Some days you decide to go ahead and say "yes" to every adventure that presents itself to you, and those are the days you end up applying lipgloss to cover up your wine lips in the bathroom of an Ani DiFranco concert. That's what happend when I accompanied a friend to the Showbox night before last to see her buddy Seth Glier, who was the opening act. But when we stayed for the set afterward, my friend blew my mind with her vast biographical knowledge of Ani. "This song is about one of the two abortions she had," my friend explained matter-of-factly as she sipped on her plastic cup of $7 red wine.
I never got exposed to Ani DiFranco during my young college feminist stage... her music doesn't seem horrible or anything, it's just as a teen I avoided the singer/songwriter genre in favor of grrl punks. Upon asking around, it appears many of my legit rock friends secretly have a firm DiFranco staple from their youth that I didn't know about. "I had all her records in high school," my other friend Laura explained. "Getting into her music really made me devolve into some Jack Johnson/String Cheese hippie bullshit for awhile, though." Ani DiFranco fans were not as hippie-d out as I thought they would be (Although I did see one peace sign back tattoo was surrounded by yin-yangs.), and everyone seemed so sincere and stoked to be there. I am being told that To the Teeth is actually a really great album that's worth investigating. What do you think?
Does Ani Difranco have legitimately good music worth investigating?