- Neko Case
But if you're as yet unconvinced -- if you're the kind of person who doesn't occasionally mourn the fact that Janis died before you got to see her ripping into "Piece of My Heart" -- well, then, you might be interested in the fact that Neko Case's songs are as powerful as her pipes. Her solo material (as opposed to the power pop she tackles with sometime-band the New Pornographers) triangulates alt-country, classic rock, and Tom Waits-ish noir influences; the best description might be "highway gothic." And Black Listed is her most accomplished work yet. People! What does it take to convince you? You sat through a season of American Idol -- now see the real thing, dammit.