Keeping with the early 90s indie flashback that seems to be cresting right now, caught Liz Phair last night at the Croc. Always loved those first few records but had never seen her live. Was hesitant cause of stage fright rep she had. But after seeing the live stream of her perform at Matador21, where she was on her game and playing old tunes with panache, figured it was worth a go. Was great. Played mostly old stuff from those first two records. Seemed to really enjoy playing all those cuts, they weren’t tired and she wasn't tired of them. Sounded fresh with tight backing band, solid, lead guitarist rendering nice treatments, Fenders everywhere. Yeah, those are some great songs. They hold their own 15 years later. Phair talkin about Nash (from UO) and The Rainbow Room in Chicago. She was relaxed, joking around, enjoying herself. Crowd into it it, super appreciative, singing along. She also played ‘Polyester Bride’ and ‘Perfect World’ from Whitechocoloatespaceegg. And some other ‘pop’ as she called it from more recent records. Came out and did a bunch of encores, including ‘Soap Star Joe’ and the ever so dirty ‘Flower’ inviting girl from the audience up on stage to sing along with her.
She’s got a new record coming out soon. Single from the record can be downloaded free below -- and it's a good cut:
People Eating People opened. Two keyboards, no guitars, bass and drums. Some inventive percussion by left handed dummer. This video is pretty sweet in every sense: