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Brandi Carlile makes sure you don’t forget Mother’s Day with new video for “The Mother”

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

Fresh off winning three Grammys in February, Seattle singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile has released the music video for By The Way, I Forgive You track “The Mother.” The video, which is dedicated to “every mother, everywhere,” opens with clips of mothers being woken up by their children. It then follows them through the innumerable things they do for their little ones in a single day. The video presents motherhood across cultures, ages, religions, and lifestyles.

Created by an all-female crew, the video in and of itself demonstrates how much mothers are able to accomplish. Coming just days before Mother’s Day, the video feels more than appropriate, and can serve as a reminder to sort out any last minute Mother’s Day plans, or just to call mom and say “thank you.” Continue reading →

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Watch Brandi Carlile and Dave Grohl busk on the streets of Seattle

Brandi Carlile got her start by busking on the streets of her hometown of Seattle, and this past Saturday she took a nostalgic trip to Pike Place Market to play an impromptu set, bringing along fellow Seattle native Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters. The two musicians were accompanied by Carlile’s bandmates Phil and Tim Hanseroff, a.k.a “the twins,” and part of their set was streamed live on Carlile’s Facebook page, while onlookers captured their own video.

As crowds gathered outside the famous market to watch the unannounced set, Carlile and Grohl played a rendition of The Beatles’ “Let It Be,” plus some of their own songs, including the Foo Fighters’ “Times Like These.” Carlile wrote later on Instagram that the 15-minute set was “one of the most surreal moments of my life.” Watch clips of the performance below. Continue reading →

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Girls Just Wanna: Philly singer-songwriter Andrea Nardello shares her Brandi Carlile adventure with XPN’s Helen Leicht

Andrea Nardello | photo by Gabriela Barbieri for WXPN

Just before she took home three statues at this year’s Grammys, Brandi Carlile decided to beat the Seattle winter doldrums by throwing a getaway festival in Rivera Maya, Mexico. The inaugural Girls Just Wanna Weekend also included a treat for superfans: a little thing called Brandioke, a social media contest where finalists would get to cover a song from Carlile’s catalog with Brandi herself, as well as longtime collaborators the Hanseroth twins and the rest of her band.

One of the winners was Andrea Nardello, a singer-songwriter from the Philadelphia region who has been active on the local scene for the past eight years, and this week she appeared on the XPN Local Show with Helen Leicht to tell the story of her adventure. Continue reading →

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Brandi Carlile, Glen Hansard, Rufus Wainwright and more will appear on Joni Mitchell tribute album Joni 75

Joni Mitchell | photo by Jack Robinson | via Rolling Stone

Back in November, singer-songwriter icon Joni Mitchell celebrated her 75th birthday, and a tribute concert was held in her honor in Los Angeles. This March, a recording of that concert will be released, along with a documentary of the event hitting theaters.

Joni 75 features performances by a spectrum of artists, from Graham Nash (who performs “Our House,” a CSNY song written about his life with MItchell) to Norah Jones (who covers the title track to Court and Spark), Brandi Carlile (who duets with Kris Kristofferson on “A Case of You,” and sings “Down to You” from Court and Spark) and Rufus Wainwright (who sings “All I Want” from Blue, as well as that album’s title track). Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Brandi Carlile will headline The Mann in September

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

Brandi Carlile has announced an extended run of tour dates behind her recent album By The Way, I Forgive You that will bring her back to Philly for a show at The Mann on September 6. This will be Carlile’s first local appearance since she headlined the Merriam Theater and played Free at Noon last May. Continue reading →

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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 →