August 12

Brandi Carlile w/ Ivan & Alyosha

The Slowdown, 729 North 14th St.

8 p.m., $26 advance/ $30 day-of-show,

Brandi Carlile’s great, mostly-overlooked 2009 album Give Up the Ghost  shed most of Carlile’s overt adult-pop urges in favor of a rougher, more engaging trek through Americana-dappled singer-songwriter fare. Her previous two records carried similar moments, but never at the stripped down, intimate level she displayed on Ghost. It featured a duet with her hero, Elton John. Elton John. While Carlile has yet to release a studio album follow-up, her recently released live album, Live at Benroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony pairs her working band with a 30-piece symphony to bring added lushness to the rugged beauty of her songwriting. 

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