Music Around Town

Brandi Carlile

When: Thu., July 5 2012

Thirty-one-year-old Seattle singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile offers a grand measure of storytelling in her work that arcs from tender to soaring -- from Joni Mitchell-style quiet introspection to Janis Joplin-like balls-out rocking. Once she gets started, she's like a Harrier jet taking off for flight. And she's capable of delivering it all with a feather-light gut-check sucker punch. Maybe that’s why, after doggedly touring as an opener for everyone from the Indigo Girls and the Fray to Hanson and Tori Amos, she’s amassed a following that is most definitely hers. Her recently released fourth album Bear Creek, as well as last year's Live at Benaroya Hall With the Seattle Symphony, features plenty of jumping-off places for what promises to be a great live show at House of Blues this week. But what you might not know about Carlile is how much of an ’80s nerd she can be. For starters, she sports The Neverending Story tattoos on her arms and covers Alphaville’s “Forever Young” in concert. That says a lot about her. 8 p.m. Tickets: $28 - $35. – Peter Chakerian

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