Solo artist Neko Case's newest, and most chart-topping popular, album Middle Cyclone, thematically captures the sadness and isolation that can result from a failure to cultivate in the growth human relationships. The album features a variety of guest performers and two cover songs, including Sparks' "Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth" and Harry Nilsson's "Don't Forget Me." Case, who has also been featured as a guest vocalist on past albums by The New Pornographers, blends together components of indie, folk and country. She has some awesome red hair, too. Check her out when she visits Charlotte for a performance at NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center's newest venue, Knight Theater. $25.50 and up. 7:30 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.