Live concert series returning to Williamsburg waterfront this year

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Sleigh Bells to perform with Run the Jewels on June 14

We knew that there would be a few shows as part of the Northside Festival, but this is great news. Neko Case kicks off the series in June, which will be called Brooklyn Live at the Inlet:

Indie, deep house, hip-hop and everything in between will be taking over 50 Kent Avenue, starting with Northside Festival’s headlining shows June 12-14 with Neko Case, Built to Spill, Best Coast, Run the Jewels, Sleigh Bells and more. [Read more…]

Listen: the new Neko Case is streaming

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Check out The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You at First Listen:

Case’s gift for disarming commentary carries over to the quotable, thoughtful, frequently lovely songs on The Worse Things Get: She can be bracingly acerbic (as in the aggressive power-pop gender-bender “Man”), boldly inspiring (“Ragtime” again: “I am one and the same / I am useful and strange”), or achingly tender (as in her Nico cover “Afraid,” with its gasp-inducing delivery of the words, “You are beautiful and you are alone”) while conveying equal, virtually boundless charisma.

Recorded with an assortment of her favorite collaborators — including producer Tucker Martine, longtime backup singer Kelly Hogan, M. Ward, her New Pornographers colleague A.C. Newman, Visqueen’s Rachel Flotard, and many more — The Worse Things Get (out Sept. 3) tucks thrills into its margins and doles them out in time-release doses. As her subtle touches suddenly cohere and register as surprises six or eight listens later (wait, are those submarine noises?), it’s clear that Case remains essentially peerless: No one sounds like her, so every little revelation feels altogether new.

New Neko Case Single: “Man”

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Really looking forward to this one:

Neko Case has confirmed that her new album, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You will be released September 3 via ANTI-. The first single from the record is “Man”, which features M. Ward on guitar, and comes with some pretty terrific artwork… Other contributors to The Worse Things Get include Steve Turner (Mudhoney), Howe Gelb, and members of the New Pornographers, My Morning Jacket, Calexico, Los Lobos and Visqueen. The album features eleven original songs plus a cover of Nico’s 1970 song “Afraid”.

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Two Chances to See DIIV On Thursday, Also FREE shows featuring Neko Case, Dan Deacon, and John Maus!

DIIV will be performing for FREE at The Hester at 7PM:

THE HESTER is a progressive and constantly changing space that reflects the dynamic spirit behind the artists, designers, and tastemakers of New York. Bringing the best of innovative design, fashion, and art, THE HESTER will feature the cutting edge jewelry of Arielle de Pinto, the exotic fragrances of Six Scents, the garment district made and dip-dyed dresses of Lindsay Thornburg, the art objects of Kyle DeWoody’s Grey Area, and much, much more.

With interiors designed by Joel Fitzpatrick with furniture designed by Nick DeMarco, THE HESTER is about new experiences: new designers, interior layouts, products, performers, and DJ’s. The space will be as dynamic as the energy that inspires New York.

RSVP at [email protected]

Then, they’ll be playing with Cloud Nothings at 285 Kent Ave. Doors at 8pm, $12. Of course, Dan Deacon and John Maus are playing a free show too. And so is Neko Case. Decisions… decisions.

Inside Neko Case’s Vermont Home

It’s rare that ‘Country Living’ has articles I’m interested in, but here goes. As a wise man once shouted drunkenly at The Bowery “I love you Neko!” [Thanks Colin]

Islands in the Stream: Neko Case and My Morning Jacket