Neko Case Massey Hall, Toronto ON, May 9

Neko Case Massey Hall, Toronto ON, May 9
Photo: Shane Parent
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Neko Case is a rare brand of singer-songwriter who can express as wide an array of emotions with her voice alone as with her lyrics. Variously sad, jubilant, angry and quirky, Case sings like she has no filter between her heart and her vocal chords. It was this raw energy that made her show at Massey Hall captivating from the first note to the last.

Case and her excellent backing band, aided occasionally by members of openers the Dodos, played a set that spanned from her most recent LP to her work with the Sadies. Highlights included a slowly building rendition of "The Pharaohs," a beautiful cover of "Sleep All Summer" by Crooked Fingers and a stark, hard hitting performance of "Nearly Midnight, Honolulu." Neko Case is one of the greatest singer-songwriters of her generation, and last night, she showed that she has only grown better over time.