Victoria Will for BuzzFeed News. The first time I saw Neko Case play live, she was assailed by a hailstorm so intense it left bruises. You can watch clips of what happened next on YouTube : groups of twentysomethings in too little clothing huddled under quilts and jackets, the sound of hail and small, surprised screams drowning out the song.
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Jump to navigation. Bloodshot Radio. Blacklisted is the record where Neko fully defines her voice as an artist, both vocally and musically, and gives us an intensely intimate work that evokes a dark elegance with a hint of twang.
It was an image that burned through the blogosphere in the spring of — Neko Case crouching on the hood of a Mercury Cougar, ready to pounce as she brandished a sword on the cover of her Middle Cyclone album. The reason it struck a chord was easy enough to understand: besides being a striking image, it was the perfect visual representation of the persona she had perfected over the previous 10 years. Like her music, it was both playful and powerful, rooted in the iconography of the past but made modern by her distinctively provocative presence. Like her gift for a wicked turn of phrase, the image was a potent statement, capturing a sexy but not sexualized woman.
Neko Case proved herself a gifted singer on the good but uneven The Virginian. Case even turned up in Time magazine recently as evidence of what an alt-country singer looks like. God love an underground heroine and ex-punk drummer who makes music a Republican could cozy up to.
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By the end of the night, many in the crowd did have it, inspired enough by the performance to purchase a copy of Furnace Room Lullaby Bloodshot Records available at the club. They kibitzed about which songs, or parts of them, they did or didn't know, and in some spots seemed to be cautiously feeling their way through the material. But the resulting sound was both spontaneous and gorgeous.
Here's one reason to love Neko Case: The photo on the cover of her outstanding new album, Blacklisted, finds her sprawled? It's pure Neko? All of those qualities turn up in abundance on Blacklisted, a haunted beauty of a country album from the Virginia-born, redheaded chanteuse with a hillbilly heart and rock 'n' roll swagger.
Trigger History 5 Comments. No, the offending party is none other than alt-country luminary Neko Case. This may not be completely surprising seeing how Neko got her start in music as the drummer for a punk band, and has regularly collaborated with artists and bands outside of the country fold like The New Pornographers.