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Listen to Brandi Carlile’s full Newport Folk Fest set via NPR Music

Brandi Carlile at Newport Folk Fest | photo by Adam Kissick for NPR

While we gathered on the banks of the Delaware just two weekends ago for the 25th XPoNential Music Festival, countless other music festivals took place at the same time. From Mo Pop in Detroit to Panorama in NYC, and the regarded Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island, the last weekend in July is historically a great weekend for outdoor live music. It was up in Newport where XPN-fave Brandi Carlile delivered a stunning set on Sunday afternoon, and thanks to NPR Music we can now listen back to the set. Continue reading →

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Watch Brandi Carlile’s hometown performance at Seattle’s “March For Our Lives”

Brandi Carlile | still from video

Earlier this spring, the student-organized Seattle wing of “March For Our Lives” welcomed special guest Brandi Carlile to the stage to celebrate the movement and advocate for a change in gun legislation. The rationale behind the decision to ask Carlile to perform was pretty simple, according to a report in NPR: these students know she stands with them and she isn’t afraid to say so.

Following up on her performance, Carlile released a chilling student-produced video from the March along with her song “Hold Out Your Hand.” Continue reading →

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NonCOMM Recap: Brandi Carlile makes Free at Noon a family affair

Brandi Carlile | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

Family, home, love, and forgiveness. These are the virtues interwoven in every powerful note of Brandi Carlile‘s music.

“I feel like it’s important to talk about my family in any format I can,” shared a beaming Carlile midway through her packed Free At Noon performance. Already having left the audience in awe after opening acapella-style with “The Eye” aside integral members, Phil and Tim Hanseroth, as well as shattering hatred with the shining 2018 powerhouse anthem, “The Joke,” — which ushered in a string section and backing band — Carlile took the time to acknowledge her love for her wife of almost six years, Catherine Shepherd, her four-year old daughter, Evangeline, and her new eight-week old daughter, Elijah. Continue reading →

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Listen to Brandi Carlile’s By The Way, I Forgive You via NPR Music

Brandi Carlile | photo by Alysse Gafkjenh | courtesy of the artist
Brandi Carlile | photo by Alysse Gafkjenh | courtesy of the artist

By the time the first chorus of “The Joke” hits, it’s quite clear — this is a different Brandi Carlile than we’ve heard before. Bigger, bolder, reaching for the stars both sonically and emotionally.

As NPR’s Jewly Hight puts it in a First Listen premiere of the album, “It’s the sound of an artist laying it all on the line.”

The ten track album, which is streaming in full right now at NPR Music, covers a spectrum of territory from orchestral power ballads to gang vocal rockers — to the contemplative folk that is Carlile’s bread and butter. Lyrically, she covers topics from the dulling of love, to maternal devotion, to addiction and mental health, and the ways intimacy and devotion can change and evolve. Continue reading →

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Brandi Carlile narrates life of a “Sugartooth” in latest single

Brandi Carlile | photo by Alysse Gafkjenh | courtesy of the artist
Brandi Carlile | photo by Alysse Gafkjenh | courtesy of the artist

The best is yet to come for Washington State singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile. Garnering a devote folk following with her sophomore LP, 2007’s The Story, Carlile topped the charts with the title track. Now, Carlile plans to release the follow-up full length to her 2015 Grammy-nominated album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter. “Sugartooth” is the third single from that forthcoming album, By The Way, I Forgive You, out February 16 on Elektra Records. Continue reading →

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Brandi Carlile meditates on the closest kind of companionship in “The Mother”

Brandi Carlile | photo by Alysse Gafkjenh | courtesy of the artist
Brandi Carlile | photo by Alysse Gafkjenh | courtesy of the artist

After announcing her forthcoming album By The Way, I Forgive You with lead single “The Joke,” singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile is back with another new song. “The Mother” is an achingly heartfelt and quietly powerful track dedicated to Carlile’s daughter, Evangeline. Throughout the soft and winding narrative of the Americana and folk-inspired track, Carlile explores how motherhood has affected her, both as an artist and as a human. Reach for the nearest tissue box and listen below. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Brandi Carlile brings new album to Merriam Theater this May

Brandi Carlile | photo by Alysse Gafkjen | courtesy of artist
Brandi Carlile | photo by Alysse Gafkjen | courtesy of artist

Brandi Carlile gifted us with so many heartfelt folk gems in her last record, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, that following it up seems like an incredibly hefty feat. However, one listen from her recent single “The Joke” washes away any doubt that this new album, By The Way, I Forgive You, will be just as beautifully powerful. Continue reading →

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Listen to Brandi Carlile’s epic “The Joke” from her new album By The Way, I Forgive You

Brandi Carlile | photo by Alysse Gafkjenh | courtesy of the artist
Brandi Carlile | photo by Alysse Gafkjenh | courtesy of the artist

It’s been ten years since singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile captured our hearts with her breakthrough album The Story. After five studio albums, a Grammy nomination, and, in more recent memory, a breathtaking XPN Fest set, Carlile is back with her latest effort — her highly anticipated forthcoming album By The Way, I Forgive You will be released early next year. Continue reading →

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Listen to Cover Stories, a tribute to Brandi Carlile’s The Story, via NPR Music

Cover Stories cover art | via NPR Music

Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile‘s sophomore album The Story turns ten years old this year, and on May 5th, a star-studded tribute to the album comes out via Columbia Records. Featuring track-for-track renditions of the album by artists like Jim James, The Avett Brothers, Dolly Parton, Pearl Jam, Adele, Margo Price and more, it’s an impressive set — and you can hear it a week early, thanks to NPR Music’s First Listen series. Continue reading →