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ig-news-digest          friday, june 19 2009          volume 11 : number 052

today's subjects:
  [ig-news] calvin theater, northampton, ma 06/17/09  [carrie knepp <indigoc]
  [ig-news] article from pittsburgh tribune-review  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pi]


date: thu, 18 jun 2009 09:38:10 -0400
from: carrie knepp <>
subject: [ig-news] calvin theater, northampton, ma 06/17/09

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

what an amazing show last night!! they were on fire. the opener matt
nathanson was incredible, i will likely be buying his entire catalog from

julie wolf, as always was a wonderful addition. she is such a phenomenal
player, harmony vocalist, etc.

it was a fantastic evening from beginning to end...

here's the setlist:

love of our lives
sugar tongue
fill it up again
heartache for everyone
power of two
driver education
what are you like
become you
fleet of hope
pushing the needle too far (you could have knocked me over with a feather
this one)
get out the map
shame on you
ghost (very nice)
true romantic (amy was soooo angsty when she sang this...definitely high
emotions on that one)
the wood song (special meaning for me to begin with but after the
angst-ridden true romantic i was crying)
faye tucker (shut. up. :d)
digging for a dream (i really don't enjoy the drum track on this - i wish
they would play it straight acoustic)
devotion (very nice as always)
i'll change
second time around (amy did a very touching dedication of this song to her
friend june milington, who was in the audience)
closer to fine (w/matt nathanson - he did a very lovely job and didn't need
a cheat sheet!)

kid fears (w/matt nathanson - he again did amazing job - no cheat sheet and
he was very michael stipe-esque)

- --
"i love deadlines. i like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."
- - douglas adams

"if we have a pulse, we have a responsibility to work toward dismantling
oppression." - lyndell montgomery

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date: fri, 19 jun 2009 10:25:52 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] article from pittsburgh tribune-review

hi folks,

here's an article/amy interview from the tribune-review in pittsburgh.  you
can read it online at

also, i won't post it here but there's a review of the calvin theater show
online at


- ---begin forwarded article---
pittsburgh tribune-review
indigo girls see benefits of taking indie route
by rege behe
thursday, june 18, 2009

some things are the same.

the indigo girls have just released an album, "poseidon and the bitter
bug," which is getting good reviews. the duo is about to embark on a tour.

some things have changed.

because they don't fit any of the new musical paradigms, amy ray and emily
saliers were forced to release the album on their own label, ig recordings.
because of economic concerns, the duo is touring with only a keyboard
player instead of a full band.

"we just can't afford it," ray says in advance of the indigo girls' show
sunday at the carnegie music hall of homestead in munhall. "we can't afford
to pay people what they deserve and make a living, and pay our crew what
they deserve and have low ticket prices."

the new economic realities don't mean a sacrifice in quality, although
"poseidon and the bitter bug" purrs more than it roars. the duo settles
into a groove immediately with saliers' "digging for your dream." the
quality doesn't abate until the last note of the last track, ray's "true

as on previous efforts, saliers plays paul mccartney to ray's john lennon.

"emily's always had a musicality, and i tend to be a little rougher, that's
true," ray says with a laugh.

but the musical yin and yang fit better on the new release, ray says.

"i felt like we hit our stride together for the first time in a while," she
says. "you can always tell when something is not as cohesive. you can
sense, sometimes, when you can't get it right. but this one felt good."

the title might befuddle those who pay only cursory attention to the
lyrics. "poseidon" is referenced in saliers' song "fleet of hope" --
"you're all washed up when poseidon has its day." "i got bitten by the
bitter bug, and now i just can't get enough of ill will and my own conceit"
is from "second time around," one of ray's tracks.

"most of our devoted audience knows where it comes from," ray says of the
title. "it really was just trying to elicit some idea of coming up against
hurdles in life. i think emily felt she wrote songs coming out of that
place to a certain degree, and i felt i was pretty reflective, and trying
to keep myself from becoming cynical."

even if the music industry gives ray and saliers plenty of reasons to be
less than optimistic, it seems unfathomable that a band with the indigo
girls' track record has become marginalized. but because they don't have to
answer to the demands of a label, there also are opportunities. the deluxe
edition of "poseidon and the bitter bug" features an extra disc with
acoustic versions of the new songs.

producer mitchell froom suggested the alternate versions, ray says, which
were recorded in three days.

that probably would not have happened so easily if a major label were
involved, she admits. when the band first signed with epic records, there
was a collegial, almost family-like atmosphere.

but changes in the recording industry left no room for a band that has sold
millions of records. hollywood records dropped the indigo girls while they
were touring to promote "despite our differences" in 2007.

"it was kind of obvious that we had kind of played it out," ray says.
"we're getting older, they didn't really know what to do with us, we'd been
around a long time and are not that easy to image. but it feels really
great that we don't have to worry about anything like that, and just can do
our thing."

rege behe can be reached at or 412-320-7990.
images and text copyright (c) 2009 by the tribune-review publishing co.

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