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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun pop music critic | November 8, 2007
Much has been written about Ani DiFranco's uncompromising artistry and sharp business acumen. At 18, when most people her age were moving into college dorms, the urban-folk artist started Righteous Babe Records, her own label. Since then, the Buffalo, N.Y., native has released 17 albums with combined sales of more than 4.5 million. Her company, started with just $50, has become one of rock music's most successful indie labels. In the 17 years since the release of her self-titled debut, DiFranco has graced the covers of numerous magazines: Spin, Ms., Relix.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2011
Take out your slutty nurse and Pocahontas outfits ladies and gents, Halloween is upon us yet again. I'm sorry for making that line kind of rhyme, but it's hard not to harmonize about the best holiday of the year. Later this week, we'll be putting up a round-up of Halloween parties around Baltimore. If you're throwing something, let me know and soon. Elsewhere this week: shows by Odd Future, Jacuzzi Boys, Ani DiFranco, and Sting. On Monday , Odd Future gets more press, they probably have more Tumblr followers, and generally make a much louder ruckus than Jacuzzi Boys , but the fresh from CMJ Miami trio will be the more lighthearted show.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | June 21, 1998
Who has more girl power, the Spice Girls or Ani DiFranco? Musically, the two could not be further apart. DiFranco is folkie and punky; the Spice Girls are pop stars and funky. DiFranco has a heritage that includes populist Woody Guthrie and feminist Ferron; the Spice Girls belong to a tradition of pop stars like Bananarama and Take That!. DiFranco's stage show is low-key and homey, relying on nothing more elaborate than amps and lights; the Spice Girls are touring with a stage that's bigger and more elaborate than many amusement parks.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun pop music critic | November 8, 2007
Much has been written about Ani DiFranco's uncompromising artistry and sharp business acumen. At 18, when most people her age were moving into college dorms, the urban-folk artist started Righteous Babe Records, her own label. Since then, the Buffalo, N.Y., native has released 17 albums with combined sales of more than 4.5 million. Her company, started with just $50, has become one of rock music's most successful indie labels. In the 17 years since the release of her self-titled debut, DiFranco has graced the covers of numerous magazines: Spin, Ms., Relix.
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By J.D. Considine | February 27, 1997
Folk music used to be a tightly defined genre, with little room for stylistic or instrumental innovation. But it's opened up quite a lot in recent years, and we should be glad - because that leaves plenty of room for singers like Ani DiFranco.At 26, DiFranco has become a major force in folk music without ever playing by the rules. Her last solo album, "Dilate," owed as much to funky-fresh drum beats as to the earnest strum of her acoustic guitar, while her collaboration with Utah Phillips, "The Past Didn't Go Anywhere," manages to make modern studio techniques seem as much a part of folk music as Phillips' old-timey material.
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By Rashod D. Ollison | August 7, 2003
Aerosmith and KISS / Nissan Pavilion Although they have been raising hell for 30 years, the guys of Aerosmith and KISS are still firin' it up with their distinct blend of theatrical rock. The supergroups play Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Va., Saturday night at 7. Tickets are $48.50-$128.50 and are available through Ticketmaster. (Call 410-481-SEAT or visit www.ticketmaster.com.) Temptations and others / Pier 6 With soul to spare and Vise-Grip-tight harmonies, the Temptations, the O'Jays, the Four Tops and the Whispers still give romance and funk with style and grace.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2011
Take out your slutty nurse and Pocahontas outfits ladies and gents, Halloween is upon us yet again. I'm sorry for making that line kind of rhyme, but it's hard not to harmonize about the best holiday of the year. Later this week, we'll be putting up a round-up of Halloween parties around Baltimore. If you're throwing something, let me know and soon. Elsewhere this week: shows by Odd Future, Jacuzzi Boys, Ani DiFranco, and Sting. On Monday , Odd Future gets more press, they probably have more Tumblr followers, and generally make a much louder ruckus than Jacuzzi Boys , but the fresh from CMJ Miami trio will be the more lighthearted show.
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By J.D. CONSIDINE and J.D. CONSIDINE,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | June 10, 1999
Ani DiFranco has a tour coming up and is a little busy at the moment. But where other musicians would be rushing to rehearsal or obsessing over the itinerary, DiFranco is trying to squeeze in studio time to do some recording before she leaves."
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By J.D. Considine POP/ROCK Various artists | February 19, 1998
Ani DiFrancoLittle Plastic Castle (Righteous Babe 012)There's nothing unusual about folk singers singing aboutthemselves. Bob Dylan does and has since the '60s. Woody Guthrie did, even before that. And the same goes for who knows how many generations of folk singers before Guthrie. Singing about oneself -- even if that "self" is really just a story-telling device -- is one of folk music's more hallowed traditions.Still, there's something a little odd about hearing a folk singer singing about being a media phenomenon, as Ani DiFranco does in the title tune from her new album, "Little Plastic Castle."
