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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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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 Pearl Jam’s rocked up cover of Brandi Carlile’s “Again Today”

Pearl Jam at The Spectrum | photo by John Vettese
Pearl Jam at The Spectrum | photo by John Vettese

It’s been ten years since Brandi Carlile released her incredible breakthrough album, The Story, and to celebrate the ten-year anniversary, a tribute album titled ‘Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child’ is on it’s way. Out on May 5th via Legacy Recordings, this release is teeming with amazing artists–including iconic rockers, Pearl Jam.

Pearl Jam covers Carlile’s song, “Again Today,” by throwing an up-tempo, jam-worthy spin on it. Foregoing Carlile’s stripped down opening, Pearl Jam dives right in from the first striking power chord. This doesn’t detract from the song’s raw emotion, however, as Eddie Vedder’s vocals drip with aching intensity throughout, and is backed by Carlile herself in the powerful chorus. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Celebrate ten years of Brandi Carlile’s The Story with Dolly Parton, Jim James, The Avett Brothers, Adele and more

Brandi Carlile | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Ten years ago, Brandi Carlile vaulted into the music scene with her 2007 breakthrough album The Story. Now, a new tribute covers album is on the way called Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates Ten Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child.  It features a bevy of well-known artists including Dolly Parton and her wonderful cover of Brandi’s “The Story.”

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