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This week’s 5 Best Songs cover a pretty big age range, career-wise. We’ve got the old guard still kicking ass and taking names (in a really pretty, gentle way), a relatively young band taking a step forward, and — perhaps most excitingly — the top three slots are all taken by artists who have yet… More »

Shakira first entered my consciousness around the turn of the millennium courtesy of my high school Spanish teacher, a friendly young white American woman married to a man from Colombia. She and her husband, she often informed us, were huge Shakira fans, as was all of Latin America. Sometimes, in an effort to expose u… More »

Writing is about myth making. Taking the true aspects of yourself and defining them so clearly that they become you. Marginal personality tics explode into full character traits, sadness becomes a vehicle for personal exploration, happiness, when you can pull it off, becomes euphoric.

Chan Marshall, as Cat Power, is great at thi… More »

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Cat Power To Narrate Janis Joplin Documentary

Janis, Amy Berg’s eponymous documentary about Janis Joplin, is slated for world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in early September. In advance of its screening, it has now be revealed that the documentary will feature narration from Chan Marshall, the creative force behind Cat Power and a slew of other artistic endeavors. More »

By: Caitlin White / July 29, 2015 - 4:42 pm

Preview Cat Power’s Turn As An Animated Gorilla In Adult Swim’s China, IL

Joining the ranks of plenty other musicians who have guest-starred on Adult Swim series, Cat Power aka Chan Marshall will be featured on the season finale of the animated show China, IL. Marshall will play Kei-ko, a sad gorilla, and sing several songs, including “I’m Starting To Lose Hope Again,” which was penned by show… More »

By: Caitlin White / June 12, 2015 - 3:27 pm

Cat Power Had A Baby

Chan Marshall is a mom now. As far as I know, the always-private Cat Power hasn’t said anything publicly about being pregnant. But Marshall has been thinking about something a lot of us have been thinking about in the past few days: The heartbreaking unrest in Baltimore in the wake of Freddie Gray’s awful death. More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 28, 2015 - 9:00 am

Watch Cat Power Play A New Song In Istanbul

Chan Marshall’s output at Cat Power has mostly consisted of guest spots since the release of her 2012 album Sun, including features with J Mascis, Coldplay, and Willis Earl Beat. She’s been performing all over the world in that time, though, and recently made a stop in Istanbul for a two-night concert event at a… More »

By: James Rettig / November 26, 2014 - 9:56 am

Cat Power Playing Free Benefit Show For Ferguson Protesters

Cat Power has announced a free benefit show for Ferguson protesters that will take place on Sunday. In an Instagram, she said that “all proceeds will go to help protestors get out of jail & any needed supplies & food for protestors & flowers for rifles.” The singer has been actively spreading awareness about Ferguso… More »

By: James Rettig / August 22, 2014 - 8:31 pm

Uber Spokesman Diplo Preps Collabs With Lorde, Cat Power, Madonna, Chris Brown

In a cover story for Billboard, reigning pop king Diplo shared a wealth of information about upcoming collaborations, his “perpetual motion machine” lifestyle, and his sponsorship deal with Uber. Here are the goods: In 2015, he’s putting out a new Major Lazer album and launching a Major Lazer cartoon on Fox about a “Rasta superhero,”… More »

By: Peter Helman / August 22, 2014 - 2:19 pm

Read Cat Power’s Letter In Support Of “School Of Doodle” For Teenage Girls

Last week, a bunch of great artists including Kim Gordon, Yoko Ono, and Courtney Love threw their support behind a Kickstarter for School Of Doodle, a free online high school for girls. The campaign has reached its fundraising goal, but there are still a few weeks left to donate. Cat Power penned a letter for… More »

By: James Rettig / August 5, 2014 - 10:25 am

J Mascis – “Wide Awake” (Feat. Cat Power)

Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis casually announced his new album Tied To A Star on Late Night With Seth Meyers a few months back and shared the spry “Every Morning.” The world-weariness of his latest song “Wide Awake” has more in common with the quiet intensity of his last solo album Several Shades Of WhyMore »

