Phoebe Bridgers Debuts New Song “Sidelines” — Her Only New Song of 2022 (Listen)


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Rock Cellar Magazine

On Wednesday night in Phoenix, Phoebe Bridgers devoted one song in her set list to the debut of a brand new track, “Sidelines,” which also hit streaming platforms late Thursday evening.

The song comes with significant anticipation, as it marks Bridgers’ first bit of new original material since her breakthrough 2020 album, Punisher, the record that pushed her from a somewhat under-the-radar buzzworthy Los Angeles-based indie singer/songwriter to a bona fide indie star, with a star-making Saturday Night Live appearance, multiple Grammy nominations and a mostly sold-out tour of North America that was quite a cathartic spectacle (click here for our review of the two Los Angeles gigs).

Here’s fan footage of the song’s debut in Phoenix, which is viewable via Reddit for anyone interested:

Written by Phoebe and collaborators Marshall Vore and Ruby Rain Henley, the song featuring some vocal effects on Bridgers’ voice, her delivery almost sounds akin to that of Imogen Heap.

That production touch gives the song a dream-like quality that will no doubt make it an instant hit among her dedicated fan base:

As for this new song, “Sidelines” is connected to a new Hulu series, Conversations with Friends, an adaptation of a novel by Sally Rooney that will premiere on the streaming platform on May 15. You can hear part of the song in the show’s trailer:

The Phoenix concert marked the launch of another leg of Bridgers’ ‘Reunion’ tour, which will go on for a few months and includes two big spots at Coachella this coming weekend and the following.

The full schedule of dates:

4/15: Coachella – Indio, CA
4/22: Coachella – Indio, CA
5/13: The Amp at Craig Ranch – Las Vegas, NV
5/14: Kilby Block Party – Salt Lake City, UT
5/17: Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO
5/19: The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory – Dallas, TX
5/20: Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park – Austin, TX
5/21: The Lawn at White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
5/22: Hangout Fest – Gulf Shores, AL
5/24: The Cuban Club – Tampa, FL
5/25: St Augustine Amphitheatre – St Augustine, FL
5/27: Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park – Atlanta, GA
5/28: Forecastle Festival – Louisville, KY
5/31: Starlight Theatre – Kansas City, MO
6/1: The Waiting Room Outdoors – Omaha, NE
6/3: BMO Harris Pavilion – Milwaukee, WI
6/4: Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island – Chicago, IL
6/7: RBC Echo Beach – Toronto, ON
6/8: MTelus – Montreal, QC
6/9: Thompson’s Point – Portland, ME
6/11: The Anthem – Washington, DC
6/12: The Anthem – Washington, DC
6/13: Stone Pony Summer Stage – Asbury Park, NJ
6/15: BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at Prospect Park Bandshell – Brooklyn, NY
6/20: Fairview Park – Dublin, Ireland
6/22: Barrowland – Glasgow, UK
6/24-25: Glastonbury – Somerset, UK
6/26: O2 Academy – Birmingham, UK
6/30: Roskilde Festival – Roskilde, Denmark
7/2: Rock Werchter Festival – Werchter, Belgium
7/3: Down The Rabbit Hole Festival – Ewijk, Netherlands
7/5: Carroponte – Milan, Italy
7/7: Bilbao BBK Festival – Bilbao, Spain
7/8: Mad Cool Festival – Madrid, Spain
7/9: NOS Alive Festival – Lisbon, Portugal
7/14: Colours of Ostrava – Ostrava, Czech Republic
7/17: Lollapalooza Paris – Paris, France
7/22: Latitude Festival – Suffolk, UK
7/23: O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK
7/26: O2 Academy Brixton – London, UK
8/7: Hinterland – Saint Charles, IA
8/18: Spokane Pavilion – Spokane, WA
8/20: Orpheum Theatre – Vancouver, BC
8/23: Marymoor Park – Redmond, WA
8/25: Edgefield Amphitheater – Troutdale, OR
8/27: Vina Robles Amphitheatre – Paso Robles, CA
8/28: This Ain’t No Picnic – Los Angeles, CA



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