Cat Power, Nico Turner | Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Cat Power

Cat Power

When: Thu., Nov. 21, 7 & 10 p.m. 2013
Price: $25, $23 for members
Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, is one of the most notoriously unreliable performers in pop music, with a history of canceling shows (or bailing on them partway through) that runs all the way back to the beginning of her career. But there are few other musicians for whom it’s so worth rolling the dice. In her early work Marshall created a fascinating juxtaposition of fragility and unflinchingly raw emotional content, but on 2003’s You Are Free and 2006’s The Greatest she gradually found a new footing, developing into a solid singer. Now she has enough range and flexibility to take on not only the airy folk she’d made her trademark but also rock, soul, and even full-on electronic club-beat pop, as she proved on last year’s surprisingly bold Sun (Matador). Recently Marshall turned up doing backup vocals for former Chicagoan Willis Earl Beal on “Coming Through,” from the LP Nobody Knows (full disclosure: I share songwriting credit for the song), singing with an easygoing swagger that threatens to steal the show. —Miles Raymer Nico Turner opens.

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