Rock/Pop, Country/Americana

Ani DiFranco

When: Tue., April 13, 8 p.m. 2010

Musicians, if they are very lucky (and usually, if not always, very talented), occasionally get their moment in the spotlight. And only for a select few does the spotlight linger for long. Singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco’s big moment is more than a decade old now, but it was a doozy: A more awkward, more populist answer to Liz Phair’s breakthrough, DiFranco became an unlikely DIY sensation and true subterranean star back in the mid-to-late ’90s, when independent, culturally left-of-center women could infiltrate the pop marketplace without pushing their sexuality. Like most outside her largely female demographic, I was resistant to DiFranco at first, her expressive and (I thought, wrongly) overemotional song-poetry not for me. But then I was won over by the righteous political-as-personal 1998 meditation “Fuel” and won over more than I ever expected to be by a first-time concert experience shortly thereafter. Like everyone outside a cult unlikely to ever swell again, I’ve lost track of DiFranco’s records over the past decade, but her 2008 concert doc Live at Babeville attests to a still vibrant, still playful, still more satisfyingly musical than expected artist preaching to a long-converted audience that richly deserves the likes of her. Ani DiFranco plays the New Daisy Theatre Tuesday, April 13th. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $31. — Chris Herrington

Chris Herrington

Price: $31

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