NonCOMM Recap: Blondie reinvent cool pop again with Pollinator

Blondie | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN |

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.

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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="" target="_blank"></a>
Ani DiFranco | photo by Rachel Del Sordo |


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 →