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December 6, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Pop music pundits were predicting that the Seattle rap team of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis would show up in Friday’s Grammy award announcement, but few expected the duo to rake in seven nominations.
Even fewer expected the members of Nirvana, whose singer Kurt Cobain has been dead for 19 years, to get a nomination, as well.
But that’s how it came down. (more…)
September 19, 2013 at 1:34 AM
The Paramount Theatre crowd was rowdy and Neko Case was in a playful, somewhat vulgar mood Wednesday night despite battling a head cold.
“We are going to play a lot of f—ing songs,” she announced with a laugh about a third of the way through her 21-song set as she took a glance down at the set list.
Not only did Case play plenty of songs off her new album “The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You,” she also touched on old favorites that got the crowd cheering their approval.
September 11, 2013 at 2:25 PM
Tacoma-raised Neko Case brings her signature, commanding alto and a new collection of great songs to the Paramount Theatre. The New Pornographers singer is touring in support of her excellent new solo album, “The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You,” which The New York Times described as a mixture of “the lucid and the cryptic,” while noting that Case always sings “like she means it.”
The album showcases the singer’s vocal talents well and also reveals a darker side to her songwriting. Expect those things, as well as a great backing band.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $28.25-$33.25 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
September 3, 2013 at 5:30 AM
Neko Case, ‘The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You’ (Anti)
Neko Case’s excellent new album is not particularly easy to digest. It starts with the title, “The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You.”
There are plenty of things going from bad to worse for Case’s characters, including a woman who murders her lover’s brother after she dies giving birth to his baby in “Bracing For Sunday.” Get all that? She weaves this sordid tale in a propulsive song that sounds a lot like her work with The New Pornographers.
There is also plenty of fight and plenty of love. Case slows things down on “Local Girl” to ponder how time and miles “change the way I love you.” Like most of “The Worse Things Get …” it’s a heartbreaking story ensconced in expertly layered indie rock. Guitarist M. Ward and Pornographers drummer Kurt Dahle lend a hand on numerous tunes.
It’s the first solo album for Case since 2009’s excellent “Middle Cyclone” and while she might not be in quite as playful a mood, four years later Case is still on top of her game.
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Other new releases
Nine Inch Nails, “Hesitation Marks” (Columbia)
The Julie Ruin, “Run Fast” (self-released)
Okkervil River, “The Silver Gymnasium” (ATO)
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