Liz Phair Adds "Guyville" Dates in Boston, DC and Philadelphia

July 18, 2008 5:11 PM ET

After performing her 1993 album Exile in Guyville in its entirety in San Francisco, Chicago and New York, Liz Phair has added three more Guyville 15th anniversary shows: August 27th at Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia, August 28th at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC and August 29th at Boston's Paradise. Ticket info is available at Phair's Website. For Rock Daily's report from the first Guyville full-album show, click here.

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