Neko Case @ ACL 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Case was born in Alexandria, Virginia, to teenage parents of Ukrainian ancestry. (The original family name, changed before she was born, was Shevchenko.) Her family traveled around while she was young before settling in Tacoma, Washington, the city she considers her hometown. She left home when she was fifteen.Neko Case's new album Middle Cyclone isn't out until March, but the first single is available as a free download now.
In 1994, Case moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, to attend the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. While attending school she played drums in several local bands, including the Del Logs, the Propanes, the Weasles, Cub (which featured I Am Spoonbender's Robynn Iwata), and Maow. All of these bands were local punk groups except for Cub and The Weasles, which Case described as a "country music supergroup".
In 1998, Case graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, which meant the loss of her student visa eligibility. She left Canada for Seattle, Washington. Before leaving, however, Case recorded vocals for a few songs that ended up on Mass Romantic, The New Pornographers' first album. Her lead vocals on songs like "Letter from an Occupant" are straightforward, full-volume power-pop performances, entirely shedding any country elements. Released on November 28, 2000, Mass Romantic became a surprise success. Although the band was originally conceived as a side project for its members, The New Pornographers decided to tour and eventually to record a second, third, and a fourth album.
As well as The New Pornographers, Case frequently collaborates with other Canadian musicians, including The Sadies and Carolyn Mark, and has recorded material by several noted Canadian songwriters, in particular on her 2001 EP Canadian Amp. As a result, she is also considered a significant figure in Canadian music--both CBC Radio 3 and the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada have referred to Case as an "honourary Canadian". [Wikipedia]
Neko Case hasn't been singing live with AC Newman lately, but Nicole Atkins has been.
Neko Case - 2009 Tour Dates
February 18 - Berlin, DE Roter Salon @ 8:00 PM
February 19 - Munich, DE Orange House @ 8:00 PM
February 21 - Paris, FR Nouveau Casino @ 8:00 PM
February 22 - Amsterdam, NL Paradiso @ 8:00 PM
February 23 - London, UK Bush Hall @ 8:00 PM
April 07 - Progress Energy Center Meymandi Concert HallRaleigh, NC
April 10 - Keswick Theatre Glenside, PA
April 11 - Berklee Performance Center Boston, MA
April 13 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
April 14 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
April 16 - Montreal, CA Le National @ 7:00 PM
April 17 - Toronto, CA Trinity St. Paul's United Church @ 7:00 PM
April 18 - Toronto, CA Trinity St. Paul's Church @ 7:00 PM
April 23 - Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
April 24 - The Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL
April 26 - State Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
(more dates TBA)