Brandi Carlile: New Album, Tour Dates & New Song “The Joke”!

Brandi Carlile has long been one of my favorite artists, her song, “The Story,” is one of my all-time favorite songs, and her last album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, is one of my all-time favorite albums. So I’m very excited that she just announced her new album, By The Way, I Forgive You, will be released on February 16th. It’s definitely my most anticipated album of 2018. Below are Brandi’s live performance video, audio, and lyrics of the new album’s first single, “The Joke,” the album’s track list, and tour dates.



“The Joke” by Brandi Carlile Lyrics:

“You’re feeling nervous, aren’t you, boy?
With your quiet voice and impeccable style
Don’t ever let them steal your joy
And your gentle ways, to keep ’em from running wild
They can kick dirt in your face
Dress you down, and tell you that your place
Is in the middle, when they hate the way you shine
I see you tugging on your shirt
Trying to hide inside of it and hide how much it hurts
(Chorus)
Let ’em laugh while they can
Let ’em spin, let ’em scatter in the wind
I have been to the movies, I’ve seen how it ends
And the joke’s on them
You get discouraged, don’t you, girl?
It’s your brother’s world for a while longer
We gotta dance with the devil on a river
To beat the stream
Call it living the dream, call it kicking the ladder
They come to kick dirt in your face
To call you weak and then displace you
After carrying your baby on your back across the desert
I saw your eyes behind your hair
And you’re looking tired, but you don’t look scared
(Chorus x 2)”

By The Way, I Forgive You Album Tracklist:

1. Every Time I Hear That Song
2. The Joke
3. Hold Out Your Hand
4. The Mother
5. Whatever You Do
6. Fulton County Jane Doe
7. Sugartooth
8. Most Of All
9. Harder To Forgive
10. Party Of One

Brandi Carlile Tour Dates:

December 13—Anaheim, CA—House of Blues
December 15—Stanford, CA—Memorial Auditorium
December 16—Davis, CA—Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
December 17—Grass Valley, CA—Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Auditorium
January 12-14—Cancun, Mexico—Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds Riviera Maya
February 4-11—Cayamo, A Journey Through Song
March 3—Vancouver, BC—Commodore Ballroom
March 4—Bellingham, WA—Mt. Baker Theatre
March 30—Seattle, WA—Moore Theatre (on sale 11/17)
March 31—Seattle, WA—Moore Theatre (on sale 11/17)
April 5—New York, NY—Beacon Theatre (on sale 11/18)
April 6—New York, NY—Beacon Theatre (on sale 11/18)
April 21-22—North Charleston, SC—High Water Fest
May 4—Boston, MA—Orpheum Theatre (on sale 11/17)
June 15—Chicago, IL—Chicago Theatre (on sale 11/17)
August 12—Denver, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre (on sale 11/17)

Brandi Carlile Official Site

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Pre-Order CD @ Amazon (Autographed!)

Bishop Briggs

Bishop Briggs is my new obsession. It takes an extraordinarily impressive artist to break through the chaos of life as we now know it and lure me to listen to a full album—let alone write about it. Bishop Briggs’ new self-titled release is that album.



Bishop Briggs is the stage name of 25-year old British musician Sarah Grace McLaughlin.

Her music is truly unique. You can compare elements of her robust voice and trippy beats to Lorde, The Mynabirds, VV Brown, and Ibeyi, but there’s no one artist that sums up her complex and alluring sound.

“Wild Horses” is the album’s spectacularly multi-faceted centerpiece. Other standout tracks are “River” and “Dead Man’s Arms,” but it’s an album I’ve enjoyed listening to all the way through on repeat. Definitely one for my best of the year list.

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Bishop Briggs Twitter: @thatgirlbishop

Fantastic Negrito: The Last Days of Oakland (Album Review, Videos & Full Album Stream)

Fantastic Negrito’s debut full-length album, The Last Days of Oakland, churns classic blues, soul, and funk with modern garage rock like somebody spun Lead Belly, Buddy Guy, Otis Redding, and Black Joe Lewis records in a blender.

Fantastic Negrito, led by singer and multi-instrumentalist Xavier Dphrepaulezz, first caught my attention jammin’ with Jamal in a club on Fox’s Empire. At the time they only had a couple of EPs out, so I was very excited for this album’s release. It more than lives up to the anticipation.

