So the cat was let out of the bag this morning in the concert calendar department: Evocative indie songstress Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) will pay a visit to 3rd & Lindsley on Nov. 6. Whether she's working in an alt/indie-rock context as on Moon Pix, partaking of a little Memphian soul on The Greatest, or stirring some electronic enhancements into the mix on her latest (last year's Sun), Marshall is at her best when she finds pressure points and bears down on them. With a smoked-to-perfection voice, she's among the elite singers who can make really, really painful feelings into exquisite art. Not that the work hasn't taken its toll on her: In the past, Marshall has had a rough time with performance anxiety, which she has a sense of humor about, whether or not people give a shit about the letter "Q."
Despite having to cancel some dates after Sun's release last fall due to financial and health issues, Marshall seems to be back on her game; her Saturday afternoon set at Bonnaroo was solid. This time, Marshall is flying solo, so she could rock recent material with a laptop or MPC as in the above video for "Manhattan," or kick it old-school as in the gems after the jump.
Tickets are $28 and go on sale here Monday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m.
Kitten Power, circa 1996 in Knoxvegas:
On French TV in the '90s, paving the way for onetime middle Tennesseean Sharon Van Etten:
With stellar band, delivering the bittersweet "Lived in Bars" on Jools Holland:
And for the halibut, my favorite in her lengthy catalog, which neatly sums up everything great at the core of Cat Power: