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[REVIEW] The Highwomen – The Highwomen

Yeah I want a house with a crowded tableAnd a place by the fire for everyoneLet us take on the world while we’re young and ableAnd bring us back together when the day is done Review by Jason Gonulsen Eight years ago, I met Amanda Shires in St. Louis. She had just finished her set … Read more

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Forecastle Festival: Five Moments

ALL PHOTOS BY JASON GONULSEN Five moments. That’s misleading, of course. Forecastle is filled with them, and the fans are the life blood that power the show that always must go on. This is a music festival that doesn’t feel VIP-ish. I’ve never felt more comfortable eating a corn dog and tater tots with a … Read more

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Brandi Carlile at The Pageant in St. Louis | Photos

Brandi Carlile returned to The Pageant in St. Louis last evening playing songs from The Firewatcher’s Daughter and old favorites like “The Story” and “Turpentine.” Please enjoy these photos from Adam Schicker, and be sure to visit his site, Indie Image STL, here.

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Album Review | Brandi Carlile – The Firewatcher’s Daughter

“Let them roll over me when I doubt you,” Brandi Carlile sings on “The Things I Regret,” one of the standout tracks on her latest release, The Firewatcher’s Daughter. The album follows a familiar formula that will please most fans: smart, strong songwriting (“The Eye”) and gorgeous vocals (“I Belong To You”). But if you’ve … Read more

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Our 20 Most Anticipated Albums of 2015 (Quarter 1)

Good morning, 2015! It’s time to put 2014 to bed and look ahead. And we’re ready to share our 20 Most Anticipated Albums of 2015 for January through March. Kill the Christmas music and get these selections on your radar! January 6 Catfish & the Bottlemen, The Balcony January 13 Justin Townes Earle, Absent Fathers January 20 … Read more

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Concert Preview | The 21 Best Brandi Carlile Songs

The path of least resistance is catching up with me again today The truth is, I never had any interest in seeing Brandi Carlile. I had to be convinced (read: dragged) to her show a few years ago at The Pageant, and what do you know — all I needed was one song (“My Song”) to … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Brandi Carlile – Raise Hell

It would be awfully unfortunate to call Brandi Carlile a “singer-songwriter,” because her music is much more than that term’s sometimes negative and boring connotation. The problem is, there are times that her studio work doesn’t catch fire that her live performances always do. And while today’s Jam of the Day, “Raise Hell,” taken from … Read more

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Brandi Carlile (The Extended Interview)

I’m not sure I can take it I’ve nothing strong to hold to I’m way too old to hate you My mind is full of razors To cut you like a word if only sung But this is my song  Those are lyrics from “My Song,” the first Brandi Carlile song I ever heard live, … Read more

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Katie Herzig (The Interview)

If it isn’t clear by now (and it must be), singer-songwriters rule my life. Female ones, especially, like the wonderful Katie Herzig. Really, I can’t get enough. And when I saw Herzig open for Brandi Carlile in Denver last month, I pretty much fell in love with every word that escaped her mouth. I’m probably … Read more

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Brandi Carlile | Live in Denver

Well, well, well. I’ve seen Brandi Carlile perform twice now, and she’s hit a towering home run both times. Out of the galaxy. No questions asked, except: Is Ms. Carlile from another planet? There isn’t much she can’t do. Her performance in Denver at the Paramount had a little bit of everything going for it … Read more