Two powerhouse female artists will play Atlanta in the next few days, red-headed ladies who do marvelous things with their voices. First, there’s Neko Case, a wanderer between Americana and power pop, who plays Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Sunday. On Monday, it’s Tori Amos, the piano-pounding, emotional-before-emo artist who takes the stage at Chastain Park Ampitheater.
A little breakdown:
Early on: Born in 1970 in Alexandria, Va.
Education: Moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in the 1990s to attend Emily Carr institute of Art and Design.
Co-conspirators: Played in Vancouver punk and country groups. Recorded as Neko Case and Her Boyfriends on “The Virginian.” Has worked with The Sadies and Carolyn Mark. Still handles some vocals for supergroup The New Pornographers. LISTEN.
Atlanta connection: Her voice appeared on the “Sirens” episode of “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” an Adult Swim show on Atlanta’s own Cartoon Network. (Yep, she’s the red-headed one.)
Want to go? Neko Case plays with special guest Jason Lytle at 8 p.m. Sunday, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. $23-$33. For more information call 770-916-2800 or visit www.cobbenergycentre.com.
Early on: Born in 1963 in North Carolina.
Education: Studied music at the Peabody Conservatory of Music as a kid, then at Montgomery College.
Co-conspirators: Formed a band called Y Kant Tori Read in the 1980s. Has worked with Tom Jones, Andy Gray and Sandra Bernhard. Toured with fellow piano player Ben Folds. LISTEN.
Atlanta connection: She played Center Stage in Midtown just hours before it burned in the 1990s, a “firestarter moment” she joked later. The city remains a regular tour stop for her.
Want to go? Tori Amos plays at 8 p.m. Monday at Chastain Park Ampitheater. $34-44. For more information, visit www.chastainseries.com.
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