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ig-news-digest          friday, june 22 2007          volume 10 : number 048

today's subjects:
  [ig-news] now magazine amy interview  [sherlyn koo <]
  [ig-news] red butte show review from deseret morning news  [sherlyn koo <s]


date: fri, 22 jun 2007 14:20:42 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] now magazine amy interview

hi folks,

this is from now magazine in toronto...


- ---begin forwarded message---
q+a : amy ray
from the indigo girls
by sarah liss

dyke folk icons the indigo girls join the pride festivities on the wellesley
stage (church and wellesley) saturday (june 23) at 9:30 pm. free.

the indigo girls' latest album, despite our differences, seems to be focused on
issues that aren't specifically gay. there's a lot of interesting thinking about
urban-rural spaces in the states and some pretty heavy class analysis. where did
that come from?

all my life i've been a nature girl. about 15 years ago i moved to a rural area
and built a big house and bought land, but the area is quite poor and i very
much didn't want to be part of the process of gentrification.

all these rich people wanted me to participate in neighbourhood alliances to
support their efforts to kick out the trailers and make gated communities. i was
like, "why did you move out here in the first place?"

i'd love to stay home for five years and run for city council so i can change it
from within, but right now the best i can do is write about it in my music.

consciousness-raising is definitely a big part of your music. is that why you
include so many diverse resources in your album liner notes?

nothing against the human rights commission [the largest gay and lesbian civil
rights organization in the u.s.], but we want our resources to be totally
grassroots and community-oriented. we want to promote things like suicide
hotlines and transgender issues, things that make it hard to live as a queer
person, not just the big issues related to power and money and politics. there
are still a lot of matthew shepards out there.

cyndi lauper's true colors tour is specifically trumpeting the hrc and getting a
lot of attention because of it.

true colors is amazing and cyndi's an amazing woman, but it's not a very
politicized tour. it's sponsored by levi's! one amazing part of true colors,
though, is that they screen this hrc-produced film that shows people who've been
killed because of their sexuality or gender. if one person's outlook is affected
after seeing that five-minute film, the tour will have had an important effect.

how do you reconcile your anti-corporate politics with leaving your old label
(sony subsidiary epic) to sign with disney-owned hollywood for this album?

yeah, it was a hard choice. it was a compromise between me and emily z [saliers,
the other indigo girl]. i'd love to put out our records independently, but she
doesn't think we have the infrastructure in place - and she's probably right.
disney's done decent things for queers around same-sex benefits and stuff, but i
still say it wasn't my first choice, and emily would probably say it wasn't
worth it now, but you live and learn.

how has being an out queer performer changed since the indigo girls first
started playing music?

it's definitely become way easier. people will actually fraternize with you now.
i remember during the first lilith fair, sarah mclachlan was awesome, but i felt
like a lot of performers were like, "oh, those are the gay girls" and left us
alone cuz we were the freaks.

but i think we've gone beyond gender and sexuality boundaries. take someone like
pink. any privilege she has from being a straight woman she uses to benefit the
queer community.

now magazine,
now magazine
everything toronto. online.
june 21 - 27, 2007 | vol. 26 no. 42
entire contents are ) 2007 now communications inc.
story url:

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date: fri, 22 jun 2007 14:27:16 +1000
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] red butte show review from deseret morning news

hi kids,

here's a nice review from the deseret morning news - online at,1249,680192516,00.html...

- -sherlyn

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deseret morning news, thursday, june 21, 2007

indigo girls show introspective side
by josh loftin
deseret morning news

indigo girls and brandi carlile, red butte garden, tuesday

add "delicate" to the list of superficial tags hung around the necks of the
indigo girls.

tuesday night's sold-out concert at red butte garden saw the songwriting duo of
amy ray and emily saliers in a contemplative mood that was reflected in both
their set list and their overall sound. there was also no political discussion
outside of a few, scattered song lyrics, no rally cries, and their song choices
were heavily skewed to the intrinsic emotions.

possibly surprisingly, it was those slower, often darker, songs that really
carried the show. the high point may have been a pair of songs near the end of
the main set, "kid fears" and "the last tears," during which their stellar
melodies and gorgeous guitar work were truly given a chance to shine.

while those songs were recorded slower, their relaxed demeanor also came through
in such songs as "yield," show-closer "galileo," crowd-favorite "closer to
fine," "shame on you," or ray's "let it ring." all of those songs, which
normally possess a tangible, fiery energy, moved at a more deliberate pace. in
fact, about the only song that maintained its normal fire was "rock and roll
heaven's gate."

in many ways, the indigo girls seemed to be giving their fans a breather and
urging them to look inward for their problems and the solutions. thankfully, it
all seemed to work, both in their ability to connect with the crowd, and in
providing an entertaining, thought-provoking show. if the sounds were softer and
the thoughts more introspective, that may not have been a bad thing.

opener brandi carlile, who also sat in for nearly half of the indigo girls'
portion of the show, performed a set that demonstrated why she may not be
opening for others much longer. the highlight was the title track from her
second album, "the story," which was buttressed expertly by a cover of johnny
cash's "folsom prison blues."


) 2007 deseret news publishing company

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