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Exile In Receding Hairline-ville

Liz Phair
Turner Hall
Milwaukee, WI
January 21, 2011
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Story and photos by Gypsy Davey

Standing in the confines of Turner Hall, a modest gathering of mid-lifer's milled about until Liz Phair took the stage at about half past nine. The show was essentially mailed in. Phair tapped her hits and treated us with newer visions from her latest release Funstyle in "Oh Bangladesh," and "And He Slayed Her," but by and large delivered a rather stoical performance.

The raw emotion and wrath behind her elocution in maiden release Exile in Guyville - and subsequent Whip-Smart for that matter - accounts for the attendance, not the tributaries she took her talent down since.

Guyville was a moment in time, a powerfully poignant piece, but one nonetheless she'd eventually grow up from, it's just that no one would've predicted that her growing up would've lead to the mediocrity of Funstyle. Phair's base is rooted in her Matador releases, and hasn't been able to captivate many with her material since, and frankly I question whether she's truly captivated by it herself. It's time we say "Liz-sez Phaire, morbleu! Liz-sez Phaire!!

Related articles:

Liz Phair - Concert review - Milwaukee, WI - October 2005
Liz Phair - Concert review - Milwaukee, WI - November 2003
Liz Phair - (SxSW Music Festival) Festival review - Milwaukee, WI - March 2003
Liz Phair - whitechocolatespaceegg - Album review

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