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ig-news-digest       thursday, october 26 2006       volume 09 : number 077

today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] orpheum show review       [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis.com>]
  [ig-news] st louis post-dispatch article  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopoli]
  [ig-news] fwd: indigo girls: new note from amy!  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pix]

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date: thu, 26 oct 2006 06:49:14 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis.com>
subject: [ig-news] orpheum show review

hi folks,

here's a review of the orpheum show from the brandeis university paper's site.
you can read it online at:
http://www.thejusticeonline.com/media/storage/paper573/news/2006/10/24/music/ind
igo.fans.are.anything.but.blue-2384299.shtml?norewrite200610250837&sourcedomain=
www.thejusticeonline.com

cheers,
sherlyn

- ---begin forwarded article---
indigo fans are anything but blue
hannah kaplan
posted: 10/24/06

the indigo girls played a captivating show to an almost sold-out crowd at the
orpheum theater last tuesday as part of a full-band tour promoting their new
album despite our differences. the folksy duo, which is made up of  
emily sailers
and amy ray, last toured in 2004 acoustically and without any additional
musicians, making their current sets a return to the group's signature rock
feel.

the audience, composed mostly of the group's devoted long-time fans,  
was full of
life. everyone seemed to know when to cheer and sing along with as much lung
power as possible, as well as when to sit quietly and appreciate the  
softer and
more introspective songs, such as ray's solo rendition of the emotionally
charged "dirt and dead ends," a melancholy and soulful tune about a friend's
descent into drug use.

after 20 years of performing, the girls know their fans well, and  
offered plenty
of opportunities for them to ecstatically sing the choruses of their more
popular songs. during "least complicated," sailers and ray stepped away from
their microphones and let the crowd belt out the catchy "na na"s at the end of
the song.

the set list balanced plenty of songs from their new album with a solid mix of
classic songs that nicely represented the indigo girls' extensive discography.
the band started out with three new songs, including the upbeat and punky
"little perennials," which has been a staple lately on alternative radio
stations.

the crowd enjoyed the new tunes, but its energy picked up visibly when  
the girls
played fan favorites like the lively and melodic "get out the map,"  
the sweetly
romantic "power of two" and "closer to fine," one of the their  
best-known songs.
they even added some songs that are rarely heard in concert, such as their
venture into more traditional folk music, "ozilline."

a high point of the night proved to be one of the group's best  
straight-up rock
songs, "shame on you." when the song's memorable opening chords rang out, the
entire crowd, which had stayed seated for the most part until that  
point, got to
its feet, dancing and cheering.

the show ended with a three-song encore, finishing with what is arguably the
indigo girls' most popular song, "galileo."

opening for the indigo girls was roman candle, whose pop-infused rock was
unexpected but exceptional. the band's engaging stage presence, which included
choreographed jumps and much impromptu dancing, was as enjoyable as  
its dynamic,
guitar-driven rock 'n' roll. a favorite song of the band's 45-minute set was
"why modern radio is a-ok," an ironic criticism of "high school emo bands"
framed by a solid rock-anthem feel.
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date: thu, 26 oct 2006 14:06:55 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis.com>
subject: [ig-news] st louis post-dispatch article

hi folks,

here's an article & amy interview from the st louis post-dispatch.
you can read it online at:
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/entertainment/stories.nsf/music/story/b00557620beb3a2086257211007e62fc?opendocument

cheers,
sherlyn

- ---begin forwarded article---
indigo girls show no signs of fading after 20 years
by daniel durchholz
special to the post-dispatch
thursday, oct. 26 2006

somewhere in the last year or two, the indigo girls marked their 20th
anniversary as a recording duo. but singer-songwriters emily saliers and amy
ray barely took notice of the date, much less time off to celebrate.

"we didn't even think about it," ray said in a recent phone interview. "we
reflect on our lives and careers every day; we always have. and truth be told,
we've been playing together since high school, so it's a lot longer,
really. it
just feels like we're lucky to keep doing this and make a living at
it. we just
take it a day at a time, and keep looking forward rather than counting
anniversaries and resting on our laurels."

then, too, the indigos were in a state of transition, having parted ways with
their longtime label epic, and moving to hollywood records. for their new
album, "despite our differences," they worked for the first time with producer
mitchell froom and invited guests onto their album, including up-and-comer
brandi carlisle and dance pop vixen pink.

ray spoke about the new album and the band's penchant for taking political
stances, even in a time when that has proven to be an unpopular  and even
dangerous  choice for artists.

q: you and emily seem very different as songwriters, as performers, as people.
how does that affect the dynamic of the indigo girls?

a: it makes it richer. i think if an indigo girls record was all emily or all
me, it wouldn't be the same thing at all.

q: you're often portrayed as the dark, brooding one.

a: emily is more brooding than i am. but she's more of a populist and
can write
that one line that everybody sings every time it comes up in the song. she's
just got the touch for that. i'm more of a storyteller. emily just has
this way
of tapping into people. i'm like, "you need to run for political office."

q: speaking of politics, the new album kicks off with a very political song
("pendulum swinger"), but backs off quite a bit after that. was it your
intention to not lean too heavily on message songs?

a: we didn't really think about it. we just write and whatever we come
up with,
we look at all the songs together and decide what works. actually, we don't
write a lot of overtly political songs. my songs, like "dirt and dead ends,"
for example, are more about classicism and development in rural areas where
people are demoralized because they're being made obsolete. "they won't have
me" is the same way. i like to have the politics come out through a story. but
emily, in "pendulum swinger" just felt like this is what she wanted to say and
she said it. she didn't have to write three other songs about the same thing.

q: do you think, as the song says, that the political pendulum is swinging?

a: hopefully it's swinging our way again. we like the idea of that happening.
i'm feeling pretty good about the midterm elections, so we'll see what
happens.
i live in a conservative area, and i respect people's differences. i like the
old ways of politics where people felt differently from each other, but they
were civil about it most of the time.

q: has it been difficult for you to be outspoken, in the era of
artists getting
"dixie chicked?"

a: we've been outspoken, and we've done a lot of activist work, from the very
beginning. so it's not a surprise to our audience that we're political, so i
don't think they'll abandon us because of that. the touchiest issue we've ever
dealt with has really been pro-choice issues. in our audience, there's a real
mixture of opinions about that, and we've definitely gotten mail if people
disagree with us. but that's cool. it's fine with me when people disagree.

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date: thu, 26 oct 2006 14:07:44 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis.com>
subject: [ig-news] fwd: indigo girls: new note from amy!

hi folks,

here's the latest mailer...

sherlyn


- ----- forwarded message from news@indigogirls.com -----
date: wed, 25 oct 2006 23:06:55 -0400
from: indigo girls <news@indigogirls.com>
subject: indigo girls: new note from amy!

hey everyone -

well, we've been out with the band for 3 weeks now.  the music feels
great.  it's jelling and we're starting to learn more songs and mix up the
set a bit.  thanks for being such a great crowd out there.  we feel the love!

to read more, go here:  http://www.indigogirls.com/correspondence_2006.html


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