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.”
It was the 11th hour at the 2016 XPoNential Music Festival, and as Old Crow Medicine Show kicked into “Wagon Wheel,” we headed backstage at the BB&T to meet up with the star of the night — Brandi Carlile. Just before she hit the big stage, she and the Twins (that’s Phil and Tim Hanseroth) sat down for an intimate and jaw-dropping performance of “The Eye.”
It’s a song that Carlile says was a long time coming for her and the Hanseroths, who got together in Seattle “in a time when grunge was at its peak, and it was very uncool to say that you were into three part harmonies.” As Carlile later told her fans at XPNFest, “this song is about how there is no lead singer, there’s only somebody who insists that she is.” Continue reading →
Okay, Brandi Carlile, I promise to never again pigeonhole the wonderful thing you do as “singer-songwriter” or “roots / Americana.” Just keep slaying like you did from the BB&T Pavilion stage on the closing night of XPN Fest.
The Seattle-rooted musician and longtime XPN favorite took the stage last night not only with Tim and Phil Hanseroth – aka “The Twins,” her longtime collaborators on guitar, bass and vocals – but with a rousing full band that elevated her songs to arena rock proportions befitting the huge amphitheater they were performing in. On drums, Brian Griffin propelled the music forth; on cello and keys, Josh Neumann added nuanced, atmospheric accents; on guitar, Gibb Droll rumbled and roared. Carlile is gripping as a solo performer, no doubt — she made all of NonCOMM cry back in 2015, after all — but seeing her with this lineup is next-level.
In their latest showing of camaraderie, Brandi Carlile and Old Crow Medicine Show have put together a joint sampler on Noisetrade. This free download comes after the artists covered each other’s songs last month. Carlile contributed “Mainstream Kid” from last year’s The Firewatcher’s Daughter and a live cut of “The Eye,” while OCMS shared “O Cumberland River” from Remedy and live versions of “Bootlegger’s Boy” and “White Face.”
WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival is happening July 22nd, 23rd, and 24th at the Camden Waterfront with shows at Wiggins Park and the BB&T Pavilion.
Tickets go on sale Friday at Noon, however you can reserve tickets by becoming a new or renewing WXPN member at $25 a month. You will receive a pair of 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes that includes LAWN ADMISSION to Ryan Adams/Kurt Vile on Friday, July 22, Alabama Shakes/Gary Clark Jr on Saturday, July 23, and Brandi Carlile/Old Crow Medicine Show on Sunday, July 24. Continue reading →
Post-punk band Protomartyr is at Underground Arts tonight with support from Priests and Taiwan Housing Project. The band, who is often compared to Wire and The Fall, is on tour to promote their most recent record, The Agent Intellect. More information here.Continue reading →
Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2015 incredible. Today, XPN Program director Bruce Warren recaps ten favorite WXPN videos from VuHaus.
We’ve put together a playlist of some of the best performances on VuHaus, a new music video website featuring videos from public radio stations around the country. Alongside XPN, contributors include WFUV in New York, KCRW in Los Angeles, KUTX in Austin, Oregon Public Radio, Mountain Stage, World Cafe and others.
As we begin to look back at the year in music, one of our favorite albums of 2015 was singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile’sThe Firewatcher’s Daughter. Since her last record, she got married, and had a daughter with her wife. Earlier this year, Carlile, and “The Twins” – Tim and Phil Hanseroth – were on World Cafe with David Dye.
Listen to her World Cafe session below, and download “Wilder (We’re Chained)” from the session below. And make sure you watch her Cafe performance of “The Eye.” Continue reading →
Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Tonight, Philadelphia hometown hero Questlove will be stepping out from behind the kit and will be showing off his DJ skills at The Foundry, the club inside the brand new Fillmore Philly. Check out what he’s got tonight and pick up tickets here. Continue reading →
Chelsea Sue Allen has described her music as that which, “resides in the bones” and it is hard to argue with that description after hearing “Creeks and Moans”, the newest single from her upcoming album.
“Creeks and Moans” — which you can check out below (h/t The Deli Philly) — is an unassuming, slow building indie-folk track that is reminiscent of some of Brandi Carlile’s more reserved work. It is a song that gives the distinct feeling of falling leaves and rapidly cooling temperatures, making its timing all but perfect. Continue reading →