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Music, A Confusing Case of Neko? That's Where You Come In

A Confusing Case of Neko? That's Where You Come In

The first time I wrote a real music review, real like for money, I choked. I'd done all the research, the interviews, everything. But the night before the deadline I blanked and couldn't write a word. I called my editor,…
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Music, All Shook Down The High Five: 5 New Songs That You Need to Hear

The High Five: 5 New Songs That You Need to Hear

This week's selections are best understood and savored through steady repetition. While songs by the Weeknd and Neko Case build steadily into heart-wrenching wails, the antics of Hellogoodbye and Sebadoh reveal their sparkling complexity at a slower clip. The common…
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Music, All Shook Down The Hunger Games Soundtrack: Five Things You Need to Know

The Hunger Games Soundtrack: Five Things You Need to Know

As you may have gathered from all the relentless hype and advertising and media anticipation, The Hunger Games movie is finally out today. And, yes, despite our vaguely dismissive tone, we're actually thoroughly excited about the whole thing. Especially since…
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Music, All Shook Down Watch the Dodos and Neko Case Soar Through 'Don't Try and Hide It' on Jimmy Fallon

Watch the Dodos and Neko Case Soar Through 'Don't Try and Hide It' on Jimmy Fallon

San Francisco's very own Dodos hit network TV on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon yesterday, bringing along occasional member Neko Case for a special version of "Don't Try and Hide It." Notable aspects include: Case's high-pitched accents on the…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Links: Secret Alley Show This Weekend, a Chat with Bob Mould, and More

Music Links: Secret Alley Show This Weekend, a Chat with Bob Mould, and More

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Music, All Shook Down So, What Do Neko Case's New Tattoos Mean?

So, What Do Neko Case's New Tattoos Mean?

Anyone at Stern Grove on July 3? (Yes, duh.) Anyone notice anything different about the arms of alt-country singer and cult figure Neko Case? Well, we did. Case, you see, recently got large tattoos on each of her forearms.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Neko Case's New Tattoos: What They Mean

Neko Case's New Tattoos: What They Mean

We saw Neko Case at Stern Grove on July 3 -- so did you, judging by the number of people up in the trees. Go, tree people! But we got there at 10 insane a.m., and were gettin' a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fun with Neko

Fun with Neko

Dear Neko Case, after you're done blissing out the crowd at the outdoor park show, here are some things San Francisco might do for you. (Besides having brung you your pals the Dodos.) You could go on a whale-watching boat…
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Music, A Guide to NorCal Music Festivals

A Guide to NorCal Music Festivals

Even in San Francisco, there are so many music festivals that it can be hard to keep them all straight. Start taking into account some of the bigger annual festivals around Northern California, and it's darn near impossible to remember…
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Music, All Shook Down Mountain Winery 2011: Huey Lewis! Grace Potter! Neko Case! Yacht Rock!

Mountain Winery 2011: Huey Lewis! Grace Potter! Neko Case! Yacht Rock!

​Sorry for all the exclamations, but there's a lot of shows here we're going to make our parents take us to. The Mountain Winery recently announced its schedule for 2011, and there are some most notable artists coming. Among them, a…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Friday night at Bottom of the Hill, Mike Watt reminded us what a natural talent he is on the bass. Between bringing up a former member of the Stooges onstage and reprising some material from his years with…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Meric A

A Meric A

Local doodz make good: The Dodos are really just a couple of Bay Area music nerds with a lot of soul. Meric Long and Logan Kroeber have been in many bands, worked many jobs, and toured the country in vans.…
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My Morning Jacket, Neko Case, Ween To Headline High Sierra Music Festival

Last weekend we were all talking about snow, but right now, let's talk about summer. Specifically, that oh-so-summery High Sierra Music Festival, which today announced My Morning Jacket, Neko Case, and Ween as its headliners. This year's festival kicks…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Neko Case Raffles Her Fully Restored 1967 Mercury Cougar for 826 National

Neko Case Raffles Her Fully Restored 1967 Mercury Cougar for 826 National

Uncategorizable but country-flecked singer and composer Neko Case is inscrutable. Like her lyrics and song structure, her deportment is unpredictable and posessed of a feral generosity. These days, Case is busy giving away her 1967 Mercury Cougar, the one she…
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Music, All Shook Down The Dodos Dodge Extinction A Little Longer With Neko Case

The Dodos Dodge Extinction A Little Longer With Neko Case

You know what they say about porn stars and monogamy. No? Well, surely someone must have said something about it once. Point is, San Francisco twosome The Dodos announced yesterday that alt-country vixen and sometime New Pornographer Neko Case would…
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Music, All Shook Down The New Pornographers and the Dodos at the Fox Theater

The New Pornographers and the Dodos at the Fox Theater

The New PornographersThe DodosImaad WasifJuly 18, 2010 The Fox Theater, Oakland Better than: The old pornographers, presumably As everybody who is not Canadian knows, the New Pornographers consist of the main guy, the weird guy, Neko Case, the other gal,…
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Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Wednesday's Pick: Jakob Dylan and Three Legs

What To Do? Wednesday's Pick: Jakob Dylan and Three Legs

​Rarely has a great songwriter, a man who is an icon and a joy to behold, been very nearly outclassed by his backup singers. The only other example we know is the early work of Gram Parsons and his tiny…
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Music, All Shook Down Track of the Day: Visqueen Hands Down Noise Pop Love

Track of the Day: Visqueen Hands Down Noise Pop Love

How 'bout some old-fashioned power pop? The kind with a horn section, a strong female singer who can belt out the hooks, a chorus that calls out to "come and get your love," and guest backing vocals by Neko Case?…
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Listomania 2009: College Records of the Year

College-Rocker Records of the Year Yeah, pal, that's "college rock," scare quotes very much included. Look, it's a meaningless term. As are "indie," "alternative," "hipster," etc., etc. Let's not overthink this: Here we have 10 splendid records with an amorphous…
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Calendar, Night&Day Always on a Sunday

Always on a Sunday

"The Future Project: Sunday Will Come" is a collaboration among many people, mainly actor-writer Sean San Jose and dancer Erika Chong Shuch. The performance involves semi-experimental danced and spoken meditations on the future, which reminds us of some Neko Case…
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