We are giving away a pair of tickets to case/lang/veirs @ 2016 Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts on July 2. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, June 27.
From our sponsors:
case/lang/veirs (neko case / k.d. lang / laura veirs)
July 2, 2016
Doors: 5 pm / Show: 7 pm | $43.50 – $73.50 (includes digital download) | All Ages
Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts
4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221
With every ticket purchased online for case / lang / veirs, you will receive one digital copy of their self titled upcoming album, in stores 6/17/16. On the albums release date, you will receive instructions via email on how to redeem your album. For ticket purchases made after the album release date you will receive redemption instructions 7-10 days after your order is placed.
Several years ago on a whim, k.d. lang sent an email to Neko Case and Laura Veirs that said, “I think we should make a record together.” The three musicians were very different and barely more than acquaintances–but they liked and admired each other, and it instantly felt right. “She lit the flare,” says Case. “She shot it into the air and we said, ‘Let’s do this.’ Laura and I both responded immediately. There was no question.”
The result is case/lang/veirs, a true collaboration between three phenomenal, self-driven artists: avant-rock icon Case, legendary musical nomad lang, and indie folk star Veirs. The women wrote all 14 songs and shared lead vocals equally, sometimes even within the same track. Full of stunning harmonies and spellbinding rhythms, case/lang/veirs travels through aches and eras, torch songs and tributes to the undersung.
They worked over two and a half years in Portland, Oregon, where lang and Veirs both live, sometimes in lang’s loft with a view of Mount St. Helens, others in Veirs’ dining room or backyard studio. The album was written from the ground up without any real plan beyond a desire to make music together and a faith that it would reveal itself. “I just wanted to do something different, something fun,” says lang, who started the initial writing with Veirs. “We grappled with how to proceed in the beginning, because we thought scheduling with Neko, who lives in Vermont and is always on the road, would make it hard to get enough good songs written. We thought, should we do a cover record? But we all felt the strongest thing to do would be to try to write, so we persevered. Laura is such a prolific writer, so she really drove the songwriting, and it came together.” They produced the album with Tucker Martine, at his Portland studio in November 2015.
Andy Shauf is a storyteller, a singer of heartbreak and regrets, isolation and loneliness, reflecting his prairie surroundings in Regina, Canada. Meticulously written over four years, Shauf’s The Bearer of Bad News is a warm and welcoming album, bathed in weathered piano, dampened drums, softly-strummed guitars and clarinet, which lends its unique timbre to frequently brighten – or hauntingly underscore – the songs’ darker undercurrents. Fans of Elliott Smith, Nick Drake and Harry Nilsson, take note.