Phair Goes Acoustic With Flaming Lips
Singer/songwriter Liz Phair will embark on her first tour in several years with a string of acoustic performances opening for the Flaming Lips. The seven-date trek begins May 23 in Portland, Ore., andSinger/songwriter Liz Phair will embark on her first tour in several years with a string of acoustic performances opening for the Flaming Lips. The seven-date trek begins May 23 in Portland, Ore., and wraps June 3 in Denver. As previously reported, Phair will also be on hand June 7 for the inaugural Field Day Festival in Calverton, Long Island, N.Y.
The artist is touring in advance of the June 24 release of her self-titled Capitol album. First single "Why Can't I?" can be streamed from Phair's official Web site, as well as the upbeat rockers "Extraordinary" and "Rock Me." Fans who sign up for Phair's online mailing list will be entered into a drawing for a 7" vinyl single featuring the unreleased track "Greased Lightning."
"Why Can't I?," "Extraordinary," "Rock Me," and "Favorite" were co-written by Phair with the Matrix production team, best known for its work on Avril Lavigne's smash Arista debut, "Let Go." The slickly produced cuts are a far cry from Phair's humble indie roots, captured on her acclaimed 1994 Matador debut "Exile in Guyville." Other contributors on the new set include Michael Penn, veteran session drummers Matt Chamberlain and Victor Indrizzo, and former Prince guitarist Wendy Melvoin.
During an interview at the South By Southwest music conference last month in Austin, Texas, Phair admitted some fans may balk at her decision to collaborate with a mainstream outfit such as the Matrix. But she added, "I think that people who stay indie are very 'us vs. them.' I say, 'Why paint yourself into a corner?'"
Here is the tracklist to "Liz Phair":
"Red Light Fever"
"Why Can't I?"
"Take a Look"
"My Bionic Eyes"
"Friend of Mine"
"Good Love Never Dies"
Here are Liz Phair's tour dates:
May 23: Portland, Ore. (Crystal Ballroom)
May 24: George, Wash. (Sasquatch Festival)
May 25: Vancouver (Plaza of Nations)
May 28: San Francisco (Warfield Theatre)
May 30: San Diego (4th & B)
May 31: Los Angeles (Palladium)
June 3: Denver (Ogden Theatre)
June 7: Calverton, Long Island, N.Y. (Field Day Festival)