With her twentieth studio album, BINARY, the iconic singer/songwriter/activist/poet/DIY trendsetter Ani DiFranco returns to territory that brought her to the world’s attention more than twenty-five years ago. One of the first artists to create her own label (Righteous Babe Records) in 1990, she has been recognized among the feminist pantheon for her entrepreneurship, social activism, and outspoken political lyrics. At a time of global chaos and confusion, DiFranco is kicking ass and taking names, with a set of songs offering a wide range of perspective and musical scope.
New album out now on Righteous Babe Records: bit.ly/BinaryRBR
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Gracie and Rachel
Gracie and Rachel are a study in duality: light and dark, classical training with a pop sensibility, Californians in New York. Their music pits anxiety and tension against an almost serene self-assurance. The result is a compelling juxtaposition of Gracie’s piano and lead vocals and Rachel’s violin and voice, augmented with stark percussion. The nine orchestral-pop songs on the duo’s self-titled debut record tell a story that’s rooted in the truth — their truth — but retain an enigmatic air that makes them relatable to anyone who has ever found their heart racing with doubt and pushed forward regardless. Listen here: lnk.to/gracieandrachel
“There’s a terrific tension in the sound, an underpinning of mystery set against a baroque, but modern, pop foreground.” —Bob Boilen/NPR Music