Folk music has gotten soft. At least, it’s gotten soft by Ani DiFranco’s standards. Back in the early ’90s, the Buffalo, N.Y.–bred singer-songwriter regularly served up her feelings on the raw—be they about reproductive rights, sexuality, or your untouchable effing face. DiFranco had her own label, her own guitar tunings, and she was not afraid to use the word fuck. What say you, Iron and Wine? To be fair, Ani couldn’t carry on that kind of intensity through the ’00s, either. “I’ve got myself a new mantra,” she sang on “Present Infant,” a song from her ’08 album Red Letter Year. “Don’t forget to have a good time.” —-Aaron Leitko
Read the full City Lights pick here; show details after the jump:
DIFRANCO PERFORMS WITH ERIN MCKEOWN AT 7 P.M. AT THE 9:30 CLUB, 815 V ST. NW. (202) 265-0930. $40.