Liz Phair

Liz Phair has taken quite the public beating over the past several years. The once beloved indie queen who created 1993’s genius Exile in Guyville was accused by critics and fans alike of being a sellout for releasing a saccharine sweet pop album in 2003. The same criticism came when she sold a song exclusively through Banana Republic, then again, when she began working as a composer for the CW reboot of 90210. But Phair claims their comments don’t bother her, and her new self-released album Funstyle reflects that. It showcases Phair rapping over bhangra beats, utilizing Enya-esque layered vocals, and slamming the recording industry. It’s ballsy and bizarre, as loveable as it is hateable. As Phair told SW last year during the making of it: “I’m very rebellious; I don’t want to work for other people. I guess with that attitude I’m gonna sink or swim.” Or, she might just tread. ERIKA HOBART

Tue., Oct. 12, 8 p.m., 2010

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