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The Record (stylized in all lowercase) is the debut studio album by American indie rock supergroup Boygenius, consisting of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus. It was released on March 31, 2023, through Interscope Records.

The Record received critical acclaim, and was awarded perfect scores by the likes of DIY, NME and Rolling Stone.[2] It went on to top the charts in Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, marking the first number-one album for all band members, and peaked at number four on the Billboard 200.


After releasing their debut self-titled EP Boygenius in 2018, the trio had since been working on their solo projects and had all released their respective albums—Little Oblivions by Julien Baker, Punisher by Phoebe Bridgers, and Home Video by Lucy Dacus—before performing as a group for the first time in 3 years on November 19, 2021.[3] Rumours about a debut album from Boygenius began spreading in late 2022–2023, after the trio was spotted in a photoshoot together in November 2022 and after Boygenius was announced to be on the 2023 Coachella lineup on January 10, 2023.[4][5][6]


On January 18, 2023, Boygenius announced the album, along with the release of three lead singles, "$20", "Emily I'm Sorry", and "True Blue".[7][1]

On March 1, 2023, Boygenius released the album's fourth single "Not Strong Enough", along with an accompanying music video edited by Bridgers' brother Jackson Bridgers.[8] The song was sent to adult album alternative and alternative radio in the United States on March 13 and March 28, 2023, respectively.[9][10]

The B-side of the vinyl version of the record ends with a locked groove at the end of "Letter to an Old Poet," resulting in the group repeating the phrase "waiting" until the listener lifts the needle.

The Film

On March 30, 2023, Boygenius released "The Film", a promotional short film for the album, featuring the videos for all three singles, "$20", "Emily I'm Sorry", and "True Blue". The videos are interconnected with visual details.

The Film was directed by Kristen Stewart, and was launched with a proper film premiere at the El Rey Theatre, a live music venue in Los Angeles. The premiere was followed by a live Q&A with the band, for the press and fans.[11]

Touring and promotion

The group embarked on two tours to support the album, the Re:SET Concert Series in June 2023, and their own The Tour from April to October 2023. The Tour saw the band notably play Coachella, Pukkelpop in Belgium, Connect Music Festival in the UK or Rock en Seine in France. [12][13]

The band also performed "Not Strong Enough" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and during Bridgers' opening set for Taylor Swift's The Eras Tour.[14][15]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
The Line of Best Fit8/10[20]
Rolling Stone[24]
Slant Magazine[25]

On review aggregator website Metacritic, The Record holds a score of 90 out of 100, based on reviews from 26 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[2] A five-star review by NME raved that The Record was an "instant classic" as a result of each Boygenius member "getting to know each other artistically and collaboratively".[21] Rolling Stone wrote that Boygenius were able to "transcend any kind of 'supergroup' cliché" through "recombining their individual styles into a different kind of chemistry for each song".[24] Matthew Neale of Clash praised Lucy Dacus' contributions to the album in particular with tracks "True Blue" and "We're in Love".[17] John Amen of PopMatters wrote, "Democratically curated and effusing a palpable enthusiasm, [The Record] stands as a testimony to the power of aesthetic commonality, enduring friendship, and the magic of teamwork, something we could all use more of these days."[26] Kyle Lemmon of Flood Magazine stated that The Record "just plain rips as an indie-rock record".[27]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Boygenius (Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus), except "Leonard Cohen", written by Boygenius, HoJun Yu and Leonard Cohen

The Record track listing
No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."Without You Without Them"
  • Dacus
  • Bridgers
  • Baker
3."Emily I'm Sorry"Bridgers3:34
4."True Blue"Dacus4:56
5."Cool About It"
  • Baker
  • Dacus
  • Bridgers
6."Not Strong Enough"
  • Bridgers
  • Baker
  • Dacus
7."Revolution 0"Bridgers4:17
8."Leonard Cohen"Dacus1:42
  • Baker
  • Bridgers
  • Dacus
10."We're in Love"Dacus4:54
12."Letter to an Old Poet"Bridgers3:07
Total length:42:13


