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Friday 09 May 2014

Here Comes The Sun: Cat Power Cleans Up Her Act Prior To Brighton Festival Visit

Next week Chan Marshall (AKA Cat Power) will drop in on Brighton for a one off performance to present work from her latest album, Sun.

"It is don't look back, pick up, and go confidently into your own future, to personal power and fulfilment,' she says of Sun, which she wrote, recorded and produced herself.

Now almost two decades on from her debut album, she has striped her looks back to basics, having chopped off her hair and dressed down and covered-up.

Chan was born in 1972 and has worked as an American singer-songwriter, musician and occasional actress and model. 

Cat Power was originally the name of Marshall's first band, but has come to refer to her musical projects with various backing bands.

Critics have noted the constant evolution of Power's sound, with a 'mix of punk, folk and blues' on her earliest albums, and elements of soul and other genres more prevalent in her later material. 

Sun incorporates electronica, in a self-proclaimed move from the "really slow guitar songs" she initially wrote for the album.

Marshall's live shows have been known for their unpolished nature, with songs beginning and ending abruptly or blending into one another without clear transitions. 

She has also cut short performances without explanation. On some occasions this has been attributed to stage fright and the influence of alcohol.

Recently, Marshall's performance style has been said to be much more enthusiastic andprofessional. 

Marshall states that her newfound musical collaborators and sobriety are largely responsible for her increased confidence onstage.

Around the time of the release of Sun, Power had to cancel European shows because of illness.

 "I'd get a bump which would itch and itch, then it would turn into a blister. That was the beginning. It just seizes you and there"s nothing you can do.

"What caused it? Just stress with life. The same thing happened when The Greatest came out. A week beforehand I was in the hospital. 

"This time I was psychologically strong enough but I was older, so the stress attacked my organism. I was in a feeling of failure and was angry about it. 

"But you're incapacitated, you can"t get up. It makes you see how quickly you can be dead, without choosing it."

With Sun debuting at a career chart-high of No. 10 on the Billboard 200 chart, it seems Brighton Festival goers are likely to witness a late career high from Cat Power.

Cat Power plays Brighton Dome Concert Hall on 18th May. Tickets £18, £20, £22.50, Festival Standby £10 available from

by: Mike Cobley


After attending WWE Live at the Brighton Centre, earlier this week, Dave Cobley felt it was the perfect time to not only focus on how far the company, and the business as a whole, has come, but also to look at how little has changed.

Back in early September 2017, director Mike Mills emailed Matt Berninger (The National's frontman) to introduce himself and in very short order, the most ambitious project of the National's nearly 20-year career was born and plans for a hard-earned vacation died. 

Following a sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run, award-winning comedian Sarah Keyworth brings her new show, Pacific, to Komedia Brighton, next February. 

Sam Fender, who plays Brighton Dome later this month, recently released Will We Talk?, the final single from his debut album. 
Credit Hugo Glendinning

The first show announced for Brighton Festival 2020 is Double Murder, a two-part contemporary dance for our times, led by the multi-talented choreographer Hofesh Shechter OBE and performed by ten of his inimitable dancers, accompanied by the sounds of a Shechter-composed score. 

Following the release of his seventh studio album Up On High, Vetiver is heading out to Brighton, next month. In something of a rarity, the upcoming date (part of a UK tour) will see Andy Cabic taking to the stage without the accompaniment of his backing band.

Recently Jason Donovan talked candidly to The Brighton Magazine about his first steps in the role of producer, when the new production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert visits Theatre Royal Brighton, later this year. And now Joe McFadden opens up about about starring in the iconic production .. 

RadioReverb is appealing for community groups and charities in Brighton & Hove to nominate themselves as the radio station's Charity of the Year.

"Our last gig of the world tour was September 2018, in Brooklyn - I was done, had written no songs, nothing new, I thought I felt like quitting for a while," says Stereophonics frontman, Kelly Jones.

The Brighton Magazine is excited to bring you an interview with Brighton-based Maisie Adam, who is widely acknowledged as one of stand-up comedy's rising stars.

Brighton-based musician, promoter and studio owner, Stuart Avis, recently sat down with Steve Hackett - ahead of his date at Brighton Dome - who, as one fifth of Genesis during their 1970's prime prog phase, has gone on to build himself a reputation as one of rock's leading and most innovative guitarists. 

Calexico and Iron & Wine first made an artistic connection with In the Reins, the 2005 EP that brought Sam Beam, Joey Burns and John Convertino together. 

Lemon Jelly producer Fred Deakin's The Lasters is an ambitious new solo project inspired by classic concept albums like The Who's Quadrophenia and Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds.

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