bridgers added: “A Giants fan was killed by a bunch of Dodger fans at Dodger Stadium years ago and I remember hearing about it as a kid and being like, ‘What the fuck’. A serial killer’s one thing, whatever, but someone being in the heat of the moment so excited about fucking baseball that they beat someone to death.”

Meanwhile, Berninger is set to release his solo album ‘Serpentine Prison’ on October 2 and recently shared new single ‘Distant Axis’.




Phoebe Bridgers shares trailer for eerie ‘I Know The End’ video

In the clip, we see Bridgers sporting her trademark skeleton suit – as seen on the ‘Punisher’ cover and in previous videos – while running down a dark street and walking through a deserted corridor. These scenes are interspersed with rapid shots of her emerging from a container of water.

Tomorrow at 9am EST.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ9-xN6dCW4&feature=youtu.be

Posted by Phoebe Bridgers on Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Signalling the video’s arrival on Instagram yesterday (July 27), Bridgers wrote: “The label said I should post a teaser for the video that comes out wednesday july 29th at 9am ET consider yourself teased.”

Last week, Phoebe Bridgers appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert with a home performance of ‘Kyoto’. The loosely choreographed rendition saw her drummer Marshall Vore take on tambourine duties.

In a five-star review, NME hailed ‘Punisher’ as “atmospheric indie with an undercurrent of anxiety,” adding: “Bridgers has previously stated that ‘Punisher’ explores “crying” and numbness – which is certainly true – but what it most successfully captures is stasis, and an undercurrent of anxiety around what lies in the future.”




The 1975 to release new single ‘Guys’ tomorrow evening

Along with the today’s announcement, The 1975 also shared the single’s official artwork – you can check it out below.

// G U Y S – T O M O R R O W – 5 P M B S T // @Beats1 @zanelowe L O V E pic.twitter.com/5OoSQrXBqV

— The 1975 (@the1975) May 12, 2020

Yesterday (May 11), the band announced the rescheduled date for their huge Finsbury Park show which had been shelved due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. It will now take place on July 10, 2021.

Meanwhile, Pale Waves, Phoebe Bridgers and Clairo were among the acts to cover The 1975 on an online tribute show last week. The event was live-streamed via The Face‘s official Instagram page on Thursday evening (May 7).

In a five-star review of ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’, NME said that the band had crafted “something deep and sprawling and occasionally silly to dig deep into over many listens, during which your favourite track will shift on a daily basis. Something that requires time and attention – something just right for now.”




Lucinda Williams on the new song she wrote about Ryan Adams’ accusations: “I don’t want this to seem like I’m completely defending his actions”

“He’s one of those people who you can love but he can also piss you off. God knows he’s made enough mistakes.”

She continued to say the song was not about the allegations against him specifically (claims which he has denied), but looking at a situation where somebody “basically fucked things up and trying to deal with seeing that person in that place but still being concerned about them”. “I still love Ryan,” Williams said. “Do I agree with what he did? No.

“I’m not trying to say: ‘Oh, poor Ryan, he was all misunderstood.’ I’m just taking the situation and turning it into a song, but I think you can apply it to different things. I don’t want this to seem like I’m completely defending his actions.”

A report published in the New York Times in February 2019 set out accusations against Adams from seven women, including Phoebe Bridgers and his ex-wife Mandy Moore. The allegations included emotional and psychological abuse, harassment, inappropriate and manipulative behaviour, and more.

Five months later, Adams resurfaced online to release a statement alluding to the allegations, which he had previously denied on multiple occasions. “I have a lot to say,” he wrote. “I am going to. Soon. Because the truth matters. I know who I am. What I am. It’s time people know. Past time. All the beauty in a life cannot be reduced to rubble for lies.”


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