lifeblood: listlogs: 2004v07n050-news


ig-news-digest        wednesday, march 24 2004        volume 07 : number 050

today's subjects:
-----------------
  [ig-news] review of 3/18/2004 concert in kalamazoo gazette  [<vicki.stein@]
  [ig-news] atwli available in australia!  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis]
  [ig-news] ig in girlfriends                     [ritesofpassage9@webtv.net]

----------------------------------------------------------------------

date: tue, 23 mar 2004 11:23:17 -0500
from: <vicki.stein@smoe.org>
subject: [ig-news] review of 3/18/2004 concert in kalamazoo gazette

[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo
girls mailing list at netspace.org.]

  found this review in the kamazaoo gazette.  unfortunately, i was
unable to get tickets (although i tried daily in vain).  the concert
was sold out for weeks. the review is very positive, a little "light"
in the depth department, though.  wish i could have been there.


indigo girls soothe, stir sell-out crowd at state theatre

friday, march 19, 2004

by mark wedel
special to the gazette

the indigo girls are introspective, a little bit soothing, a little
bit stirring. maybe a bit subversive.

amy ray and emily saliers have been at it since the mid-'80s, for a
long enough time that they've developed their own library of diverse
sounds and themes.

"how long 'til my soul gets it right?" they asked the adoring crowd
at the sold-out state theatre thursday night.

this was "galileo," one of many of the girls' songs that stands as
the epitome of their style -- introspective lyrics on the quest for
inner peace, sung in harmony, driven by stirring strums on acoustic
strings.

how long? well, they can keep trying forever as far as their fans are
concerned. thursday night ray and saliers, backed by clare kenny
(bass), carol isaacs (keyboards) and brady blade (drums), brought out
a few of the styles they've tried and succeeded at over a lengthy
career. the key to their longevity is the ability to cover new ground
while still staying the indigo girls.

"galileo," "kid fears" and "closer to fine" are still the crowd
favorites, with the latter causing all in the audience to stand and
sing at the top of their glorious lungs.

but concert opener "tether," from the new "all that we let in"
(sony), was pure, loud southern rock with a muscular sound,
delivering anti-war lyrics: "do we tether the hawk, or do we tether
the dove?" "heartache for everyone" was upbeat ska sounding as if
inspired by late-'70s british new wave, led by ray singing and
thrashing at an electric guitar, which caused a large clot of fans to
go into delirious dancing at the edge of the stage.

for the last song before the encore, "go," from 1999's "come on now
social," they were sounding a bit like neil young and crazy horse,
with ferocious feedbacking from the guitars, again led by ray; if you
forget who is who, remember, saliers is a little bit folky, ray is a
little bit rock 'n' roll.

for those just familiar with the girls' early hits, the sweet
harmonic folk-pop that you might expect was also there in newer
songs, but the wistfulness now is more likely to have been replaced
with a little bite. saliers' gentle folk voice drew cheers from the
crowd with the title track of "all that we let in," a folk-pop song
that could sound just right on adult contemporary radio, with lyrics
like, "one day those toughies will be withered up and bent/the
father, son, the holy warriors and the president." well, that's not
getting on any clear channel station.

the crowd cheered at the political themes that seemed to stick out,
maybe because of the anniversary of the start of the iraq war, but
saliers and ray didn't do any between-song preaching. but it was love
- -- with maybe a bit of the recent politics surrounding even that
subject -- that moved the crowd the most. cheers greeted "power of
two," from 1994's "swamp ophelia." halfway into the song, the duo
stopped singing and let the audience take over, filling the theater
with mostly female voices singing of "adding up the total of a love
that's true/multiply life by the power of two.."

opener shawn mullins showed that he was still a vibrant act, even if
he's not getting on the radio these days. mullins managed to get a
hit in 1998 with "lullaby," from his "soul's core" album.

his solo singer/songwriter-with-guitar style is a bit like bruce
cockburn or steve earl, mainly due to mullins' substantial voice and
story-telling lyrics. but unlike those two, mullins delves into
themes that tend more toward the light with very little darkness.
"everything's gonna be all right," is the optimistic refrain of
"lullaby." he may have inadvertently set up this comparison when he
also sang earl's "copperhead road," which tells of a vietnam vet
having flashbacks as dea choppers fly over his pot patch.

- -----------------------------------------------------------------
this has been a message from the ig-news list.
please send feedback, questions etc to owner-ig-news@smoe.org.
submissions are welcome - please send these to ig-news@smoe.org.
to unsubscribe send the appropriate command to majordomo@smoe.org:
bounce subscribers:   unsubscribe ig-news
digest subscribers:   unsubscribe ig-news-digest

------------------------------

date: wed, 24 mar 2004 11:48:17 +1100
from: sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis.com>
subject: [ig-news] atwli available in australia!

hey everyone,

imagine my surprise last week when i found a locally pressed version
of "all that we let in" in a major record store.  given that "become
you" was never released here, i'd kind of figured that sony australia
had pretty much forgotten about the girls.

anyway, it appears to be the edition with the bonus cd (dairy queen,
fill it up again, come on home, perfect world, galileo + kid fears).
all aussies should get out there and buy it, and show sony that the
girls still have a fanbase over here.  and maybe one day they'll tour
here again...

cheers,
sherlyn
- --
sherlyn koo - sherlyn@pixelopolis.com - sydney, australia

- -----------------------------------------------------------------
this has been a message from the ig-news list.
please send feedback, questions etc to owner-ig-news@smoe.org.
submissions are welcome - please send these to ig-news@smoe.org.
to unsubscribe send the appropriate command to majordomo@smoe.org:
bounce subscribers:   unsubscribe ig-news
digest subscribers:   unsubscribe ig-news-digest

------------------------------

date: tue 23-mar-2004 9:35pm
from: ritesofpassage9@webtv.net
subject: [ig-news] ig in girlfriends

[sherlyn's note: this message was originally sent to the indigo girls
mailing list at netspace.org.]

ig are in april issue....and amy has a new girlfriend, and they live
together...i'll say no more.

barb

- -----------------------------------------------------------------
this has been a message from the ig-news list.
please send feedback, questions etc to owner-ig-news@smoe.org.
submissions are welcome - please send these to ig-news@smoe.org.
to unsubscribe send the appropriate command to majordomo@smoe.org:
bounce subscribers:   unsubscribe ig-news
digest subscribers:   unsubscribe ig-news-digest

------------------------------

end of ig-news-digest v7 #50
****************************


home | appearances | articles | bootlegs | discography | fanzine | faq | fun | listlogs | official | socs | songs | videos | youtube