Just in case you had other plans, cancel them now. Don’t worry! If you missed Neko Case at Lollapalooza this summer, you can make up for it Friday, Nov. 6 when the singer-songwriter visits the Canopy Club.
The fiery-tressed songstress is no newbie to the music scene. Case attended art school in Vancouver, British Columbia, and played in several local punk rock and country groups including Maow and The Weasles. Between graduating and moving to Seattle, Case collaborated with various artists, and recorded with The New Pornographers and a backing band known as Her Boyfriends before stepping out into her own spotlight.
Current release Middle Cyclone is the best-reviewed and best-selling album of Case’s career, an impressive feat after her last unanimously appreciated 2006 album, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood. Anti- Records, Case’s diverse label, boasts that, “In addition to twelve new songs written by Case, the bold and elemental Middle Cyclone includes covers of ‘Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth’ by Sparks, and ‘Don’t Forget Me’ by Harry Nilsson.” Case and Darryl Neudorf produced the album, recording in Tucson, Brooklyn, Toronto, and Vermont. Geographically and vocally, the woman gets around.
This latest effort continues to showcase Case’s legendary voice, and according to Pitchfork Media’s review, delves further into a “spookier sound that favors odd song structures and odder imagery about serial killers, downed planes, and automobile accidents” that she began exploring in 2002s Blacklisted. “[Middle Cyclone] plays almost like a culmination of her career this decade, the final installment of a trilogy about the weird American wilderness of her mind,” said Pitchfork.
Back in August at Grant Park, Case performed in the heat of a blistering Sunday afternoon. The substantial crowd clearly adored her, chuckling and applauding her every charming utterance, and swaying entranced as her magnetic voice echoed out from the Budweiser stage.
Case seems pretty happy with the way everything has turned out. On her web site she wrote, “I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I, Neko Case, could be part of something so grand. I have become equal parts truck driver, gladiator, and mule. It has been no bed of roses, and clean gas station toilets are few and far between, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Do yourself a favor and come out to see Neko Case at the Canopy Club on Friday, Nov. 6 with supporting artist Sarah Harmer. The show starts at 10:30 p.m., and tickets are $22 in advance. See you there!

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