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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2011
Liz Phair is a sellout. And a copycat, and a Sheryl Crow and an Avril Lavigne, but most of all, a former hero. So says the naggy, invisible Greek chorus of former and current fans, purists, naysayers, and kneejerk critics who greet every record she's put out since "Exile in Guyville," her seminal 1993 album. The reaction was just as strong when she released "Funstyle" last year, an album that — after she described it as "experimental" — was practically begging to be torn to shreds by critics.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2011
Liz Phair is a sellout. And a copycat, and a Sheryl Crow and an Avril Lavigne, but most of all, a former hero. So says the naggy, invisible Greek chorus of former and current fans, purists, naysayers, and kneejerk critics who greet every record she's put out since "Exile in Guyville," her seminal 1993 album. The reaction was just as strong when she released "Funstyle" last year, an album that — after she described it as "experimental" — was practically begging to be torn to shreds by critics.
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October 6, 2005
Indie rock singer and songwriter Liz Phair's latest album, Somebody's Miracle, hit stores on Tuesday, just as she hits the road on her national tour. Phair broke out of the underground indie rock scene in 1993 and has been enjoying positive recognition for her albums ever since. She will be performing at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. N.W. in Washington, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at 800-955-5566 or tickets.com.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | October 13, 2005
MY MORNING JACKET Z [ATO/RCA] *** 1/2 ( 3 1/2 STARS) The Louisville band's fourth album is a mass of a million brilliant details, a shimmering mosaic with its feet in Americana mud and its head in the stars. The group has been hanging around the vital center of American indie rock for a few years now, particularly singer and songwriter Jim James, who collaborates with Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and who represented the kids at last year's Gram Parsons tribute concerts. There's still some of Parsons' "cosmic American music" ideal coursing through My Morning Jacket, but Z moves away from the more overt Band and "The Notorious Byrd Brothers" references, closer to a convergence of Who-like playfulness and drive with R.E.M.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | March 25, 2004
The old Liz Phair was sharp and darkly introspective; she was interesting. With the 1993 seminal Exile in Guyville album, the artist became the "queen of indie rock." Alternative fans (and geeky rock critics) adored her -- a singer-songwriter whose snide, brash, explicit lyrics paved the way for other feminist rockers such as Alanis Morissette and Meredith Brooks. Back then, Phair seemed so anti-mainstream, so anti-Madonna -- writing, producing, playing on and putting out her own records and frankly singing about things some folks only divulge in journals.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | May 4, 1999
Liz Phair is not the sort of person who'd come out and say something like "Lilith Fair changed my life." Coming from her lips, such a statement would seem too corny to sound like anything but sarcasm.Even so, being part of the roving, all-female road show last summer had a tremendous effect on Phair. "When I watched Sarah [McLachlan] and Natalie [Merchant] and Paula [Cole], I just sat there going, `I want to be that,' " she says, still sounding slightly awe-struck.It wasn't just the strength of the songs or the musicality of the performances that struck her. What Phair most admired about the Lilith headliners was the energy and emotionality they projected.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | October 13, 2005
MY MORNING JACKET Z [ATO/RCA] *** 1/2 ( 3 1/2 STARS) The Louisville band's fourth album is a mass of a million brilliant details, a shimmering mosaic with its feet in Americana mud and its head in the stars. The group has been hanging around the vital center of American indie rock for a few years now, particularly singer and songwriter Jim James, who collaborates with Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and who represented the kids at last year's Gram Parsons tribute concerts. There's still some of Parsons' "cosmic American music" ideal coursing through My Morning Jacket, but Z moves away from the more overt Band and "The Notorious Byrd Brothers" references, closer to a convergence of Who-like playfulness and drive with R.E.M.
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan | April 28, 2002
On a cold night in Brooklyn, N.Y., this past December, members of the Baltimore band Ellen Cherry had just finished packing up the truck after recording their first album when they decided to nip back into the studio to say quick goodbyes. Just 20 minutes later, the group came back out to find the truck window broken and all the instruments stolen. "The cops told us, 'You're in New York City now; this isn't Baltimore,' " said Kristin Putchinski, Ellen Cherry singer / songwriter and a free-lance graphic artist.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | August 13, 1998
Liz PhairWhitechocolatespaceegg (Matador 7243 53554)Liz Phair has a flair for pushing people's buttons.Outrageousness, in fact, is part of her charm. When her first album, "Exile in Guyville," was released in 1993, critics were shocked - shocked! - by her ribald boasts and fondness for four-letter words. Naturally, they rushed to declare the disc an indie-rock masterpiece."Whip-Smart," Phair's 1994 follow-up, augmented its unladylike language with unabashed ambition. Yet rather than brand Phair a sellout for wanting a place in the Top-40, the rock press all but signed on with her label's marketing team.
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By Lou Carlozo and By Lou Carlozo,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 20, 2001
In the first wave of recorded music, the goal was simple: Engineers sought to capture and reproduce live performances of musicians who worked years to hone their craft. Then came multitrack tape machines and the Beatles. In this second wave, the studio, much like an instrument, was used to bend sounds and fashion sonic backdrops impossible to re-create on a stage. But as you peel the plastic from your next new CD - whether by Britney Spears or Radiohead, Cher or Liz Phair - chances are, to revise the old ad slogan, it's neither live nor Memorex.
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October 6, 2005
Indie rock singer and songwriter Liz Phair's latest album, Somebody's Miracle, hit stores on Tuesday, just as she hits the road on her national tour. Phair broke out of the underground indie rock scene in 1993 and has been enjoying positive recognition for her albums ever since. She will be performing at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. N.W. in Washington, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at 800-955-5566 or tickets.com.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | March 25, 2004
The old Liz Phair was sharp and darkly introspective; she was interesting. With the 1993 seminal Exile in Guyville album, the artist became the "queen of indie rock." Alternative fans (and geeky rock critics) adored her -- a singer-songwriter whose snide, brash, explicit lyrics paved the way for other feminist rockers such as Alanis Morissette and Meredith Brooks. Back then, Phair seemed so anti-mainstream, so anti-Madonna -- writing, producing, playing on and putting out her own records and frankly singing about things some folks only divulge in journals.
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan | April 28, 2002
On a cold night in Brooklyn, N.Y., this past December, members of the Baltimore band Ellen Cherry had just finished packing up the truck after recording their first album when they decided to nip back into the studio to say quick goodbyes. Just 20 minutes later, the group came back out to find the truck window broken and all the instruments stolen. "The cops told us, 'You're in New York City now; this isn't Baltimore,' " said Kristin Putchinski, Ellen Cherry singer / songwriter and a free-lance graphic artist.
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By Lou Carlozo and By Lou Carlozo,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 20, 2001
In the first wave of recorded music, the goal was simple: Engineers sought to capture and reproduce live performances of musicians who worked years to hone their craft. Then came multitrack tape machines and the Beatles. In this second wave, the studio, much like an instrument, was used to bend sounds and fashion sonic backdrops impossible to re-create on a stage. But as you peel the plastic from your next new CD - whether by Britney Spears or Radiohead, Cher or Liz Phair - chances are, to revise the old ad slogan, it's neither live nor Memorex.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | May 4, 1999
Liz Phair is not the sort of person who'd come out and say something like "Lilith Fair changed my life." Coming from her lips, such a statement would seem too corny to sound like anything but sarcasm.Even so, being part of the roving, all-female road show last summer had a tremendous effect on Phair. "When I watched Sarah [McLachlan] and Natalie [Merchant] and Paula [Cole], I just sat there going, `I want to be that,' " she says, still sounding slightly awe-struck.It wasn't just the strength of the songs or the musicality of the performances that struck her. What Phair most admired about the Lilith headliners was the energy and emotionality they projected.
ENTERTAINMENT
By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | August 13, 1998
Liz PhairWhitechocolatespaceegg (Matador 7243 53554)Liz Phair has a flair for pushing people's buttons.Outrageousness, in fact, is part of her charm. When her first album, "Exile in Guyville," was released in 1993, critics were shocked - shocked! - by her ribald boasts and fondness for four-letter words. Naturally, they rushed to declare the disc an indie-rock masterpiece."Whip-Smart," Phair's 1994 follow-up, augmented its unladylike language with unabashed ambition. Yet rather than brand Phair a sellout for wanting a place in the Top-40, the rock press all but signed on with her label's marketing team.
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October 12, 2005
Indie rock singer and song writer Liz Phair's latest album, Somebody's Miracle, hit stores last week, just as she hits the road on her national tour. She will be performing at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. N.W. in Washington, today at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at 800-955-5566 or tickets.com.
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