The Time is Right for a Night with Ani DiFranco

If there was one artist that is a post-election must-see, it has to be Ani DiFranco.

Just check out this interview she did with WNYC in New York titled ‘Ani DiFranco on Political Songwriting and Using Music for Social Change.’

And that was before she woke up on Nov. 9 to find out who the new president was. Live on stage, along with great music she is sure to deliver some great words and inspirational ideas.

Not familiar with Ani’s music (shame on you!), click HERE and watch the video for her new single, Play God.

Ad her explanation of the song on her website is worth reading, too:

In the words of Ani :“Play God” is a song that recognizes reproductive freedom as a civil rights issue. As a society, it is time to acknowledge that unless a woman is in control of her own reproduction, she is not free, and it is the responsibility of our American government to protect and ensure the freedom of all American citizens. It is time we get serious about addressing and achieving this great unfinished business of civil rights in America. The true emancipation and equality of women is dependent on it."

Ani DiFranco plays the Berklee Performance Center on Nov. 14

 

What's in a Name? Broccoli Samurai

In the mood for a little ‘synth-laden, drum and bass influenced, progressive electronica’ this weekend. Then head over to Wonder Bar Sunday night and catch what could be the all-time champion of weird band names, Broccoli Samurai.

The description of their music comes from their website, as does a description of their ‘massive and fiercely loyal fan base. “Eager fans pack dance floors and late-night festival sets with smiles across their faces, waiting to get lost in the band's ambient soundscapes, anticipating every bass drop that will force them to move with reckless abandon.”

Now that recreational marijuana is legal in Mass., this could be the best show you ever saw.

But what does Broccoli Samurai sound like, you ask? Click HERE and groove on them playing a song called White Ranger.

Then see them live at Wonder Bar on Sunday. If you don't like the band, at least get a t-shirt.

Passion and Warfare Revisited

As much as we like to write down our opinions, sometimes we just have to stop typing and hand the mic over to someone much more qualified.

This time, in honor of guitar legend Steve Vai coming to the Wilbur to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his landmark solo record, Passion and Warfare, we present a link to Steve Vai - Passion and Warfare Revisited

Now, go see him play it live. He’ll be at The Wilbur on Nov. 6.

Chubby's Got the Blues

This year, Popa Chubby, who was born Ted Horowitz, marks twenty five years of rocking the blues as Popa Chubby. Over the course of a career that dates back to 1994, he has been a force of to be reckoned with on the guitar, and his tempestuous, soulful playing has never been more powerful. An imposing figure with a shaven head, tattooed arms, a goatee and a performance style he describes as “the Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motörhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson," Popa Chubby is an endearing character who is one of the genre’s most popular figures.

His career has always been about moving forward and carving a place for himself in the imposing terrain of the music business, overcoming odds to continue growing and maturing as a creative force. He has built a constantly increasing base of fans across the world, where in many territories he is a star. A native New Yorker, Horowitz's first gigs were in the NYC punk scene as a guitarist for what he reflects was a "crazy Japanese special effects performance artist in a kimono called Screaming Mad George who had a horror-movie inspired show." Right from the start

he was immersed in rock ‘n’ roll as theater, and learned from George and others playing CBGB’s at the time that included the Ramones, the Cramps, Richard Hell, whose band, the Voidoids he joined that rock ‘n’ roll should be dangerous. He reflects, "Musicians like the Ramones and the Sex Pistols weren’t just bands. They were a threat to society."

The Blues however was the foundation of his playing style. He recalls, "Since I’d grown up on Hendrix, Cream and Led Zeppelin, when I started playing blues in New York clubs I understood that the blues should be dangerous, too. It wasn’t just from playing in punk bands. Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters were dangerous men. They’d cut or shoot you if they thought it was necessary, and Little Walter packed a gun and wouldn’t  hesitate to use it. That danger is a real part of the Blues and I keep it alive in my music.”

Popa Chubby is his own man for better or worse. He reflects, "I’m living in a wild time, and that is where the inspiration is drawn from within Universal Breakdown Blues. There are my issues, but the picture is much bigger than me and my situation. Everything is breaking down in the world. The lines are being redefined. We all need something.”

 

Popa Chubby plays Jewel in Manchester on 12/9.

 

Some People Call Him the Space Cowboy...Yeah

We interviewed Steve Miller a few years back as he prepared to bring his band to the Cape Cod Melody Tent for a show. Asked if he had any new music coming out, Miller said he’d “rather go to the dentist” than make new music. He was happy just touring around with friends in the summer, watching as the audience they played for got younger and younger over the years.

Of course, a year later he was back on the Cape touring with a new CD. Oh well, so it goes when you interview rock stars.

Anyway, whether it’s he decides to play some  new songs or just do a set of his greatest hits, the one thing you are guaranteed from a Steve Miller show is a good time.  He’s playing the Hampton Beach Ballroom on Nov. 5 and the Lynn Auditorium on Nov. 6.