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August 23, 2013 at 3:41 PM

A hell-raising homecoming for Brandi Carlile at the zoo

If Brandi Carlile returned to her hometown to raise a little hell, she came to the right place.

The Woodland Park Zoo amphitheater was packed with longtime fans, friends, family and even some of her high school teachers — sprawled on a meadow gridlocked with blankets and low-back chairs. It was a feel-good, multi-generational concert for those who had followed the Maple Valley singer-songwriter for years.

“It’s good to be home,” she said.

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August 15, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Brandi Carlile: “We want to try something different on this record”

Brandi Carlile (Photo by Jeremy Cowart)

Brandi Carlile (Photo by Jeremy Cowart)

When the summer-touring season ends, Northwest singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile and her band will head up to the San Juan Islands and lock themselves in a cabin.

They’re not necessarily trying to escape the rat race. But isolation and the freedom to experiment could help determine the sound of Carlile’s next album.

“We’re not going to record anything we write because we want to try something different on this record,” the 32-year-old Maple Valley resident said this week in a phone call from California.

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