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Neko Case Explores Vast Catalog at TRAF

Neko Case
Three Rivers Arts Festival
Point State Park
June 13, 2015

Photos and re-cap by Randy Jarosz

Neko Case returned to Pittsburgh last Saturday not in support of a new album, but rather to show off her extensive library of music. Case’s most recent album was put out in 2013 called “The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You,” and was nominated as the best alternative music album during the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. There were a healthy number of songs from the acclaimed album but was certainly not the focal point.

Neko Case opened the show with “Hold On, Hold On,” from 2006 and then delved into “Bracing for Sunday.” Case’s voice is impeccable on “The Pharaohs,” and really shined through the entire evening. Case has an undeniable stage presence, often joking with the crowd. Case switched guitars frequently claiming that she had a lot of guitar straps and wanted to show them off. “It’s all about the strap,” said Case.

I’ll have to admit I screwed up a couple of times because it is so beautiful over there,” said Case, while pointing to Mt. Washington. “Iv’e already picked out the house I want to live in,” she admits before the encore, “That Teenage Feeling.”

Case spoke highly of Pittsburgh and went on to mention Mr. Rogers, saying “Daniel Tiger was my first crush.” The crowd erupted during the next encore, “John Saw That Number,” from 2006’s Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, a song Case hadn’t pulled out of her comprehensive catalog in a long time. She finished her set with “Man,” one of the heavier tunes from the evening.

Neko Case Setlist Three Rivers Arts Festival 2015 2015

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