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By Joan Anderman and Joan Anderman,BOSTON GLOBE | April 9, 2001
In an era when alternative has become mainstream and indie says more about style than substance, Ani Di- Franco is a true maverick. An innovative musician, political firebrand and maniacal road warrior, she's become one of the most inspirational cult heroes of the past decade, in large part by systematically and successfully resisting the Goliath of corporate rock. DiFranco has slammed the door in the face of every major label that's come courting - and that includes most of them. Instead, the 30-year-old songwriter/guitarist/vocalist has defied the odds and amassed a global following with a dozen albums in as many years released on her own Righteous Babe Records, based in her hometown of Buffalo.
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By Rashod D. Ollison | August 7, 2003
Aerosmith and KISS / Nissan Pavilion Although they have been raising hell for 30 years, the guys of Aerosmith and KISS are still firin' it up with their distinct blend of theatrical rock. The supergroups play Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Va., Saturday night at 7. Tickets are $48.50-$128.50 and are available through Ticketmaster. (Call 410-481-SEAT or visit www.ticketmaster.com.) Temptations and others / Pier 6 With soul to spare and Vise-Grip-tight harmonies, the Temptations, the O'Jays, the Four Tops and the Whispers still give romance and funk with style and grace.
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By Joan Anderman and Joan Anderman,BOSTON GLOBE | April 9, 2001
In an era when alternative has become mainstream and indie says more about style than substance, Ani Di- Franco is a true maverick. An innovative musician, political firebrand and maniacal road warrior, she's become one of the most inspirational cult heroes of the past decade, in large part by systematically and successfully resisting the Goliath of corporate rock. DiFranco has slammed the door in the face of every major label that's come courting - and that includes most of them. Instead, the 30-year-old songwriter/guitarist/vocalist has defied the odds and amassed a global following with a dozen albums in as many years released on her own Righteous Babe Records, based in her hometown of Buffalo.
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By J.D. CONSIDINE and J.D. CONSIDINE,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | June 10, 1999
Ani DiFranco has a tour coming up and is a little busy at the moment. But where other musicians would be rushing to rehearsal or obsessing over the itinerary, DiFranco is trying to squeeze in studio time to do some recording before she leaves."
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | June 21, 1998
Who has more girl power, the Spice Girls or Ani DiFranco? Musically, the two could not be further apart. DiFranco is folkie and punky; the Spice Girls are pop stars and funky. DiFranco has a heritage that includes populist Woody Guthrie and feminist Ferron; the Spice Girls belong to a tradition of pop stars like Bananarama and Take That!. DiFranco's stage show is low-key and homey, relying on nothing more elaborate than amps and lights; the Spice Girls are touring with a stage that's bigger and more elaborate than many amusement parks.
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By J.D. Considine POP/ROCK Various artists | February 19, 1998
Ani DiFrancoLittle Plastic Castle (Righteous Babe 012)There's nothing unusual about folk singers singing aboutthemselves. Bob Dylan does and has since the '60s. Woody Guthrie did, even before that. And the same goes for who knows how many generations of folk singers before Guthrie. Singing about oneself -- even if that "self" is really just a story-telling device -- is one of folk music's more hallowed traditions.Still, there's something a little odd about hearing a folk singer singing about being a media phenomenon, as Ani DiFranco does in the title tune from her new album, "Little Plastic Castle."
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By J.D. Considine | February 27, 1997
Folk music used to be a tightly defined genre, with little room for stylistic or instrumental innovation. But it's opened up quite a lot in recent years, and we should be glad - because that leaves plenty of room for singers like Ani DiFranco.At 26, DiFranco has become a major force in folk music without ever playing by the rules. Her last solo album, "Dilate," owed as much to funky-fresh drum beats as to the earnest strum of her acoustic guitar, while her collaboration with Utah Phillips, "The Past Didn't Go Anywhere," manages to make modern studio techniques seem as much a part of folk music as Phillips' old-timey material.
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February 5, 2009
Just announced Fall Out Boy Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia on April 25. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. Flight of the Conchords DAR Constitution Hall in Washington on April 13. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. Ani DiFranco The 9:30 Club in Washington on March 6. 800-955-5566 or tickets.com. Still available Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Verizon Center in Washington on May 18. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. Coheed and Cambria 1st Mariner Arena on Feb. 13. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.
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