  • "Leonard Cohen" contains portions of "Anthem" written and performed by Leonard Cohen.[28]
  • "Letter to an Old Poet" contains interpolations of "Me & My Dog" written and performed by Boygenius.[29]
  • In the liner notes of the album, songwriter Paul Simon is thanked for inspiration on "Cool About It".[30]


The Tour

The Tour is the second concert tour[31] by American indie rock supergroup Boygenius, in support of their debut album The Record.[32] The tour was announced on March 28, 2023, and began on April 13, 2023.[33]


In 2018, Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus booked a co-headlining tour together,[34] and, after booking the tour, decided to record a six-song EP to help promote the tour.[35] The three ended up forming a band called boygenius, coming on stage together at the end of each show and playing the entire EP.[36] In 2023, the group returned with the announcement of their debut album, The Record.[37][38] That same month, the group also announced they would be heading out on the Re:SET Concert Series.[39] With the Re:SET Concert Series only hitting select cities, the group announced a proper headlining tour to hit markets not part of the concert series.[40] In February, they announced their first concerts in the United Kingdom and Europe.[41]

Critical reception

Reviewing the opening show in Pomona, Chris Willman of Variety described it as a "galvanizing gig", further commended Boygenius as they "managed to find the ideal balance and blend of voices, personalities and musical sensibilities".[42]

Set list

This set list is representative of the show on April 12, 2023, in Pomona, California, United States. It does not represent all dates throughout the tour.[43]

  1. "Without You Without Them"
  2. "$20"
  3. "Satanist"
  4. "Emily I'm Sorry"
  5. "True Blue"
  6. "Cool About It"
  7. "Souvenir"
  8. "Me & My Dog"
  9. "Leonard Cohen"
  10. "We're In Love"
  11. "Anti-Curse"
  12. "Letter to an Old Poet"
  13. "Not Strong Enough"
  14. "Salt in the Wound"


  1. "Bite the Hand"
  2. "Revolution 0"
  3. "Stay Down"
  4. "Ketchum, ID"

Tour dates

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, and opening acts
DateCityCountryVenueOpening acts
Leg 1 — North America[44]
April 12, 2023PomonaUnited StatesPomona Fox TheaterIlluminati Hotties
April 15, 2023[a]IndioEmpire Polo Club
April 22, 2023[a]
June 2, 2023San DiegoThrive Park at Snapdragon StadiumBartees Strange
June 3, 2023Los AngelesBrookside at the Rose Bowl
June 4, 2023StanfordFrost Amphitheater
June 6, 2023PhoenixArizona Financial TheatreBartees Strange
June 8, 2023HoustonWhite Oak Music Hall
June 9, 2023DallasTexas Trust CU Theatre GroundsBartees Strange
June 10, 2023New OrleansFestival Grounds at City Park
June 11, 2023AtlantaCentral Park
June 13, ArenaBartees Strange
June 14, 2023WilmingtonLive Oak Bank Pavilion
June 16, 2023ColumbiaMerriweather Post PavilionBartees Strange
June 17, 2023New YorkForest Hills Stadium
June 18, 2023BostonThe Stage at Suffolk Downs
June 20, 2023PittsburghStage AEClaud
June 21, 2023TorontoCanadaBudweiser StageClaud
Broken Social Scene
June 23, 2023ColumbusUnited StatesKEMBA Live! Festival StageBartees Strange
June 24, 2023ChicagoRiis Park
June 25, 2023NashvilleThe Great Lawn in Centennial Park
July 28, 2023VancouverCanadaPNE AmphitheatreCarly Rae Jepsen
Illuminati Hotties
July 29, 2023GeorgeUnited StatesThe Gorge
July 30, 2023BendHayden Homes Amphitheater
August 1, 2023BonnerKettleHouse Amphitheater
August 2, 2023BoiseOutlaw FieldIlluminati Hotties
August 3, 2023Salt Lake CityLibrary Square
August 5, 2023MorrisonRed Rocks Amphitheatre
Leg 2 — Europe[44]
August 11, 2023[b]OsloNorwayTøyen Park
August 12, 2023[c]GothenburgSwedenSlottsskogen
August 13, 2023CopenhagenDenmarkK.B. HallenMuna
August 15, 2023BerlinGermanyVerti Music Hall
August 16, 2023ColognePalladium
August 18, 2023[d]HasseltBelgiumKiewit
August 19, 2023[e]BiddinghuizenNetherlandsSpijk en Bremerberg
August 20, 2023LondonEnglandGunnersbury ParkMuna
Ethel Cain
August 22, 2023HalifaxPiece HallEthel Cain
August 23, 2023
August 25, 2023[f]Saint-CloudFranceDomaine National de Saint-Cloud
August 27, 2023[g]EdinburghScotlandRoyal Highland Centre
August 28, 2023DublinIrelandRoyal Hospital KilmainhamMuna
Leg 3 — United States[44]
September 25, 2023BostonUnited StatesMGM Music Hall at FenwayPalehound
September 26, 2023
September 28, 2023New HavenWestville Music Bowl
September 30, 2023PhiladelphiaMann Center for the Performing ArtsSamia
October 1, 2023[h]ColumbiaMerriweather Post Pavilion
October 2, 2023New York CityMadison Square GardenMuna
October 31, 2023Los AngelesHollywood Bowl100 gecs, Sloppy Jane


