September 2, 2013 |
Leave it to Neko Case to pull off a cover of the other great pop-music Nico, and make her version of "Afraid" feel self-aware, witty and totally heartbreaking all at once. The song is one of the centerpieces of the alt-country flamethrower's new album, "The Worse Things Get…," which is both her most personal and imaginative record in years. As always, Case's voice is a flawless, brassy instrument equally at home in the punk fuzz of "Man" as the lonely sound-art of "Where Did I Leave That Fire.
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.
September 8, 2011
The National's brooding, deadpan and yearning indie rock has percolated up the scene hierarchy and made it a defining act. Here the band plays one of its biggest headlining shows, with Neko Case and Sharon Van Etten in tow. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 7 p.m. Sun. $12-$134. hollywoodbowl.com.
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.
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.
June 7, 2009 |
This summer offers a couple of significant "first times since": It's the first time since the recession really hit, causing many to pull their belts taut, and the first since a new administration helped feed a renaissance in socially conscious, multicultural arts. Personal caution meets communal hope in many people's everyday lives now, and it affects our leisure choices along with everything else. Yet the healing power of organized sound remains the same.