Watch Julien Baker Perform “Favor” and Be Interviewed on “The Late Late Show with James Corden”

Apr 08, 2021

By Mark Redfern


Julien Baker released a new album, Little Oblivions, in February on Matador. Last night she was the musical guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden, where she performed the album’s “Favor” and was also interviewed by the British host. All of this was done remotely. Watch it below, followed by Baker’s upcoming tour dates that were announced earlier this week.

Katie Malco will be the opening act for all North American tour dates, with Thao as support for the September 2021 dates and Dehd supporting the October/November 21 dates. Ratboys will be the opening act for all of the 2022 European dates.

Baker released her previous album, Turn Out the Lights, back in 2017 via Matador, her first for the label. It was our Album of the Week and more importantly it was #2 on our Top 100 Albums of 2017 list. Little Oblivions is her third studio album (her debut was 2015’s Sprained Ankle). Little Oblivions was recorded in December 2019 and January 2020 in Baker’s hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. Calvin Lauber engineered the album and Craig Silvey mixed it, both of whom worked on Turn Out the Lights. Baker plays most of the instruments on the album, which fleshes out and expands were previously stripped back sound.

When Little Oblivions was announced in October, Baker shared “Faith Healer” via a video for it. “Faith Healer” was one of our Songs of the Week. Then Baker performed “Faith Healer” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Then she shared another song from the album, “Hardline,” via an animated video for the propulsive single (which made it to #1 on our Songs of the Week list). Baker also did a session for Seattle radio station KEXP. Then she shared the next single from the album, “Favor,” which featured backing vocals from Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus, her bandmates in the supergroup boygenius. Then she shared the album’s fourth single, “Heatwave,” which is about trying not to worry about trivial things. “Heatwave” was also one of our Songs of the Week. Baker was also on Sirius XM for an XMU Live Session and performed a cover of Radiohead’s “Everything In Its Right Place” (from their 2000 album Kid A). She then performed “Hardline” on Late Night with Seth Meyers

Read our rave review of Little Oblivions here.

Also check out our Why Not Both podcast interview with Baker on Little Oblivions.

Read our 2017 cover story interview with Baker, along with a bonus Q&A.

Also read our 2016 interview with Baker and our 2015 Artist Survey interview with her.

Julien Baker 2021-2022 Tour Dates:

North America:

09/03/2021 Birmingham, AL @ Saturn +
09/04/2021 Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse +
09/05/2021 Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Festival
09/07/2021 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel +
09/08/2021 Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom +
09/13/2021 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club +
09/14/2021 New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre +
09/15/2021 Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall +
09/17/2021 Boston, MA @ House of Blues +
09/18/2021 Northampton, MA @ Calvin Theatre +
09/20/2021 Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre +
09/22/2021 Chicago, IL @ Metro +
09/23/2021 Chicago, IL @ Metro +
09/24/2021 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue +
09/25/2021 Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre +
09/27/2021 Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre +
09/28/2021 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall +
09/29/2021 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Smalls Theatre +
10/27/2021 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s #
10/28/2021 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater #
10/29/2021 Houston, TX @ Heights Theater #
10/30/2021 San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger #
11/01/2021 Phoenix, AZ @ Van Buren #
11/02/2021 San Diego, CA @ The Observatory #
11/04/2021 Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern #
11/06/2021 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater #
11/08/2021 Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater #
11/09/2021 Vancouver, BC @ Hollywood Theatre #
11/10/2021 Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre #
11/12/2021 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex #
11/15/2021 Lawrence, KS @ The Granada #
11/16/2021 St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall #

Europe:

04/15/2022 Utrecht, NL @ Tivoli *
04/16/2022 Groningen, NL @ Vera *
04/17/2022 Hamburg, DE @ Fabrik *
04/19/2022 Copenhagen, DK @ Vega *
04/20/2022 Gothenburg, SE @ Pustervik *
04/21/2022 Oslo, NO @ Parkteatret *
04/23/2022 Stockholm, SE @ Nalen *
04/25/2022 Lund, SE @ Mejeriet *
04/28/2022 Berlin, DE @ Festsaal Kreuzberg *
04/29/2022 Prague, CZ @ Rock Cafe *
04/30/2022 Vienna, AT @ Arena *
05/01/2022 Salzburg, AT @ Rockhouse *
05/04/2022 Padova, IT @ Padova Hall *
05/06/2022 Zurich, CH @ Bogen F *
05/07/2022 Schorndorf, DE @ Manufaktur *
05/08/2022 Munich, DE @ Technikum *
05/10/2022 Cologne, DE @ Kulturkirche *
05/13/2022 Paris, FR @ Le Trabendo *
05/14/2022 Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique *
05/18/2022 London, UK @ Electric Ballroom *
05/19/2022 Leeds, UK @ Leeds Irish Centre *
05/21/2022 Dublin, IE @ Whelan’s *
05/22/2022 Dublin, IE @ Whelan’s *
05/24/2022 Glasgow, UK @ St Luke’s *
05/25/2022 Manchester, UK @ Gorilla *
05/29/2022 Madrid, ES @ Teatro Kapital
05/30/2022 Valencia, ES @ La Rambleta
05/31/2022 Barcelona, ES @ Sala Apolo

+ with special guest Thao and Katie Malco
# with special guest Dehd and Katie Malco
* with Ratboys

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