  1. ^ a b The concerts on April 15 and 22, 2023 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California are parts of Coachella.[45]
  2. ^ The concert on August 11, 2023 at the Tøyen Park in Oslo, Norway is a part of Øyafestivalen.[46]
  3. ^ The concert on August 12, 2023 at the Slottsskogen in Gothenburg, Sweden is a part of Way Out West.[47]
  4. ^ The concert on August 18, 2023 at Kiewit in Hasselt, Belgium is a part of Pukkelpop.[48]
  5. ^ The concert on August 19, 2023 at Spijk en Bremerberg in Biddinghuizen, Netherlands is a part of Lowlands.[49]
  6. ^ The concert on August 25, 2023 at the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud in Saint-Cloud, France is a part of Rock en Seine.[50]
  7. ^ The concert on August 27, 2023 at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland is a part of Connect Music Festival.[51]
  8. ^ The concert on October 1, 2023 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland is a part of the All Things Go Music Festival.[52]


Chart performance for The Record
Chart (2023)Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[53]3
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[54]24
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[55]6
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[56]43
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[57]11
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[58]39
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[59]1
French Albums (SNEP)[60]126
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[61]8
Irish Albums (OCC)[62]1
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[63]2
Scottish Albums (OCC)[64]1
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[65]40
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[66]36
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[67]22
UK Albums (OCC)[68]1
UK Americana Albums (OCC)[69]1
US Billboard 200[70]4
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[71]2
US Folk Albums (Billboard)[72]1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[73]1
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[74]2


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Boygenius (stylized in all lowercase)[1] is an American indie supergroup[2][3][4][1] formed in 2018 by Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus.[5][6] Their self-titled debut EP was written and recorded at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles.[7][8][9] On January 18, 2023, the band announced their debut studio album, The Record, which was released on March 31.[10]


2018: Formation, EP, and tour

Boygenius in 2018–2019

Bridgers has called the formation of the group "kind of an accident," wherein each of the members were simply fans of each other's work and then became friends.[1] Both Dacus and Bridgers had opened for Baker on separate tours in 2016, and they all ran in similar circles as young up-and-coming performers navigating the indie scene.[11][12]

The three became close and shared their frustrations of constantly being compared to each other as "women in rock" despite their considerably different musical styles.[13] Dacus has commented that the idea of women in music "should not be remarkable whatsoever," with Bridgers adding, "it's not a genre."[13] Each has spoken on the tendency of the music industry to pit women against each other, and the group was formed in part to reject this idea.[1][13] "I hope people see the three of us and know there isn't competition," Dacus has said. "You don't have to compete with your contemporaries. You can make something good with people you admire."[14]

Baker had joked to Dacus years before about a "pipe dream" that they could one day all form a band.[15] The three decided to book a co-headlining tour in early 2018, and they originally planned to record a single or cover so that they could perform something together on stage.[1] Upon meeting up that summer, however, they found themselves overwhelmed with ideas, and they ended up forming the band, writing, recording, and self-producing the Boygenius EP in four days, with the process involving almost exclusively women.[14][16]

