Alt-rock icon packs the Bluebird like it's 1993
Liz Phair attracted a house full of Denver indie fans to the Bluebird Theater Tuesday night, nearly 20 years after her album "Exile in Guyville" redefined the role of the female singer-songwriter.
Phair's music has always challenged the notion that empowered women should be shy about sexuality. So it seemed appropriate that, faced with mounting technical difficulties early in the set, the now-43-year-old mother invited two audience members on stage to help her sing "Flower," a song whose X-rated lyrics should be googled to be properly appreciated. Otherwise, Phair played most of the timeless "Guyville," and drew huge crowd support for lesser-known cuts such as "Polyester Bride." "And He Slayed Her," which is apparently a gleeful ditty about the death of one of Phair's former label bosses, went over especially well.
Speaking of slaying, Denver post-punks Le Divorce absolutely killed during their opening set. The quartet perfectly spun gentle vocals and punk aggression together with strains of modern indie, all without taking themselves too seriously. And yeah, we'll say it: Singer Kitty Vincent has "rock star" written all over her. — Matt Farley, Metromix