Concert review: Neko Case at Rams Head Live last night
Full disclosure: I wouldn't call this a review, per se -- I was mostly busy fumbling and failing with a camera (see above). But here are a few musings from the concert.
Alt-country songtress Neko Case may have been complaining of a toothache last night, but for all the initial banter and mock bellyaching on stage, it sure didn't affect her chilled-out performance at Rams Head Live ...
Presumably because of the toothache, she decided to delegate most of the talking to band mate Kelly Hogan. But Case apparently couldn't help herself and quickly got chatty between songs.
Topics for up discussion: Whether the shrieks from the crowd were a rouge cockatiel or a someone getting a Brazilian, and how the band once slept in van in Fells Point. (The bitter, cynical part of me assumes that anecdote will be reused on the next stop, and Fells Point will be transformed into, say, Adams Morgan).
Sounding crisp and confident, Case doled out a heavy helping of songs from her new album, Middle Cyclone. Normally, I would have preferred more variety, but considering how good Cyclone is, it was a smart move. Case was able to be fresh and please the crowd at the same time, a feat other pop stars would envy.
The show was certainly sleepy and relaxed. You could hear the bartenders commenting about how quiet it was, and several people in the crowd awkwardly tried to dance, but they quickly thought better of it. Yet, as Case delivered lyrics like "don't let this fading summer pass you by," you knew it was just the right vibe for a steamy weeknight.
(Baltimore Sun photo by Tim Swift)