June 11, 2013 |
The storied Newport Folk Festival, which bills itself as “the original music festival” and has delivered historic moments on the East Coast since 1959, will uproot and head west in the fall for Way Over Yonder, a new festival taking place at the Santa Monica Pier. The festival, produced by Newport, will take place on two stages on Oct. 5 and 6, and feature an impressive 10-artist roster that includes soulful country-rock singer Neko Case, songwriter Conor Oberst, Arizona geniuses Calexico and hard Nashville troubadour Justin Townes Earle, among others.
March 16, 2009 |
The Greek Theatre and the Gibson Amphitheatre have announced their summer concert series for 2009. Among the notable headliners at the Greek are alt-country siren Neko Case, chamber-folk auteur Andrew Bird and dapper soul man John Legend. The Gibson's lineup includes crooner Frankie Valli and metal stalwarts Judas Priest. The Premiere Marquee Club's broadened perks this year (available to anyone buying advance tickets to a combination of three, five or seven shows) include guaranteed seating, valet parking, special concession lines and advance pre-sales.
April 14, 2014 |
It was an offhanded comment by singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester, but it stopped Elvis Costello cold when he was chatting with Winchester for his short-lived music-interview series “Spectacle” on the Sundance Channel a few years ago. In an aside, the inordinately gifted songwriter casually identified “The Brand New Tennessee Waltz” (one of the first songs for which he'd gained acclaim in the early 1970s) as the first song he'd ever written. Then he nonchalantly moved on to finish the main point he was making about the art of writing songs.
August 22, 2010
HATCH, N.M. Chile Festival When, where: Sept. 4 and 5, Hatch Municipal Airport Highlights: The Food Network, BBC and 30,000 attendees show up to sample a variety of spicy dishes based on the festival's namesake pepper. The event includes a pageant, carnival and artisan booths. Cost: $10 a car Info: http://www.hatchchilefest.com SEATTLE Bumbershoot When, where: Sept. 4-6, Seattle Center Highlights: Bob Dylan, Weezer, Mary J. Blige, Neko Case and Hole headline this three-day event devoted to the performing arts.
June 10, 2006 |
"Maybe Sparrow" Neko Case www.nekocase.com/news/ The animated video is exquisitely drawn and, for much of it, a sparrow is escaping a predatory owl. Case, or a younger version of the singer-songwriter, identifies with the sparrow, and flight takes on a significance greater than escape. In this message about holding out for hope and rebirth, it becomes a move toward self-realization, ultimate freedom and a defiance against forces that may conspire against us.
December 20, 2009
Remembering Michael Jackson. It would be shocking and immoral to call Michael Jackson's death a good thing, but its aftermath has been most positive for pop. Critics reassessing MJ's art and life produced much of the year's best music writing; young artists stepped up their game, wrestling with his legacy. We all confronted deep matters of race, fame, family and art as we mourned together, immersed in one of the greatest musical catalogs of all time. Gaga-Glam. One turned being a pop tart into bloody and increasingly deep performance art. The other turned "American Idol" on its ear just by being himself (and singing so well.