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Brandi Carlile w/ Vienna Teng, Alex Wong 

When: Wed., June 9 2010
Price: $26, $21 (adv.)
One of the major ways Seattle-based singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile improved as a singer on her latest album, Give Up the Ghost, was tapping into the emotions that fueled her songs when they were first written. “You have to find it somewhere, whatever it is, like the energy for a song,” Carlile says. “I would do things like wake myself up at like 6 a.m. when I was all tired and hadn’t had my coffee, and I’m all bummed out and grumpy, and sing a song like ‘I Will,’ because I wanted it to sound crackly, pained, and tired, because that’s what it is.” Carlile came onto the scene with her 2005 self-titled debut album and gained considerable notice with her 2007 follow-up The Story. On the Rick Rubin-produced Give Up the Ghost, she demanded more from herself as a performer in the studio and created lyrical stories and emotions that are more relatable and dramatic. The album feels strikingly honest, as Carlile’s songs are full of sadness, joy, vulnerability, and hope. In a live setting, Carlile pulls out all the stops to showcase the songs. In addition to her long-time bandmates guitarist Tim Hanseroth and bassist Phil Hanserothm she has added a new cellist, drummer, and keyboardist. “We try to make our show more and more of an event, orchestrating the show in all different ways,” she says. “It’s just a really exciting show.” —Alan Sculley


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