With suave instrumental tones and a debonair look, Los Angeles outfit Chicano Batman closed out night one of NonCOMM 2017 with a breezy-yet-energized performance of songs from their 2017 LP Freedom Is Free and a couple selections from their back-catalogue. Continue reading →
You would think the highlight of a Blondie set would be the flawless performances of classic hits like “One Way or Another,” “Call Me,” “Heart of Glass,” “Dreaming,” and the rap-filled “Rapture,” all of which we heard during tonight’s NonCOMM set and all of which were real treats. But to be honest, the band’s new album Pollinator, released May 5th, is so good that it’s those songs, bridging disco, pop and darker rock, that had the crowd in the palm of Blondie’s hand.
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 →
Brent Cobb and his crew walked onto stage in the most unassuming manner. Dressed in denim and adorned with glorious beards for days, they each meandered to their spots as Cobb joked in his thick Georgian drawl, “yeah, we’re real pro here.” Continue reading →