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Ani DiFranco will release a memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream, in 2019

Ani DiFranco | photo by GMD Three | courtesy of the artist
Ani DiFranco | photo by GMD Three | courtesy of the artist

Ani DiFranco is best known for her genre-crossing music, her record label Righteous Babe, and her activism. She has released twenty studio albums, the most recent Binary finds her returning to her political roots, tackling issues of gender and women’s rights.

The singer/songwriter is releasing a memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream, out via Viking Books on May 7, 2019. The memoir looks at the challenging formative experiences that marked DiFranco’s coming of age, and discusses the way her life has been shaped by music, feminism, political activism and philanthropy. Continue reading →

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Ani DiFranco shows she can turn any setting into an activist platform at her NPR Music Tiny Desk performance

Ani DiFranco at NPR’ Music’s Tiny Desk | still from video via NPR Music

Ani DiFranco can now add ‘performing in front of the famed knick-knack-covered shelves at NPR offices’ to her thirty-years-long list of musical accomplishments, as the similarly famed singer-songwriter recently made her Tiny Desk concert debut.

It’s no secret that DiFranco values and utilizes the political platform that being an artist has offered her, as she is known for being a strong voice in progressive human rights activism. And being how times are right now, she’s got a lot of things to say — which is exactly what she does on her latest album, Binary.  Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ani DiFranco at the Keswick Theatre, Manchester Orchestra at The Fillmore, The Bad Plus at Ardmore Music Hall

Ani DiFranco | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ani DiFranco makes a stop at the Keswick Theatre tonight following the release of her recent 20th studio album, Binary. After spending much of 2016 encouraging audiences to vote on her “Vote Dammit!” tour, DiFranco continues her political message with Binary — “As an artist, I like to be out in the world, and what initially compelled me was to try to push society to a better place,” DiFranco says of the album. Spoken word artist and poet Andrea Gibson will also perform. Watch DiFranco’s video for “Binary” below, and find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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NonCOMM Recap: Ani DiFranco hits the crowd with powerful messages from the new Binary

Ani Di Franco | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | <a href="http://racheldelsordophotography.com" target="_blank">racheldelsordophotography.com</a>
Ani DiFranco | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

 

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.  Continue reading →

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New Music Show Preview w/ Ani DiFranco, Slowdive & more!

Ani DiFranco | photo by Charles Waldorf

It’s almost that time of year where you can crank up your radio AND roll down your windows.  In fact, tonight would be a good night to give it a try because we’ve got some exciting new albums to play for you.  Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach sounds rather cheery on his new one “Shine On Me”.  We’ll spin it for you.  Also on the menu, a preview of the new Father John Misty album that comes out later this week.  We’ll hear from Rave-Ups frontman Jimmer Podrasky who has a new solo album, the return of the Canadian super-group Broken Social Scene, and a few more …

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ani DiFranco at World Cafe Live at the Queen, Creepoid at The Fillmore, Dave Matthews Band at BB&T Pavilion and more…

Ani DeFranco | photo by Charles Waldorf
Ani DeFranco | photo by Charles Waldorf

She’s done it all over the course of here career, and now Ani DiFranco brings her massive catalog (over 20 albums) to World Cafe Live in Wilmington. Rooted in folk, DiFranco has gone from jazz to funk to spoken word to even some electronic stuff over the decades. Her most recent release is 2014’s Allergic to Water. The XPN Concert Calendar has you covered with tickets and more info on the show, at which Chasity Brown will play in support. We have you covered with a little Ani DiFranco sampling — listen to “Woe Be Gone” below. Continue reading →

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Watch Tin Bird Choir cover Ani DiFranco at Burlap and Bean

Tin Bird Choir | via bandcamp

Philly folkies Tin Bird Choir have been making waves in the area for a while now, and are known for their long list of delicate cover songs. They have taken on everyone from The Rolling Stones to Christmas classics such as “We Three Kings”, and their latest video showcases a performance of Ani DiFranco‘s “Hour Follows Hour.”

The song, which was performed by the band at Burlap and Bean back in March, was originally on DiFranco’s 1995 album “Not A Pretty Girl.” TBC’s cover comes as a duet between vocalist and guitarist husband-wife duo Heather and Eric Hurlock, and features Heather’s honest and melodic vocals. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: John Zorn’s Simulacrum at Johnny Brenda’s, Ani DiFranco at Scottish Rite Auditorium, Promised Land Sound at Kung Fu Necktie

John Zorn | photo by Chad Batka
John Zorn | photo by Chad Batka

How often do you hear this description of a musical act: “the prog-metal organ trio of Downtown alchemists”? Not very often, presumably. Tonight, noteworthy composer John Zorn brings his extreme organ trio, Simulacrum, to Johnny Brenda’s. The trio of John Medeski (Medeski, Martin & Wood), Matt Hollenberg (Cleric) and Kenny Grohowski (Abraxas) will bring riffs, solos, and improvisations to the stage tonight. Get show info and concert tickets at the XPN Concert Calendar and listen to the trio’s “Marmarath” below. Continue reading →