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ig-news-digest        sunday, february 3 2008        volume 10 : number 107


today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] richmond times-dispatch amyinterview  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixe]
  [ig-news] two more articles         [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis.com>]
  [ig-news] live at the roxy premiere - 8.30pm sun feb 3rd  [sherlyn koo <sh]
  [ig-news] herald-news article       [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis.com>]


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date: sun, 3 feb 2008 14:40:17 +1100
from: sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis.com>
subject: [ig-news] richmond times-dispatch amyinterview


hey folks,
this is from the richmond times-dispatch.  online at
http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/entertainment/music.apx.-content-articles-rtd-2008
- -01-31-0036.html...
cheers,
sherlyn
- ---begin forwarded article---
the mix sticks
20 years on, the indigo girls' musical fusion still thrives
wednesday, jan 30, 2008 - 08:45 pm
by melissa ruggieri
times-dispatch staff writer
a little more than 20 years ago, amy ray and emily saliers fused their disparate
sounds to form a harmonious blend that became the indigo girls.
ray crafted more aggressive rock songs, while saliers tended toward honeyed
melodies. put them together, and you have some of the most sublime and
insightful folk-pop creations in modern music -- "closer to fine," "kid fears,"
"galileo" "least complicated" and "power of two."
that the two managed to appeal to college kids and minivan drivers from the
beginning of their career speaks to the relatable nature of their songs.
even now, with the release of their last studio cd, 2006's "despite our
differences," ray and saliers are still reaching people with songs about
loneliness ("little perennials") and reconciliation ("i believe in love") and
also unleashing a gritty guitar side not as prominent on their earliest work
("rock and roll heaven's gate," featuring pink).
in the middle of a small tour that wraps next month -- stopping wednesday at the
byrd theatre ray called from a stop in fayetteville, ark., on tuesday to discuss
the duo's longevity, their friendship with pink and the album the indigo girls
will begin recording april 1.
q. this current album ("despite our differences") seems to be a lot looser than
some of your other recent ones. what do you attribute that to?
a. i think mostly the shortness of time we had to do it. four weeks of
recording, two of mixing. that's pretty quick for us. i always joke that we make
two separate albums and find a way for it all to work.
q. do you and emily spend a lot of time together when you aren't recording or
touring?
a. not really. we live in separate cities -- i live north of atlanta about 90
minutes, and she lives in atlanta. but we're friends. we have very different
lives and interests. we love each other still, but we really do have completely
different ways that we like to spend our lives.
q. you're both active in a lot of causes. are you publicly endorsing any
presidential candidate yet?
a. i don't know. i think i like all of the candidates -- the democrats -- for
different reasons, so i'm still listening. they're all strong in different ways,
which you can't say about the republicans, although i think john mccain is a
pretty dynamic man.
we typically don't get involved in elections. we work more on issues, going to
d.c. to lobby congresspeople and representatives for different environmental
things. but this election is undeniably crucial, so we might decide we can't be
quiet!
q. tell me about your new friendship with pink. you sang on one of her songs
("dear mr. president"), and now she's on one of yours.
a. her management got in touch with us to do "dear mr. president." it turned out
she was a really big fan and grew up listening to us, so that was cool and we
were really flattered. we really hit it off, so when it came time for our album
i gave her a call.
q. what's the plan once this tour wraps?
a. i think after we record in april we'll go back on the road in june and july
and play a lot of new songs. then we'll take a minibreak and the record will be
out and then tour again.
q. sounds like a busy year.
a. it is. it's a job. but it's the best job in the world.
mruggieri@timesdispatch.com.
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date: sun, 3 feb 2008 14:42:46 +1100
from: sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis.com>
subject: [ig-news] two more articles


hi folks,


nothing too new in these and they're both short so i won't forward them.  but you can read them both online:


emily interview from the chicago sun-times:
http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/music/771960,speak020108.article


another article from the chicago southtown star:
http://www.southtownstar.com/entertainment/firstlook/768046,013108indigogirls.article


cheers,
sherlyn
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date: sun, 3 feb 2008 14:31:02 +1100
from: sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis.com>
subject: [ig-news] live at the roxy premiere - 8.30pm sun feb 3rd


hey folks,
catch this if you can (info from
http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmviewid=news_view&new
sid=20080131006426&newslang=en )...
cheers,
sherlyn
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indigo girls live at the roxy to premiere on hdnet
grammy award-winning artists debut on hdnet, sunday, february 3 at 8:30 p.m. et
dallas--(business wire)--what: hdnet presents the concert premiere of the
grammy-winning indigo girls this sunday, february 3 at 8:30 p.m. et. this iconic
duo, amy ray and emily saliers, give a spirited performance to a packed house at
the intimate roxy theatre in atlanta, ga.
this accomplished pair blend sweet vocal harmonies and straightforward acoustic
melodies with a simple strength and raw emotion at this homecoming concert
event.
joined by local band three5human and folk artist brandi carlile, the girls
perform the cherished hits galileo, shame on you, and closer to fine,
making this show must-see viewing for devoted fans and music lovers alike.
when: sunday, february 3 at 8:30 p.m. et on hdnet.
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date: sun, 3 feb 2008 14:28:14 +1100
from: sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis.com>
subject: [ig-news] herald-news article


