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Download a World Cafe performance of “Wilder (We’re Chained)” by Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile | Photo by David McClister
Brandi Carlile | Photo by David McClister

Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile is back with a fantastic new album called The Firewatcher’s Daughter. Since her last record, she got married, and had a daughter with her wife. Last month, she brought the new tunes to World Cafe with David Dye, who says “Brandi is 10 years and five albums into a career that includes the very successful 2007 album The StoryIt’s a good time in her life.”  Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Thin Lips, Sympathy and the Lion and more

Thin Lips
Thin Lips | Photo by Yowei Shaw

Thin Lips made their Key Studio Session debut this week. A spin-off of former Philly outfit Dangerous Ponies, Thin Lips refocuses the latter’s carnivalesque energy into high-octane punk. For this session they recorded two tracks from a 7″ called Gemini Moon. Catch the band playing new material at Johnny Brenda’s on New Year’s Eve with Hop Along and check out the title track to the 7″ below.

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As Intimate As You Can Get: Brandi Carlile plays the Perelman Theater unplugged and un-amped

Brandi Carlile | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.tumblr.com
Brandi Carlile | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.tumblr.com

Brandi Carlile’s performance at the Kimmel Center this Saturday was nothing short of inspirational.

Performing with her band and a string trio on the beautifully conceived “Pin Drop Tour”, Carlile et al. unplugged and dispensed with amplification, opting instead to trust in the theater’s beautiful acoustics and their own power to sustain us for the evening. It was an intimate distillation as embracing and as warming as any spirit, and with much more soul than I had prepared for. Continue reading →