Live Review: Lucius, Philadelphia, PA, Jan. 29, 2024

Revisiting 2013 breakthrough Wildewoman at Brooklyn Bowl Philly, Lucius delivered the gorgeous harmonies, big emotions and eye-catching style that made them riveting artists in their own right before becoming go-to backing vocalists to the stars.

The focus was solidly, deservedly on Wildewoman’s lush singles and deep cuts, from the iconic “Turn It Around” and “Go Home” to “Tempest” and “Two Of Us On The Run”—the latter performed acoustic, on the floor in the middle of the sold-out crowd.

It was rewarding, as well, to hear tunes that didn’t make the album, including “Housewarming” and “Ice Cream,” and an eclectic handful of covers like Paul Anka’s “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” and My Morning Jacket’s “Wonderful.”

But beyond the songs, the sophisticated vibes that frontwomen Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe radiate dazzled the crowd, while the fan letters they shared from the stage at the top of the encore served as a gentle parachute back to earth.

—M.J. Fine; photos by Chris Sikich