Each brought one full song and one incomplete idea with them to the group.[17] They sought to create an environment free of the competitiveness and "bravado" they had often encountered in previous experiences, and they have remarked that the absence of adult men in the process proved significant, allowing them to relate to each other openly without constantly having to explain themselves.[1][16] The record was met with universal acclaim from critics and audiences alike; it was named the 12th best album of 2018 by NPR Music, despite being only an EP.[18] Their subsequent tour that November saw them performing all across the U.S., as well as on Late Night with Seth Meyers and the Tiny Desk.[15][19][20]

2019–2022: Continuing collaborations

The group was slated to perform in summer 2019 at Woodstock 50, before its cancellation due to a series of production issues.[21][22] In 2020, they were featured on Hayley Williams' "Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris" from her EP Petals for Armor II, and also reunited on backing vocals for numerous songs from each other's solo projects: "Graceland Too" and "I Know the End" from Bridgers' Grammy-nominated Punisher, Baker's Little Oblivions single "Favor", and Dacus's "Please Stay" and "Going Going Gone" on Home Video.[23] With the releases scattered throughout the year, all of these were actually recorded on the same day, a process Dacus said "had the same atmosphere as when we recorded the boygenius EP[...] a natural result of being together, easy as can be."[23]

In July 2020, the trio released a handful of demos from their Boygenius recording sessions on Bandcamp to raise money for charitable organizations in their respective hometowns, raising over $23,000 for the Downtown Women's Center of Los Angeles, OUTMemphis, and Mutual Aid Distribution Richmond.[24][25]

After reuniting on stage for occasional surprise appearances at one another's solo tours throughout fall 2021, the group performed their first full show together since 2018 as the headliner of Bread and Roses Presents' annual benefit concert in San Francisco on November 19.[26]

2023–present: The Record

In January 2023, the band announced their debut studio album, The Record, with a release date of March 31, 2023. The album artwork and three singles from the album, "$20," "Emily I'm Sorry," and "True Blue" were released alongside the album's initial announcement.[10] The three videos from the singles were all directed by Kristen Stewart, and were combined into a single promotional short film called The Film.

On January 31, 2023, AEG (Anschutz Entertainment Group) Presents announced that the band would be one of three headline acts at the inaugural Re:SET Concert Series.[27] In April 2023, the group played at the Coachella Music Festival.[28] They then embarked on an international tour, dubbed The Tour.

On September 20, 2023, a new video was released for their song Cool About It. It was directed by Lauren Tsai.[29]


The group has been vocal about the origins of their name, which began as a joke and a way to encourage each other in the studio.[16] All three had shared negative experiences with overconfident male collaborators—as Baker put it, "the archetype of the tortured genius, [a] specifically male artist who has been told since birth that their every thought is not only worthwhile but brilliant."[17] Dacus described the "boy genius" trope as "boys and men we know who've been told that they are geniuses since they could hear, basically," and has detailed how they attempted to channel that energy while making the EP. "If one person was having a thought—'I don't know if this is good, it's probably terrible'—it was like, 'No! Be the boy genius! Your every thought is worthwhile, just spit it out.'"[16]

The group occasionally writes their name as "xboygeniusx", such as on social media and their website.[30][31] This is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the X symbol of the straight-edge punk subculture, which Baker was somewhat involved in as a teen. She noted that they had all joked about boygenius being a hardcore band, and when creating their social media they thought it would be funny to stylize themselves as extremely punk when it wasn't characteristic of any of their music at the time.[32]


Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected details
TitleDetailsPeak chart positions

The Record4131181

Extended plays

TitleEP detailsPeak chart positions






  • Released: October 26, 2018
  • Label: Matador
  • Format: LP, CD, digital download, streaming
Boygenius (Demos)[51]
  • Released: July 3, 2020
  • Label: Matador
  • Format: Digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.


TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum





"$20"20233044The Record
"Emily I'm Sorry"4431
"True Blue"
"Not Strong Enough"11126789
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

Other charted songs

TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum



"Without You Without Them"202339The Record
"Cool About It"34219721
"Revolution 0"40
"Letter to an Old Poet"35
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.


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  57. ^ a b Peaks on the New Zealand Hot Singles Chart:

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