hi folks,
this is from the chicago herald-news.  it's online at
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/lifestyles/770100,4_5_jo01_indigog
irls_s1.article#
cheers,
sherlyn
- ---begin forwarded article---
indigo girls to mix new with the old
february 1, 2008
by dawn aulet staff writer
there's one thing that is true about nearly every song ever released by the
indigo girls -- you have to sing along. once you learn the words, it is nearly
impossible to listen and not to belt it out. and, that is something amy ray said
she notices when the pair play live.
"our fans are, on the whole, really energetic, they sing along and dance and
stuff," she said.
the indigo girls will return to the rialto square theatre at 8 p.m. saturday.
it is easy to see why. the pair is probably best known for their harmonies, and
their folksy style. but that does not mean that their songs are not modern. in
fact, just the opposite is true. the song "pendulum swingers," off their new
album, "despite our differences," is one of the fan favorites, ray said. the
theme is about how women should regain their place in society.
"i feel that (fans) like this new record and certain songs seem to resonate with
them," ray said.
amy said her singing partner emily saliers wrote the bulk of the song. and while
it is timely, ray said it was not as direct as some might assume.
"i don't think she was referring specifically to hillary clinton," ray said.
the two have been touring for about a year for their new album, which is the
10th, but the pair have been playing together for more than 20 years. ray said
she and saliers are very pleasantly surprised that their fans keep wanting more.
"we never even thought of it, when we first started out we were high school
kids," she said. "for us it was just like what's the next day going to bring.
"we never just assumed we would stay together this long."
this tour
like many of their previous albums, despite our differences, has collaboration
it is not the first time the pair has worked with either artists.
the indigo girls made an appearance on pink's i'm not dead album in her song,
"dear mr. president."
the despite our differences concerts will be opened by another artist who has
worked with the indigo girls before as well. michelle malone, who is nominated
for a grammy for her new album, sugarfoot.
"she's doing kind of an acoustic americana blues thing right now," ray said of
malone. "she's got an amazing voice and she's a really great guitar player."
in addition to doing her own material, malone knows many of the indigo girls
songs, and she will be adding a third harmony to some of the songs.
each tour stop, ray said, is a little different. and ray does not dislike the
quick change of venue, with them playing at the rialto feb. 2 and the house of
blues in chicago feb. 4.
"i like that because it sort of keeps you aware that you are playing a different
gig than the day before," she said.
ray promises, despite the popularity of the new album, they will be playing
songs from previous albums.
"we really play songs from every record every night," she said.
although there are many similarities between work on despite our differences,
which is the first release under the new label, hollywood records, and previous
albums, there also are some differences.
first, the girls worked with mitchell froom for this album.
"we wanted to work with him for a long time, so we're very grateful for that,"
ray said.
because of that work, the way ray and sailer layered things on this new album is
a bit different.
the fans
but, then, indigo girls fans probably noticed that.
indigo girls fans are loyal, and, for the most part, they know all there is to
know about ray. "there is a certain intimacy with the fans and i think you just
have a certain familiarity with the community," ray said.
and she said there is not much that fans do not know about them.
it is fairly common knowledge in fan's circles that the two whose harmonies seem
to come so naturally, write separately.
"we write songs separately and then we come together and do the arrangement,"
ray said. "i think it's one of the things that sort of people know about us and
it's kind of the way we do our thing."
and as far as the harmonies go, the two try a number of different approaches.
the first one, the most natural one, might not be the one they record
but once they choose one, they generally stick with it when playing live.
tina salamone, director of programming and technical director at the rialto said
this is the second time the indigo girls have played at the venue, and salamone
said she knew that the fans would come.
"they have a huge fan base out in chicago but in the western suburbs as well,"
she said. "what we're trying to do at the rialto is appeal to all age groups."
salamone said the last time the indigo girls played, about 1,200 people, mostly
in their 30s and 40s, bought tickets.
and salamone will probably be in the audience that night too. "i love their
music, i think their music is terrific," she said. "indigo girls is always on
our list of perennial favorites."
between 500 and 550 tickets are still available for the show. tickets can be
bought by calling the rialto box office at (815) 726-6600, through the web site,
www.rialtosquare.com or through ticketmaster.
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