Two Nice Girls–there’re four of them, they’re not girls, and no, they’re not always nice–are an acoustic-based outfit from Austin who’ve leavened a lot of the folkie airiness of most women’s music with (a) a little rock ‘n’ roll and (b) a political clearheadedness that produces fine moments like “For the Inauguration.” (“Is this my good fortune? / Am I finally in luck? / Now what I receive is a kinder and gender fuck.”) The four women in the group all write on their new album Moe Liked Olivia, but founder Gretchen Phillips steals the show. (She did the same thing three years ago on the band’s first album [1988] with the song “I Spent My Last $10.00 [on Birth Control and Beer].”) The centerpiece of the new album is “The Queer Song,” a funny sacrilegious attack on “Not Fade Away.” (“I’m gonna tell you how it’s gonna be / Soon you’re gonna be fuckin’ me.”) Not everything is so profane (or humorous); but even some of the wimpier stuff, like Meg Hentges’s lovely “Throw It All Away,” is memorable too. Tonight, Lounge Ax, 2438 N. Lincoln; 525-6620.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Scott Van Osdol.