Neko Case plays Variety Playhouse Sept. 13

The leading pioneer for female folk delivers lullabies and sweeping Americana classics

Neko Case Photo By Erika Goldring
Photo credit: Erika Goldring
KEEP ON PICKIN': Neko Case captivates the crowd with familiar folk sounds.

As a leading pioneer for female folk, Neko Case’s latest album, “Hell- On,” brings a familiar folk sound, coming in slow and smooth with a bright, colorful piano, slightly reminiscent of Tom Waits in "Rain Dogs", but with a more soulful, slow-west pace. Since her revolutionary first album, “Blacklisted,” Case has continually delivered beautiful folk lullabies and sweeping Americana classics. Her sound-driven by folk legends of the past-is a breath of fresh air and one hell of a good listen.

Neko Case with Thao and The Get Down Stay Down. 7 p.m. (doors). Thurs., Sept. 13. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E. $35-$55. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com.