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Neko Case Serves Up New Album, Tour

It's been three years since Neko Case enthralled critics and alt-country enthusiasts with her debut album, "The Virginian," and the singer-songwriter seems to be picking up right where she left off with her latest effort.

Case (joined by her Boyfriends) returns to record stores next week with "Furnace Room Lullaby" and is finding a warm reception once again as the title received an "A" from "Entertainment Weekly.

The "no depression" fave now hopes to find a similarly warm greeting as she takes the new material out on the road for a tour that kicks off March 3 in Portland, Oregon.

"Luckily we're not bringing all 18 of the people who appear on the album. We're only bringing five," Case told MTV News of the tour. While a rotating cast of musical co-conspirators contributed to "Furnace Room Lullaby," Case will be joined by a core band of Joel Trueblood, Scott Betts, Carl Newmann,

and

Bill Anderson for the tour.

"I think it sounds pretty much the same as it does on the record," Case said of the stripped-down band's live sound. "The multilayering (of musicians on the album) kind of happens when there's different people on different songs rather than 18 people on one song, so it won't be that hard to duplicate. Generally, when you're playing live, if you kind of simplify things, it sounds better anyway." [RealAudio]

Neko Case and her Boyfriends will release "Furnace Room Lullaby" on February 22, and if you want to hear how the album comes across live, here's where to look:

  • 3/3 - Portland, OR @ Satyricon
  • 3/4 - Eugene, OR @ Sam Bond's Garage
  • 3/5 - San Jose, CA @ Fuel
  • 3/7 - Berkley, CA @ Starry Plow
  • 3/8 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill

  • 3/9 - Los Angeles,
  • CA @ Spaceland

  • 3/10 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
  • 3/11 - Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Roadhouse
  • 3/12 - Las Cruces, NM @ The Club
  • 3/15 - Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room
  • 3/17 - Austin, TX @ Yard Dog (day show at SXSW)
  • 3/18 - Austin, TX @ Antone's (Billions Showcase at SXSW)
  • 3/20 - Houston, TX @ Rudyard's
  • 3/21 - New Orleans, LA @ Mermaid Lounge
  • 3/22 - Atlanta, GA @ Echo Lounge
  • 3/23 - Nashville, TN @ The End
  • 3/24 - St. Louis, MO @ Side Door
  • 3/25 - Chicago, IL @ Double Door
  • 3/26 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
  • 3/28 - Saskatoon, SK @ Amigo's
  • 3/29 - Edmonton, AB @ Black Dog
  • 3/30 - Calgary, AB @ Republik
  • 3/31 - Vancouver, BC @ Richard On Richards
  • 4/1 - Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern