Liz Phair’s deeply clever and often brutally candid songs have been commanding ears and raising eyebrows ever since she started writing them. Her 1993 debut studio album Exile in Guyville was released to acclaim; it has been ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, by Pitchfork as one of the 100 Greatest albums of the 90’s.
In 1993 she made the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine, topped SPIN’s 20 Best Albums of the Year, and reached No. 1 on the Village Voice Pazz and Jop Critics Poll. In Spring 2016 Liz toured with The Smashing Pumpkins on their North American “In Plainsong” tour. Liz is currently working on a new record, produced by Ryan Adams and along with working on a US Tour for Fall 2017, she plans to tour worldwide in 2018. More than two decades after the release of her debut, Phair’s influence over female voices in alternative music can be felt today more than ever.
“I don’t want to be your fucking dog,” sings Soccer Mommy’s Sophie Allison on “Your Dog,” a highlight from her new album Clean. Over knotty, distorted guitars and churning bass, Allison is equal turns confrontational and vulnerable. “I want a love that lets me breathe/I’ve been choking on your leash.” It’s a mission statement, a reclamation of power, a rewriting of all indie rock’s rules. Soccer Mommy is the project of twenty-year-old Sophie Allison, a Nashville native. She cut her teeth in her local DIY scene, going to shows and hanging out with other musicians, though she kept her own songwriting secret. “I’ve played music since I was six,” says Allison, “and I always wrote songs just for myself. I did it for fun, posting songs on Tumblr, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud. I didn’t think anyone would notice.”