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Alexandria, Washington DC VA, United States (1994 – present)

Neko Case (born September 8, 1970, in Alexandria, Virginia) is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her solo career and her contributions as a member of the Canadian indie rock group The New Pornographers.

Case moved around often as a child, spending the largest part of her youth in Tacoma, Washington. She left her parents at age 15 and three years later she started playing drums for several bands around the Northwest’s punk rock scene. In 1994, she moved to Vancouver, BC to enter art school, and simultaneously joined the punk group Maow, who released a record on the Mint label. She also played with roots rockers The Weasles, and eventually formed her own backing band, the Boyfriends, which initially featured alumni of The Softies, Zumpano, and Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet.

Case released her solo debut, The Virginian, in 1997, delving wholeheartedly into traditional country via a mix of covers and originals. She went on to perform with Carolyn Mark in the old-timey side project The Corn Sisters, and recorded with the Vancouver indie supergroup The New Pornographers, which she continues to be a member of. In 1998, Case completed her studies and, with her student visa expired, returned to Washington and began work on her second solo album. The lovely, melancholy Furnace Room Lullaby was released on Bloodshot Records in 2000 and won high praise from most critics.

Case subsequently relocated to Chicago, home of a thriving alt-country scene, and released the home-recorded Canadian Amp EP in 2001.


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  • isitbeer30yet

    @sifelltneytandi: I'll call it country if I think it's country. "I wish I was the moon," for example gives that Patsy Cline type country feel... "Hold On, Hold On," has more of an indie/ folk feel. There is a psychedelic component to some of her music that can not be denied. This is what separates her from the country designation. Her music is also more complicated than your average country song. I also like the fact that she doesn't use the fake, exaggerated "drawl" in her voice like so many country artists use. I don't know who is worse about it... the guys or the girls in country music.

    27 Jul 4:43pm Reply
  • jazzthieve

    It's alt-country, nothing wrong with that.

    20 Jul 7:04pm Reply
  • Tymbolic

    "Love when people are too self conscious to call Neko country " haha, yep

    26 Jun 8:35am Reply
  • barium62

    Esto no es country, es folk. Y buen folk c: (2)

    25 Jun 3:11pm Reply
  • JorechDalc

    Esto no es country, es folk. Y buen folk c:

    30 May 2:14am Reply
  • Joshy1kz

    She has a big alt-country sound to me. Regardless, <3 her sound!

    11 May 2:21am Reply
  • sifelltneytandi

    Love when people are too self conscious to call Neko country

    10 Apr 3:13pm Reply
  • isitbeer30yet

    Country? not really... more like indie folk. Love it

    7 Apr 7:35pm Reply
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  • palanwen

    Holdin' out.. for that teeeeenage feeeeelin'....

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • girlofdreams

    I never thought I was like country genre, but I met this woman, one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard. <3

    2 Dec 2014 Reply
  • epicmeme

    furnace room lullaby is goat

    28 Nov 2014 Reply
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    28 Nov 2014 Reply
  • sls

    in my experience, nekos don't like being cased

    25 Oct 2014 Reply
  • jane_eyre07

    I love Neko's music so much. She is one of the few artists I never get tired of and is one of the best lyricists, musicians, and singers around!

    9 Sep 2014 Reply
  • OutroWithBees

    Happy Birthday to Neko! Thanks for the music, foxy lady <3

    8 Sep 2014 Reply
  • luke_suspicious

    Her output is unique and unparalleled in the industry. I'm personally assured no artist, male or female, can ever produce pieces of nocturnal lyricism and instrumental/melodic brilliance such as "Blacklisted", an emblematic instance of her talents shining relentlessly throughout a whole body of songs.

    2 Sep 2014 Reply
  • HighOnSunday51

    She is just absolutely amazing, and has the most beautiful and powerful voice in the entire world...I could listen to her sing forever. Middle Cyclone is one of my favourite albums ever but they're all so amazing... <3

    25 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Babs_05

    Her voice is as beautiful live as it is recorded! Saw her tonight. :D

    16 Aug 2014 Reply
  • semionato

    I SECOND THAT. i'd love to see neko live.

    15 Jul 2014 Reply
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