Soundcheck Smackdown: Lilith Fair

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This summer marks the return, after an 11-year hiatus, of Lilith Fair - the all-female music tour co-founded by Sarah McLachlan. Featuring artists like glam-soul diva Janelle Monae, pop princess Ke$ha, and indie-rock sister act Tegan and Sara, the festival has come a long way from its roots in adult-contemporary folk. But ticket sales have been sluggish, leading to a dozen canceled shows. In the age of Beyonce and Lady Gaga, is Lilith Fair still relevant?

Washington Post pop critic Chris Richards joins us for an update on the state of the touring industry. Then, Marisa Meltzer, author of Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music, and Amanda Hess, writer of the Washington City Paper column "The Sexist," debate the necessity of Lilith Fair in a Soundcheck Smackdown.

The Playlist:

1. Rihanna - S.O.S

2. Sarah McLachlan - Building A Mystery

3. Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone

4. Sarah McLachlan - Angel

5. Paula Cole - Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?

6. Joan Osbourne - One of Us

7. Cat Power - Nude As The News

8. Mary J. Blige - The One

9. Carly Simon - You're So Vain, 2009 Version

10. Sarah McLachlan - Loving You Is Easy