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ig-news-digest        friday, november 26 2010        volume 12 : number 045


today's subjects:
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  [ig-news] australia tour next april!  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis.co]
  [ig-news] album review from dallas voice  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopoli]


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date: fri, 26 nov 2010 10:07:36 +1100
from: sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis.com>
subject: [ig-news] australia tour next april!


new australia tour - whoohoo!


i got this article from
http://www.undercover.fm/news/12844-indigo-girls-tour-announced.


- -sherlyn


- ---begin forwarded article---
indigo girls tour announced
by andrew tijs
21 hours ago (thu, 25 nov 2010 12:58:51 +1100)


the grammy award-winning us folk duo plan an australian visit in april
2011.


amy ray and emily saliers have spent two decades bringing harmonic folk to
tiny clubs and huge festivals.


theybve sold over 12 million records and have been nominated for seven
grammys.


their latest album, staring down the brilliant dream, is a 31-song,
double-disc celebration of their live prowess, capturing performances from
2006 to 2009.


and in 2011, they bring those songs to australia at the east coast blues
and roots festival in byron bay, and around the nation.


tickets to the solo shows go on sale wednesday 1 december.


indigo girls australian tour 2011
thursday 21 april b concert hall, perth
saturday 23 april b east coast blues and roots festival, byron bay
tuesday 26 april b qpac concert hall, brisbane
wednesday 27 april b canberra theatre, canberra
thursday 28 april b state theatre, sydney
friday 29 april b palais theatre, melbourne


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date: fri, 26 nov 2010 10:14:53 +1100
from: sherlyn koo <sherlyn@pixelopolis.com>
subject: [ig-news] album review from dallas voice


hi folks,


here's a review of the new holiday album, from the dallas voice.  it's
online at http://www.dallasvoice.com/christmas-jukebox-1053664.html


cheers,
sherlyn

- ---begin forwarded article---
3.5 stars
happy holly days
indigo girls
vanguard


it took decades in the music business before the famed lesbian duo indigo
girls got around to releasing their first holiday album. holly happy days
puts amy ray and emily saliers in country mode with hoe-down ready songs
and a star-studded roster. they could have very well created a lesbian
music lover's wet dream in disc format.


they giddy-up quick with "i feel the christmas spirit," a ramblin' tune
that leaves out any jingling bells. the fiddle and banjo are the stars in
this happy song that doesn't sound anything like holiday fare bunless
you're in a very special deliverance christmas.


that same approach makes the traditional carols interesting at least.
neither sings that kind of vocal stretch you've come to expect hearing on
"o holy night" b& and thank goodness. there's no vanity here b "night" may
come off underwhelming, but its celtic undertones add welcome texture.


because they respect the carols' original structures, there aren't many
surprises. that's made forgivable with easy-to-sing-along numbers like
"i'll be home for christmas." who doesn't want that? the organ backdrop,
though, on "angels we have heard on high" feels like you walked in on an
old hillbilly church with a two-voice chorus. there's a charming majesty in
the tune along with the layered instrumentation.


not to discriminate, the girls cover woody guthrie's "happy joyous
hanukah" which almost had me run out to buy a dreidel. the bluegrass
influence here is adorable, and despite its minority status, it fits right
into the rest of the album. mary gaultier and janis ian even provide
gorgeous background vocals.


they go pop with "it really is (a wonderful life)," a bouncy song penned
by chely wright. you almost expect to hear it as a commercial jingle or
sitcom theme, but it charms in a way you don't expect.


for die-hards, happy holly days is indigo girls doing what they do best:
acoustic folk (although revved up) and lush harmonies. the non-fan might
initially be put off by the woodsy flavor and lack of fuzzy feelings, but
with time, their simple approach is refreshing and they prove that less can
be more. besides, the indigo girls offer three ornaments in the packaging.
score!


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