The entire album is a nonstop brilliant and bombastic rumination on injustice and inequality of both social and economic natures. My personal favorite tracks…

“Working Poor” has a fiercely catchy guitar riff and twisted refrain of Little Richard’s “Keep on Knockin'” with lyrics about the working class’ struggle to survive despite working as hard as we possibly can.

When I was curating Muruch.com for RAINN, I tried and failed to arrange a worthy cover of the traditional Appalachian folk song “In the Pines” (aka “Black Girl” aka Lead Belly/Nirvana’s “Where Did You Sleep Last Night”), so my heart just about exploded when I saw the song title on The Last Days of Oakland‘s tracklist.

Fantastic Negrito not only delivers a magnificently revamped, reverberating rendition of “In the Pines,” they also composed a new, gut-punch verse envisioning the “Black Girl” as the single mother of a son shot by police. It is the most perfect cover, beyond anything I could have imagined.

photo credit: Robbie Welsh

Other highlights are “Hump Through the Winter,” which follows the same theme as “Working Poor,” “Rant on Rushmore,” and the song they jammed with Jamal, “Lost in a Crowd”…

Fantastic Negrito Official Site

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Rufus Wainwright: Take All My Loves (9 Shakespeare Sonnets)

If, like me, you love Rufus Wainwright and Shakespeare, then this album will make you very, very happy. If, however, you like neither Shakespeare nor Rufus, it’s probably not your cup of tea. This unique collection of Shakespearean sonnets set to theatrical rock music features guests Florence Welch, Martha Wainwright, Anna Prohaska, Siân Phillips, Helena Bonham Carter, Carrie Fisher and William Shatner. But the true stars are Rufus Wainwright and William Shakespeare.



The first two tracks are okay, but a somewhat lackluster start. The album truly begins with the dazzling title track, which is far more Rufus than the Bard.

The standout track is “Unperfect Actor,” in which Helena Bonham Carter gives brief poetic recitation before the song explodes into rock symphony featuring Martha Wainwright and Fiona Cutler.

Other highlights are “When in Disgrace with Fortune and Men’s Eyes,” which is sang as a lovely ballad by Florence Welch, and Anna Prohaska’s operatic “Farewell.”

The album also features new, alternative versions of three sonnets Rufus originally recorded for his Songs for Lulu album: “When Most I Wink,” “For Shame” and “A Woman’s Face.”

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Rufus Wainwright

Muruch.com’s Top Albums of 2015

20 Beth May: The Family Arsonist (poetry)


19 Wolf Alice: My Love is Cool

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Wolf Alice Official Site


18 Elise Cabrét (EP)


17 Anielle Reid: Ain’t Like Them (EP)

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Anielle Reid Official Site


16 Kat Robichaud & The Darling Misfits

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Kat Robichaud Official Site


15 Dengue Fever: The Deepest Lake

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Dengue Fever Official Site


14 The Innocence Mission: Hello I Feel the Same

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The Innocence Mission Official Site


13 Darlingside: Birds Say

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Darlingside Official Site


12 Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi: Cold Moon

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Alela Diane Official Site


11 Hayley Cannon: Who Are You

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Hayley Cannon Official Site


10 Allison Crowe: Sylvan Hour


9 Alessia Cara: Know It All

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Alessia Cara Official Site


8 Chris Stapleton: Traveler

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Chris Stapleton Official Site


7 Andra Day: Cheers to the Fall

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Andra Day Official Site


6 Rhiannen Giddens: Tomorrow is My Turn

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Rhiannen Giddens Official Site


5 Lizabett Russo: Running With the Wolves

(album review)

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Lizabett Russo Official Site


4 V V Brown: Glitch

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V V Brown Official Site


3 Muruch.com Presents: Allison Crowe

(best of)

Allison Crowe Official Site


2 Muruch.com for RAINN benefit album

(more info)

Donate $10 (or more) at Muruch’s RAINN.org fundraising page to receive the free 25-mp3 album.


1 Brandi Carlile: The Firewatcher’s Daughter

(album review)

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Brandi Carlile Official Site

I debated including the Muruch-curated albums, but they are truly the two albums I have listened to most frequently and loved most intensely this year. Besides, it’s the artists and their music that make them so undeniably spectacular. I was just the DJ. That being said, every time I’ve been asked during the year what I think my #1 album of 2015 would be, my immediate answer has been: “Brandi Carlile’s The Firewatcher’s Daughter.” I love it more with each listen and it has the timelessness of the greatest classic albums.