Neko Case - Orpheum Theater - 9/12/2013

Neko Case
Orpheum Theater
September 12, 2013

Had she not mentioned it, you probably never would have known that Neko Case was suffering from an annoying head cold at her nearly sold-out show last night at Phoenix's lovely Orpheum Theater. Her sickness showed no intentions of betrayal to her glorious voice as she owned the room beginning to end, delivering nearly 20 songs with the haunting perfection that has garnered a devoted, often rabid, following.

When Neko and her band launched the night with "Where Did I Leave That Fire" from her new release, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, it was hard to keep the tingles at bay as she offered those universal lyrics reflective of that personal pain that inspires the desire to, in some or any way, just fucking disappear: "A chill ran through me / And I grabbed on tight / That was when I left my body for good / And I shook off all the strength I'd earned / I wanted so badly not to be me."

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Amy Young is an arts and culture writer who also spends time curating arts-related exhibits and events, and playing drums in local bands French Girls and Sturdy Ladies.
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