A lot of bands are influential for their music, their “look,” their release method, etc., but not too many can claim to be influential in terms of broad social change. The Indigo Girls, though, can unabashedly declare themselves a part of that second category. Emily Saliers and Amy Ray have been making music for more than twenty-five years, and their commitment to a wide range of social causes, not least among them being the fight for same-sex equality, made them a beacon of change and acceptance long before it was the popular thing to do. In advance of their show at The Paramount, we spoke with Emily about changes in the music industry, spirituality vs. religion, her co-ownership of a restaurant, and, of course, the recent coming out of R&B star Frank Ocean.

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