Ani DiFranco has been at it for a while. Thirty years, as she reminded the public radio-centric audience at the 17th annual NonCOMMvention tonight, and launching into her set, she gave them an Abbie Hoffman quote to think about: “Don’t hate the media, become the media.”
After a stirring performance of “Swan Dive” from her 1998 record Little Plastic Castle, DiFranco turned the set’s focus to the new Binary, her twentieth album, set for a June 9th release on her Righteous Babe Records. She played solo acoustic, magnetic and mesmerizing, and hit the crowd with powerful messages about reproductive choice and gender equality.
Commenting on the current political climate, DiFranco said “I think we can refer from the resistance the nature of what’s being resisted. It’s time for all of us — men and women, feminists and not — to look at the patriarchy, and address it.” This led into the powerful “Play God” from Binary, before she concluded her set masterfully with the title track and it’s poetic refrain: “Where are my sisters, where are my brothers / where is my family who takes care of each other.”
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