What is the first thing that pops into the head of most hipsters when they hear the term “indie”? Ian MacKaye perhaps? Maybe Jim Jarmusch? Chances are, whatever image emerges, it is not Ani DiFranco. It probably should be. At the age of 18, the occasionally dreadlocked feminist icon started Righteous Babe Records with $50. Almost 20 years later, the label continues to release records, and DiFranco remains the imprint’s biggest name. But in being a symbol of fierce independence in the music industry, her status as an artist has, perhaps, been compromised. She is a unique performer, leaping and fusing folk, alt-rock, jazz and soul around deft wordplay and powerful lyrics. She is prolific, too, releasing 17 albums in as many years. But where she really shines is in a live setting. She tours relentlessly, and on April 4-5, she performs at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles.
Orpheum Theater, 842 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, (877) 677-4386