Neko Case has carved out her own special country place

  • By Andy Rathbun Herald Writer
  • Thursday, May 28, 2009 5:37pm
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Is it the rich voice? Or maybe the long red hair?

Something about Neko Case certainly screams siren.

Her singing has drawn in plenty of fans. Her most recent album, “Middle Cyclone,” earned the country noir singer her highest chart position ever, debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

Fans can ponder her appeal at two upcoming shows. Case has sold out a Seattle date, but tickets remain for a show in her former hometown, Tacoma.

8 p.m. Tuesday, Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma; $31; www.stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; sold out.

USC.12: Grab the glow sticks and spike your hair: The Prodigy and the Crystal Method are playing Saturday at the WaMu Theater.

The groups were lumped together in 1997, when the buzz machine billed their hybrid of electronica and rock as the next big thing.

While it didn’t pan out that way — sadly, the next big thing was boy bands and nu metal — both groups have held onto respectable cult fan bases. They headline this year’s USC.12, or United State of Consciousness 12.

8 p.m. Saturday, WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $50 to $125; ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.

Taking Back Sunday: These emo rockers will roll into Seattle days before the release of their fourth studio album, “New Again.”

That album, the group’s first since guitarist and vocalist Fred Mascherino went solo, has emo circles buzzing about its hard-edged approach, with Alternative Press calling it stellar.

7 tonight, Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle; $25; ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.

Jenny Lewis: Lewis has a lot in common with Neko Case.

Both also sing in popular indie rock bands — Lewis with Rilo Kiley, Case with the New Pornographers — and both veer toward alt-country on their solo outings.

However, Lewis isn’t selling out theaters like Case. At least, not yet.

8 p.m. Sunday, Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $20; ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.

Around the area

20 Riverside: The Everett pop jazz group has a laid-back, sunny appeal; 9:30 p.m. Saturday, the Jet, 800 164th St. SE, Mill Creek; $7 cover; 425-743-4593.

Flowmotion: These funk- rockers and Camano Island blues guitarist Nick Vigarino headline a benefit that could stretch into the evening hours; 2 p.m. Saturday, South Camano Grange; 2227 South Camano Drive, Camano Island; $10 donation; 360-572-4230.

Andy Rathbun: 425-339-3455, arathbun@heraldnet.com.

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