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March 3, 2009 | Steve Appleford
Sleep is a luxury for some people, and Neko Case is really craving some right now. Turns out the singer's hotel on the Sunset Strip is party central, with a bar right outside her window and drunken chatter deep into the night. "My sleeping cards," she says wearily, "just aren't lining up right now." She's been on the road talking up her new album, "Middle Cyclone," hitting one city after another, visiting radio stations, performing her songs of indie torch and twang at the occasional showcase.
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April 14, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
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.
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March 11, 2006 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
Neko Case's striking new album, "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood," has just one autobiographical song among its set of haunting, enigmatic narratives and character sketches. It's "Hold On, Hold On," which opens with a revealing line: "The most tender place in my heart is for strangers." It's a sentiment that's close to the 35-year-old singer, who left an unhappy home at 15 in search of community and creativity.
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December 30, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Beyoncé's stealth midnight release - a self-titled collection of new music and videos - may have arrived in near silence earlier this month, but it now rules the charts and The Times' Consensus Top Albums of 2013. The list, which stretches to a dozen albums this year because of voting ties, pools the Top 10 lists from pop music critic Randall Roberts and seven other pop music staff writers, assigning 10 points for a No. 1 album, 9 points for a No. 2, 8 points for No. 3 and so on. Beyoncé's "visual album" was named album of the year by two Times writers - August Brown and Gerrick Kennedy - and picked up additional points with its fifth place finish on Times pop music editor Lorraine Ali's list.
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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.
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June 11, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
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.
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March 16, 2009 | August Brown
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.
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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.
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April 14, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
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.
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June 10, 2006 | CASEY DOLAN
"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.
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September 2, 2013 | By August Brown
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.
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June 11, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
TRAVEL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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June 7, 2009 | Ann Powers, Pop Music Critic
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2009 | Ann Powers, Pop Music Critic
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2009 | August Brown
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2009 | Steve Appleford
Sleep is a luxury for some people, and Neko Case is really craving some right now. Turns out the singer's hotel on the Sunset Strip is party central, with a bar right outside her window and drunken chatter deep into the night. "My sleeping cards," she says wearily, "just aren't lining up right now." She's been on the road talking up her new album, "Middle Cyclone," hitting one city after another, visiting radio stations, performing her songs of indie torch and twang at the occasional showcase.
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