Liz Phair
Nashville
Red Apple Falls
Ani DiFranco

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With the explosion of alternative rock in the early '90s, a new kind of singer/songwriter emerged. While there were elements of introspection and personal politics held over from the early-'70s era of singer/songwriteres, the alternative singer/songwriters were also influenced by the loud guitars of punk and hard rock, inspired by the rootsy approach of the burgeoning Americana movement, and informed by the indie-rock attitude of "anything goes," both lyrically and sonically. Unlike contemporary singer/songwriters, who followed the trends of mainstream pop, alternative artists like Liz Phair, Will Oldham (in his many guises), and Elliott Smith garnered widespread acclaim, and even a measure of mass popularity, but remained firmly rooted outsde of the mainstream.

Alternative Singer/Songwriter Artists Highlights

Liz Phair
Liz Phair
Ani DiFranco
Ani DiFranco
Nick Cave
Nick Cave
Iron & Wine
Iron & Wine
Bob Mould
Bob Mould
Courtney Barnett
Courtney Barnett

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Alternative Singer/Songwriter Album Highlights

Nashville
Josh Rouse
Nashville
Red Apple Falls
Smog
Red Apple Falls
Poses
Rufus Wainwright
Poses
Holly
Justin Nozuka
Holly
Wakin on a Pretty Daze
Kurt Vile
Wakin on a Pretty Daze
Feast or Famine
Chuck Ragan
Feast or Famine

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Alternative Singer/Songwriter Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk Rufus Wainwright
Why Can't I? Liz Phair
Come Pick Me Up Ryan Adams
Los Ageless St. Vincent
Fast as You Can Fiona Apple
Between the Bars
Elliott Smith
Not a Pretty Girl Ani DiFranco
You Oughta Know Alanis Morissette
Greatest
Cat Power
Summer of Drugs
Victoria Williams

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