There have been times when listening to Cat Power has felt a bit like listening to Chan Marshall trying to will herself out of a depression. But in a generous, openhearted kind of way — like she’s trying to help her audience out of one, too. (The typography on her 2003 album You Are Free is arranged so that at first glance it reads, “You Are Cat Power.”) And in a way it’s rather remarkable that someone who once sang “the music is boring me to death” with an air of Plathian despair has come to radiate the kind of confident peace that Marshall does on her more recent work. Sun, released in 2012, ends with “Peace and Love,” a defiantly upbeat song that would have seemed impossible a decade-and-a-half ago. This will be a solo set, but with all due respect to Steve Shelley, Mick Turner, Jim White and other past collaborators, the power of Cat Power has always come from Marshall’s voice, which can summon a lifetime of pain and joy, sometimes in the same breath.
Wed, Nov 6 | 8:00 PM
3rd & Lindsley