Cat Power/Fool’s Gold @ Avalon, Los Angeles 2/10/09
Continuing a run of shows that’s hit venues both intimate (Music Hall Of Williamsburg) and iconic (the Apollo Theater), Chan settled into Los Angeles’s Avalon Theater for two nights this week. Our photographer Andrew Youssef was there on the first night, telling us Ms. Marshall sounded typically smokey and soulful, and spent the night doing that Chan thing, facing the stage’s sides rather than the crowd. Opening the night was Fool’s Gold, a project comprising three members of Foreign Born and a love of various African pop forms: they tout love for benga (Kenya-based), juju (rooted in Nigeria), and the Congolese genre called soukous (mother of kwassa kwassa, maybe you’ve heard of it). Worth a listen over at MySpace (Ali Farka Toure is one of their top friends, if that helps you with their sound). Chan’s tour concludes tomorrow night (Friday the 13th) at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara.