A few songs into her sun-drenched Saturday Newport Folk set, Phoebe Bridgers paused and proclaimed, “I am a puddle of sweat.” It was a one-liner that primed those huddled at the Harbor Stage for the 2018 Slingshot artist’s catalog: details delivered with specificity and a subtle sense of humor.
Even Bridgers’ stage banter reflected her striking style, mixing straightforward address and astute observation. “This song is about how every time I smoke weed, I remember why I don’t smoke weed,” she said of the plainspoken plea “Demi Moore.” Later, she called “Steamroller,” a devastatingly candid cut from her 2015 EP, Killer, “another dark love song,” and referred to the defiant “Motion Sickness” as her “only angry song.” Despite its venom, it’s a song that unspools with a sonic ease that feel refreshing, even for an overheated festival audience.
- Smoke Signals
- Demi Moore
- Everything Is Free (Gillian Welch)
- Unreleased Song (?) (Christian Lee Hutson)
- Motion Sickness
- Scott Street