When she released her first masterpiece, Furnace Room Lullaby, in 2000, a few things stood out about Neko Case. There was that voice, for one. And there was a fidelity to her style of country, a kind of homemade version of the classic, full Nashville sound. Case bent the genre to her own purposes by imbuing her distinctive lyrics with noir-ish intrigue, social commentary and autobiography. Since then, her music has only become more eclectic and unique. The new album, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You (Anti), has garnered attention for revelations about her bouts with depression and estrangement from her now-deceased parents. But the album is decidedly of a piece with the rest of her work. Like other Case albums, there are equal amounts of high drama and dark comedy, self-discovery and sympathy. And that voice, of course.
Wed., Sept. 25, 8:30 p.m., $39.40, with A.C. Newman, Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St., 215-627-1332, electricfactory.info.