Thursday, April 06, 2006

Neko Case - 4/5/06 - The Roxy Boston

So I just got back from seeing Neko Case at the Roxy and was pretty impressed with the show. The opener was Martha Wainwright of the Wainwright family (Rufus, Loudon III, etc) and she and her band, a bassist and a drummer put on a pretty good show. Martha has a great voice and writes some pretty good songs, including one song, "Ball and Chain," which she claimed was about the male genitalia. Martha played for about 40 minutes to a crowd that to my surprise seemed to be quite familiar with her songs. 20 minutes after Wainwright's set, Neko and her band took the stage. Case's band consisted of a drummer, an upright bassist, a pedal steel/banjo player, an electric guitarist, singer Kelly Hogan on back-up vocals, and of course Neko Case on guitar and vocals. Neko's voice was in top form despite the fact she seemed to be fighting a cold. The band played through a set of songs including some highlights from Case's latest album Fox Confessor Brings the Flood including "Star Witness," "That Teenage Feeling" and "John Saw the Number", some older songs, and some covers, most notably Bob Dylan's "Buckets of Rain" from Blood on the Tracks. While the band and the songs sounded great, I found that the songs began to sound very repetitive after 9 or 10 of them. It's not that there was anything wrong with the music, it just became very monotonous. On the other hand Case was very talkative betweens songs and seemed to be happy to be in Boston despite the fact that her and her guitarist were both fighting illnesses. Overall Case and her band put on a great show, while it would have been nice to hear a bit more contrast between songs, I am not a huge Neko Case fan and am not familiar with much of her back catalog. That being said, I feel like I definitely got my $15 worth (although I did get mine cheap, face value with fees was somewhere around $25) and I am listening to her record right now so I guess she made a positive affect on me. Next time I see her though, it will definitely be with the New Pornographers not solo.

If you want to check out this tour or any of the artists here are some links: Neko Case, Martha Wainwright

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