Andrew Bird's records have grown quieter and more intimate in recent years, but he remains a remarkably dynamic live performer: Last year's Break It Yourself wouldn't seem to be the stuff of blockbuster live shows, and yet when he took it to the stage, he injected its characteristically smart, brooding songs with surprising intensity. Of course, it helps that, 12 albums into an unpredictable career, Bird has become a cult superstar whose fans clearly fuel him onstage.

Brandi Carlile came back to Anchorage this summer to see friends, catch some fish and of course share her great music with her Anchorage fans! KNBA Afternoon Drive host Shyanne spoke to her by phone the day before her show at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium.