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Watch Cat Power perform “In Your Face” on KCRW

Cat Power | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Cat Power, the longtime recording project of songwriter Chan Marshall, recently released Wanderer, her first album in six years. Before heading out on tour in support of the new LP, Marshall stopped by Los Angeles NPR member station KCRW for her first live radio session behind Wanderer. She chose one of the album’s slower tracks, “In Your Face,” and stripped it down even further for a raw and emotive performance. Watch it now via NPR Music. Continue reading →

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The National warm hearts and inspire action on a chilly fall evening at the Mann Center

The National | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Indie rock foretellers The National returned to Philadelphia on Thursday night, where they ushered in the beginning of fall with their Sleep Well Beast tour at the Mann Center. With opening sets by Phoebe Bridgers and Cat Power, and a forecast that called for a rain that never really came, the night was a reflective experience brought on by the political undertones of the day and a warming sense of community. Continue reading →

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Cat Power shares new song “Woman,” featuring Lana Del Rey

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Cat Power | photo by Eliot Lee Hazel | courtesy of the artist

After a six-year absence from releasing music, Cat Power is back in full force with a new single and a Lana Del Rey guest appearance. “Woman” is the first full song we’ve heard from her forthcoming album Wanderer, which will be released in the fall; Cat Power previously shared a short preview of the title track. Continue reading →

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Cat Power announces new album Wanderer, playing the Mann in September

Cat Power | photo by Eliot Lee Hazel | via Domino Records

If you’ve been wondering what Cat Power‘s been up to since the release of her last album Sun in 2012, today’s announcement brings some answers. Over the last few years, Chan Marshall, the artist behind Cat Power, has been taking the story of her life’s journey as a touring musician and turning it into song; the result is a new album, aptly called Wanderer. The album will be released on October 5 via Domino Records, and you can preorder it here. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: The National is coming back to Philly and bringing Cat Power and Phoebe Bridgers along

The National | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Prepare yourselves, because there’s an incredibly good show coming our way this fall. So good that it may take a moment or two to process that it is actually happening. It hasn’t been too, too long since we’ve seen The National in town (those who were lucky enough to score tickets, that is) — the band played to a very sold-out Kimmel Center in December, and performed their new album Sleep Well Beast to an even more sold-out Union Transfer last September for NPR Music’s First Listen Live.

This September, The National is coming back to Philly — not to either of the previously mentioned venues, but to the Mann Center. And if that’s not reason enough to get excited, the opening acts will be Cat Power and Phoebe Bridgers. What?! How does a lineup like this even come together? Maybe it’s best not to ask questions, but just mark our calendars and thank whatever cosmic forces made this happen. Continue reading →

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Photos: Cat Power’s Chan Marshall played a solo set at Underground Arts

Cat Power | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmelly.tumblr.com
Cat Power | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmelly.tumblr.com

Last Saturday night, Cat Power‘s Chan Marshall played a solo set at Underground Arts. The long-running indie songwriter released her outstanding album Sun in 2012 and performed a full-band show at The Electric Factory in February of this year. Though Marshall wasn’t tremendously chatty during the solo set, it drew songs from across her catalog as well as a range of covers – “House of the Rising Sun,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” – which Marshall is known for making her own anyway. Check out a gallery of photos from the performance below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cat Power at Underground Arts, Mo Lowda and the Humble at Ortlieb’s, Crash Course in Science at Boot & Saddle and more

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Cat Power brings her solo tour to Underground Arts tonight.  Chan Marshall is currently supporting last year’s Sun LP, a record that once again reinvented the singer-songwriter’s sound in surprising ways.  The last time she was in Philly, Marshall brought her eclectic new style to the Electric Factory with a mixed media backdrop.  This time, it’ll be stripped down and simple.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Nico Turner can be found here.  Watch her video for “Manhattan” below.

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Just Announced: Cat Power will play Underground Arts on 11/16

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After reinventing herself with last year’s Sun LP, indie musician Cat Power will circle back to her early 2000s career and perform a special acoustic show at Underground Arts on November 16th.  Chan Marshall recorded an entirely acoustic album in 2000 called The Covers Record, rearranging songs by The Rolling Stones, Moby Grape, Mae West / Duke Ellington and more.  Since then Marshall’s releases have struck a broad spectrum of influences and sounds (most recently experimental pop), but her presence remains most powerful when it’s stripped down to her voice and a guitar.  Tickets for the intimate event go on sale Saturday, October 12th at noon; more information will be available here.  Watch Marshall perform “Love & Communication” live and then listen to “Sea of Love” below.