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Premature Evaluation: Cat Power Sun

If you’re an indie rock fan of a certain vintage, then the phrase “Cat Power breakup record” might inspire a certain dread in your heart. You might have uncomfortable memories of watching Chan Marshall only barely gutting her way through solo performances, hiding behind her hair, sheepishly stuttering between songs, while the audience made encouraging… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 14, 2012 - 4:24 pm

Cat Power – “Cherokee (Nicolas Jarr Remix)”

We’ve heard two tracks from Sun, Cat Power’s forthcoming album, and both “Ruin” and “Cherokee” embrace pieces of pop music that we might have never expected to cross Chan Marshall’s radar: textured synths, polished programmed beats, Auto-Tune. On his remix of “Cherokee,” the young ambient-electronic auteur Nicolas Jaar pushes those elements further, bringing Marshall into… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 7, 2012 - 9:51 am

The 10 Best Cat Power Songs

Last month, Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, released her first single since 2006, “Ruin.” The track comes from her forthcoming Matador long-player, Sun, which is Marshall’s first album of entirely original material since 2006’s The Greatest.

In her 17 years of recording music as Cat Power, Marshall has evolved from a neurotically nervou… More »

By: Liz Pelly / August 2, 2012 - 4:55 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: June 2012

It’s our first mixtape of summer! Accordingly, you should probably just act first and think later and just download it with reckless abandon, as you should do absolutely everything now that it is the season of impulsive behavior. But if you are incapable of such youthful indiscretion without examining the fine print/weighing every possible life… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 26, 2012 - 3:00 pm

Cat Power – “Cherokee”

Last week we heard “Ruin,” a strikingly upbeat number from Cat Power’s new album Sun. Today, NPR’s All Songs Considered debuted another track, the album opener “Cherokee.” It’s a percussive, uptempo beauty that bounces Chan Marshall’s vocals off of each other. Hear it at NPR; it happens at about 17:00 into the program. Sun i… More »

By: Corban Goble / June 26, 2012 - 11:31 am

Cat Power – “Ruin”

Chan Marshall hasn’t released a new Cat Power album since the 2008 covers collection Jukebox, but she’ll return to the game in September with the new LP Sun, an album that she recorded around the same time that she went through a bad breakup with the actor Giovanni Ribisi. The first single is “Ruin,” and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 18, 2012 - 12:33 pm

Cat Power Announces New Record

Chan Marshall keeps it pretty real on the Cat Power Twitter handle, so this one’s all her. New album announcement:… More »

By: Corban Goble / April 23, 2012 - 11:05 am

Cat Power Cancels Israel Show

Cat Power had been planning to play a 2/13 show in Tel Aviv, but on her Facebook, she claims that she won’t be playing that show after all. After initially posting something about figuring out a way to play a show for Palestinian fans in Ramallah, Chan Marshall posted this: “DUE TO MUCH CONFUSION IN… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 9, 2012 - 5:26 pm

Cat Power – “King Rides By” (2011 Version) Video

As promised via her Twitter over the last week, today Cat Power unveiled a new version of “King Rides By” (originally from her ’96 LP What Would the Community Think) and a Giovanni Ribisi-directed video featuring Filipino boxer/politician Manny Pacquiao. Hear the song while you watch Manny work the speed bag below. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 24, 2011 - 1:37 pm

New Cat Power Song, Video Out XMas Eve

Chan, take it away:

Exciting! It’s been a while. More »

By: Corban Goble / December 16, 2011 - 4:44 pm

Five Indie Types Who Would Do Well On X Factor… And Five Who Wouldn’t

Tonight, as anyone who’s been near a TV in the past month already knows, the much-hyped Fox singing-competition show The X Factor makes its debut. The Americanized version of the hit British show might be new to us, but then again, it’s not really new to us. Simon Cowell is the man responsible for putting… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 21, 2011 - 6:27 pm

Cat Power Sings A New Tune

Chan Marshall performed a slow, spacious new Cat Power song Friday 2/4 at the Fillmore in San Francisco. She was backed by the Dirty Delta Blues Band aka Dirty Three’s Jim White, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s Judah Bauer, and the Delta 72’s Gregg Foreman (aka #the90s). More »

By: brandon / February 8, 2011 - 11:45 am

Great Moments From Matador At 21 @ The Palms, Las Vegas

So that happened. It’ll take a few days of drying out and shutting eyes to come to terms with all that transpired in Las Vegas this weekend, though in the spirit of Matador’s three-day, boozy, purely winning 21st birthday blitz through its roster history, here’s a barely bound and scattered stream of its highlights i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 5, 2010 - 11:57 am

Outside Lands 2010 In Photos

When we posted the Outside Lands festival lineup, we mentioned how the San Fransisco festival tried to fit it “between a jam and a rock space,” especially with Further (featuring the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and Phil Lesh) and the Strokes headlining on Saturday. According to our photographer Graeme Flegenheimer there was a hippie/hipster divide… More »

By: jessica / August 16, 2010 - 3:57 pm

Guided By Voices Reunite For Matador 21st Anniversary Party

Jesus Lizard put on great shows in the ’90s. Just as intense, albeit in a different way, were Guided By Voices’ acrobatic karate-kicking, beer-swilling collagist epics. It’s unclear if Robert Pollard & Co. will have as much energy in 2010 (he will), but regardless, the “classic” ’93-’96 lineup’s getting back together in Las Vegas for… More »

By: brandon / June 29, 2010 - 2:51 pm

All Saints Day (Vivian Girls Side Project) – “It’ll Come Around”

Vivian Girls’ Katy Goodman, aka Kickball Katy, and Cat Power keyboardist/guitarist/ex-Delta 72 dude Gregg Foreman have a new project, All Saints Day. The first available track “I’ll Come Around” sounds like Vivian Girls washing up (or Washed Out) on the beach, i.e. it’s warmer and more synthesized than Goodman’s other band. There’s also something MBV,… More »

By: brandon / March 30, 2010 - 4:52 pm

The 25 69 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2010

This year in music was great and we’rea gonna let it finish (sorry), but in terms of notable album releases the ship has sailed. No offense, 30 Seconds To Mars. While the Gummys’ virtual poll booth remains open for a few more days (did we mention filling out the ballot enters you to win the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 24, 2009 - 5:41 pm

How Bad Is My Blueberry Nights?

Wong Kar Wai’s first English feature, which featured the acting debuts of Norah Jones and Cat Power, is this week’s nominee in Videogum’s Hunt For The Worst Movie Of All Time. It’s pretty terrible, save for Chan, who remains the greatest. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 19, 2009 - 12:38 pm

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… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 12, 2009 - 9:44 am

Cat Power Covers More Songs

That Lincoln Cat Power commercial sure has been getting a lot of airplay. For those of you who like your Chan without a sale pitch, Dark End Of The Street, a double 10″ Cat Power EP, is coming out in time for the holidays (don’t worry vinyl virgins, it’ll be available in digital form, too). More »

By: brandon / October 1, 2008 - 6:01 pm