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Phoebe Bridgers

Phoebe Bridgers epitomises the fact that the best of today’s indie rock is female. In 2018, she founded a supergroup with her friends Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker, under the delightfully ironic name Boygenius. She also teamed up with Fiona Apple, The National and Taylor Swift and released two superb albums under her own name, filled with instrumental audacity, humour and lyrical darkness. The latest, Punisher, is a work of both healing and rage, illustrated by this scene from Saturday Night Live: surrounded by her orchestra of skeletons straight out of a Tim Burton film, Phoebe screams, and screams some more, then smashes her guitar against a speaker. After the storm, she smiles and hugs her bass player. It was a liberating moment, full of emotion, perfectly reflecting her music.