Liz Phair announces massive Exile In Guyville reissue, U.S. tour

It’s been 25 years since Exile In Guyville titillated audiences with its raw, stripped-down take, part confessional and part satire, on singer-songwriter Liz Phair’s experiences with fuckboys in all their various forms. It says something about how far we haven’t come that songs like “Fuck And Run” (“whatever happened…

“A great time to be alive and own a guitar”: Chicago’s 1990s alt-rock explosion

Nirvana’s Nevermind came out in 1991 and became a veritable sensation, selling millions of albums and signifying to labels, music fans, and the world, that there was much success to be found in alternative rock—music that until that time was not heard much on the radio. In an effort to find Nirvana’s successor/gold…

Hear the scope of Liz Phair’s underrated career in 58 minutes

Liz Phair’s triumph and curse is that she made a classic album. Her first record, 1993’s Exile In Guyville, was a galvanizing response album to The Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main Street that continues to stand perfectly on its own today. It’s smart, explicit, spare, and unsparing—an indie rock classic. Then she had the…

Dream of the ’90s revived in Chicago with Smashing Pumpkins/Liz Phair tour

Some cities get to be cool all of the time. (Casts a sideways glance towards New York City.) The A.V. Club’s home base of Chicago, however, is not one of them. No, the last time Chicago was cool on a national level was in the ’90s, when local artists like Liz Phair and The Smashing Pumpkins formed the epicenter of an…