By: James Rettig / July 29, 2014 - 7:57 pm

Watch Cat Power Perform With Eddie Vedder In Portugal

Eddie Vedder sang backup on a couple of songs on Cat Power’s 2003 album You Are Free, and she repaid the favor when she showed up on “Tonight You Belong To Me,” a song from Vedder’s 2011 LP Ukulele Songs. This past weekend, Vedder played a solo set at Portugal’s Super Bock Super Rock festival… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 22, 2014 - 10:34 am

Cat Power & Coldplay – “Wish I Was Here”

Wish I Was Here, director Zach Braff’s long-in-the-works Garden State follow-up, looks like molten garbage, but perhaps Braff deserves credit for lining up some musical big dogs for the movie’s soundtrack. We’ve already heard the Shins’ “So Now What” and Bon Iver’s “Heavenly Father,” and now the unlikely collaboration “Wish I Was Here” has made… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 7, 2014 - 12:08 pm

Cam’ron & A-Trak – “Dipshits” (Feat. Juelz Santana) Video

If you were a certain type of rap fan in the early-to-mid-’00s, get ready to feel a wave of nostalgia blow you completely over. Cam’ron has lately been working on Federal Reserve, a new collaborative EP with A-Trak, and first single “Humphrey” captured some of that old Dipset magic. The new video for “Dipshits” ha… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 14, 2014 - 12:25 pm

Cat Power x Chris Martin, Bon Iver, The Shins Soundtrack Zach Braff’s Garden State Follow-Up

It’s a bit of a punchline now, but Garden State, the 2004 directorial debut from Zach Braff, represented a major moment in indie’s progression towards crossover status. The Shins weren’t just a song playing in the background; they were a plot point. Braff hasn’t directed another movie in the years since, but his follow-up WishMore »

By: Tom Breihan / March 27, 2014 - 2:15 pm

Willis Earl Beal – “Coming Through” Video (Feat. Mischa Barton)

When was the last time you thought about Mischa Barton? The former The O.C. star shows up in Willis Earl Beal’s new video for the Cat Power collaboration “Coming Through,” a lo-fi short film in which Barton falls in with Beal’s (fictitious) religious group, the Church Of Nobody. The song, culled from last year’s NobodyMore »

By: Chris DeVille / February 18, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Cat Power – “Free (Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Some of the music on the new Girls soundtrack Girls Volume 2: All Adventurous Women Do is brand new (Jenny Lewis and Rostam Batmanglij’s “Completely Not Me” and Beck’s “Blue Moon,” for instance), and some of it is old (“Wonderwall”). Today we present something in between: A fresh remix of Cat Power’s 2003 classic “Free,”… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 24, 2014 - 12:21 pm

Hear Cat Power Sing “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” In An Apple Commercial

Collisions between indie rock and the advertising world are commonplace now, and today we get Chan Marshall singing “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” in an ad for Apple. It’s really effective, too, if you’re willing to let a TV commercial move you. Watch below. More »

By: Miles Bowe / December 17, 2013 - 2:33 pm

Watch Cat Power Sing With Willis Earl Beal In Brooklyn

A few days ago Chan Marshall and Willis Earl Beal performed at the Knitting Factory, and now we’ve got some video of the two singing together. Marshall is sitting on the ground and a little reluctant at first when Beal begins with Dylan’s “Pledging My Time.” Eventually Beal sits down with her and the two… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 31, 2013 - 12:57 pm

Watch Sky Ferreira & DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith Cover Elliott Smith

Last night, in remembrance of the 10 year anniversary of Elliott Smith’s death, several musicians gathered at Glasslands in Brooklyn to celebrate his songs. An Elliott Smith Tribute Show performers included Cat Power, Sky Ferreira, Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz), Aaron Pfenning (ex-Chairlift), Marissa Nadler, Zachary Cole Smith (DIIV), and others. Check out our photos from… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 22, 2013 - 11:20 am

Cat Power, Zachary Cole Smith, Sky Ferreira To Play Elliott Smith Tribute Show

It feels like a swift kick to the stomach to say, but on 10/21 it will be 10 years since iconic singer/song-writer Elliott Smith passed away. On that day this year, Cat Power, Zachary Cole Smith with Sky Ferreira, and more will pay tribute to the singer at a concert at Brooklyn’s Glasslands. Other performer… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 1, 2013 - 12:27 pm
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