Nathan (vovat) wrote,

It's a killing party, and you're all invited

Last night, bethje and I went to see Neko Case at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. This was a pretty big, swanky venue compared to others at which we've seen Neko in the past. The first few times we saw her were at the Tin Angel, which is quite small, so she's definitely moved up in the venue world. It's kind of weird, because most of the musicians I like have been playing venues of around the same size since I first starting seeing them live. It's cool that Neko is getting more attention from the public, but I do miss the more intimate shows at smaller places. Then again, the Kimmel Center has much more comfortable seating than the Tin Angel, and we were right up front.

The opener was Jason Lytle, who was all right. His music didn't really hold my interest, but it wasn't bad, and he had a pretty good voice. Neko is always a good performer, and she and Kelly Hogan got in quite a bit of amusing between-song banter, including a running gag about the School of Soft Rock. The set was very heavy on songs from Middle Cyclone, and I'm not sure it included anything from albums prior to Blacklisted. I would have liked to have more earlier stuff, especially since Furnace Room Lullaby is my favorite album of hers, but Neko is hardly the first musician to eschew old songs in favor of new in her live sets.
Tags: concerts, neko case

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