Neko Case at House of Blues, 1/26/2014
To make up (somewhat) for being away for so long, Case even gave us a bonus encore, "Star Witness." While the evening l the way at the back of the hall by the bathrooms, a solitary couple danced all the way at the back of the hall by the restrooms. Even from halfway across the room, it was obvious they oblivious to anything in the world beside themselves, and her.
So, How Was the Opener: Thao & the Get Down Stay Down offered more to recommend the Washington, D.C. band than just that impossible-to-forget name. Their bubbly, electro-laced indie-pop is sometimes too quirky by half but not without its charms, hinting at country and doo-wop in appealing ways while remaining thoroughly modern. Good stuff.
Personal Bias: My cat's name is Neko. Long story as to how that came about, but Ms. Case is the reason it's spelled the way it is.
The Crowd: NPR-ish couples. Lots of black-frame eyeglasses. Judging by their hair, a few people who had possibly just rolled out of bed.
Overheard In the Crowd: "I would wear the hell out of those pants" -- Suffers lead singer Kam Franklin, who happened to be our tablemate.
Random Notebook Dump: Wonder if we'll get another New Pornographers record anytime soon.
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