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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.

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A changed Cat Power brings her new aesthetic to the Electric Factory (review, setlist)

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Chan Marshall’s new aesthetic is…

That’s a challenging sentence to finish.  The latest Cat Power album, Sun, incorporates elements of pop, jazz, grunge rock and even rap.  At the Electric Factory last night, her live show wove in as many influences, and then some. For starters, you heard right; Cat Power has a blonde pixie cut.  She has a backing band that looks like the group of kids who smoked cigarettes in high school in the 80’s.  She walked out to “New God Flow” by Kanye West and Pusha T.  She played mostly from her new album and had a video for almost every track.  Each visual was distinct from the one before it.  Clearly, a considerable amount of thought went into how the show would look, sound, and even feel emotionally.  As for the train of thought that determined the show’s aesthetic – or Cat Power’s, for that matter – it was hard to follow. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cat Power at The Electric Factory, Musiq Soulchild at The Blockley, Tiger Waves at Kung Fu Necktie

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Indie pop favorite Cat Power headlines The Electric Factory tonight.  Singer, songwriter and Georgia native Chan Marshall released her first album of original material since 2006 last year with Sun, following up 2008′s covers record Jukebox and 2006′s The Greatest.  Unlike many new releases, Marshall announced the title of Sun back in 2006 when work initially started.  Departing from her previously introverted, quiet and often sad sound, Marshall incorporated bright electronic layers and a tougher vocal style on Sun to trumpet her return.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show can be found here.  Below, watch the video for “Cherokee.”

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Cat Power saves the day in her new video for “Cherokee”

It seems the fate of the world has fallen into Cat Power’s hands in her new video for “Cherokee”, the lead single off of her latest album Sun.   We don’t know what led to the Zombie-esque creatures roaming the desert at dawn, but they’re closing in on Chan Marshall and her comrades.  Watch the video below to see how the post-apocalpytic confrontation unfolds.

Cat Power plays the Electric Factory on October 25th.  Go here for tickets and information.

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Cat Power playing the Electric Factory on Oct. 25; download a new song, “Cherokee”

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With her first album of original material since 2006 just a few weeks away, Chan Marshall – you might know her better as Cat Power – announced a fall tour this morning that brings her to Philadelphia on Thursday, Oct. 25, for a show at The Electric Factory. Tickets to this all-ages appearance go on sale this Saturday at noon. Cat Power’s album Sun is out Sept. 4 on Matador Records; below, you can stream and download the album version of her single “Cherokee,” as well as a remix.