Neko Case's voice hits you like a strong river—cool, cleansing, and fresh. It courses right through you, buoys you, and after having its way with you, leaves you somehow—temporarily—purer, and surer. When you're in the same room, it's like a spotlight is individually connecting her to every other person there. If she weren't so damn cool it might actually be kind of creepy. It's readily evident that the alt-country goddess and sometimes-New Pornographer takes her work very seriously. She's also one funny lady, which makes for a terrific live show. Case, who sometimes sounds a tiny bit like the Cowboy Junkies, is also fairly prolific, and if she's not popping up at shows here and there with the Canadian supergroup New Pornographers, she's striking out on her own; more often than not she's on her own these days. With Giant Sand. 18+.
Thu., Sept. 18, 6 p.m., 2008