Cat Power's Sun Tour Was a Train Wreck at Grand Central Miami, October 11

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Cat Power
Grand Central, Miami
Thursday, October 11, 2012


Better Than: Manhattan after a nuclear war.

For Chan Marshall, better known as Cat Power, the weight of her gifts has proven a heavy burden to shoulder over the years. And as such, most fans understand that purchasing a ticket to see the Atlanta-bred songstress perform comes with the caveat of a potential meltdown, and a rocky ride through some exquisite songs in a best case scenario.

UPDATE Cat Power didn't like Crossfade's concert review, warning, "U F#$% With Me U F#$%in With My Whole Crew."

See also:
-Cat Power: "Miami Beach Reminds Me of Manhattan After a Nuclear War"
-Cat Power's Sun Album, Listen to First Single, "Ruin"
-Cat Power Announces Sun North American Tour, Kicking Off at Grand Central in Miami
-Cat Power Hospitalized in Miami Beach, Tweets Picture of Her Food
-The 21-photo slideshow of Cat Power's Sun Tour at Grand Central


Unfortunately, those that attended Marshall's performance last night at Grand Central bore witness to what might be described, gently, as a less than stellar performance. However, we're not especially gentle, and we're cool with saying that Chan Marshall was a complete train wreck.

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A pretty well-packed club chatted away through Cat Power's only support act, California-based rapper Addiquit. The fact of the matter is that (regardless of how hip-hop infused the new Cat Power album may be) even the highest caliber, rowdiest rapper in hip-hop would've made for awkward direct support to Marshall's smokey ballads and introspective bedroom rock.

And as such, Addiquit was anything but. The young female MC's fusion of semi-cool, danceable beats with insubstantial rhymes and a super-suburban stage presence didn't do the trick. The set was met with indifference, even after the young woman leveled with the audience about "just being a cali-girl that wanted to share her art."

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The Cat Power band broke onto the stage around 10 p.m. to a boisterous crowd that could not be quelled by the now-dimmed blue lighting and gentle piano. Marshall entered after what felt like an eternity of smooth, vintage electric piano, sporting a blonde mohawk and a look of sheer, unfiltered terror. Despite the odd entrance, Marshall's gossamer vocals silenced the crowd -- for the most part.

The first song was the victim of an early end at the hands of Marshall's apparent displeasure with the stage sound, halting the band with a sheepish mumble of "I can't sing this," or something of that nature, though exact quotes were hard to come by between Marshall's mumbling and the crowd prattling away.

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As the band attempted to sweep away the shattered pieces of the first number with an uptempo second song, we could see the sound man scrambling away behind the board, looking concerned and frantically twisting knobs.

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697 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

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recklesskin
recklesskin

ya, i just saw her last night in ny and i completely agree with this article. she is a mess and it's not fair to fans to shell out 30 dollars to watch someone completely unprepared and seemingly not caring. it was horrible she shouldn't be on the road. the band wasn't even playing in time together. i could go on and on but why? i know a good deal of you think her andy kaufman routine is cute or that she's just such a intense artist that us squares just don't get it..well i got it all right, she's wasted, wasted and pretentious and contemptuous of her fans. it's not a good combination.

laurishly
laurishly

@yaddyrap ha, woaaaaahhhhhhhhh

mandm
mandm

Sounds like you should have checked out Austin, TX band Sorne who wowed the audience at PAX, along with Cog Nomen, Boxwood, Tusk and EONS (w/Krisp).

rvergez
rvergez

Bottom line, Cat Power can't take constructive criticism. A reviewer's job is to review, not champion an already overrated performer. Would this review have garnered over 50 comments had it been positive? Probably not. So @jibblesman & @becklebot should be thanking @DavidVonBader  for giving them something else to do besides troll Pitchfork. People love watching a crazy person on stage(Lux Interior, G.G. Allin, Diana Ross, John Maus, etc.) for that sense of danger and excitement. Cat Power's music is bland in my opinion and I can see how maybe an unpredictable performance might make her music more entertaining to digest. I bet you guys listen to Mumford & Sons and Gotye too.

hazal_1987
hazal_1987

People that love Chan go to her concerts knowing what they'll get. It's not like this kind of performance is anything new! David I feel like you went into this with the expectation of a train wreck and had this written in your mind before it happened. Lucky you, Cat Power performed as she normally does- unpredictably. I see the irony there and I'm going I stick to it. No matter what her demeanor, whenever that woman opens her mouth, her fans stand by wide eyed and welcoming of what's about to happen... And they don't care what that is! She's not a pop star, she's an artist. Don't review bands that you can't appreciate the music of.

jibblesman
jibblesman

Articles of this nature are likely to surface when your name is a synonym for Darth Vader masturbating.

jibblesman
jibblesman

I have a few questions, was Jerry Garcia a mess or a "train wreck"? What about Bob Dylan? Iggy Pop? Lux Interior? Michael Houser? Aaron Freeman?I always liked it when Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween) would take a microphone stand and bend it around his neck and then start screaming at the crowd. Does Marilyn Manson move a little bit too twitchy when he is on stage? What about Sly Stone?

metalliver
metalliver

song to chan

i'm gonna tell you

i've never wanted to tell you

but i can't help it anymore

is it you or me on the floor

at the end of every show

 

i was 28, maybe 29

you were the greatest, the greatest,

the greatest you just weren't feeling well

i hope those stars go to hell

 

chan chan bo bong

banana wana hoe hong

fee fie foe fong

chan

 

when you get, what you want

you always want it again

i never take anything

although i sure wish to

how bout you

 

i can't believe i said that

can you believe, i said that?

i hate myself and i want to die

becklebot
becklebot

It amazes me they allow idiots like you to even write let alone publish your bullshyte. Guess you didn't get some extra cash to sway your judgemental self. Go listen to some Brad Paisley and cry yourself to sleep. Nobody gives a hoot about your obvious ignorance.

jibblesman
jibblesman

Uh, what bands does this writer go see? Cher? I'm gonna guess that Will Oldham, Ween, Vic Chesnutt (r.I.p.) or Hem would likely get a similar review. Also, the new Cat Power album is mostly electronic and Chan Marshall layered her voice on the album. It just seems obvious that if the band was going to play this material to sound similar to the album there is no possible way that Chan Marshall could sing all of her vocal parts without having some pre-recorded voice parts. I'm gonna guess that the writer has never actually seen an electronic music performance. I'm also gonna guess that the writer has a severely puckered anus too. I have seen Cat Power enough times to have an idea of what actually transpired and this review just makes the writer sound judgemental. At least he has a job, I guess. Jobs are for losers, by the way.

Crossfade
Crossfade

Cat Power Sun did not like Crossfade's concert review.

frankeason
frankeason

Not sure what show you were watching. I was there and saw something completely different than you. Sure Chan is not a showboat type of performer that loves the spotlight. And that might make for some of her awkward mannerisms on stage. But she is a perfectionist and highly possessive of her art. If it's not right it doesn't make the cut. Her band is professional enough to roll with the punches and scrap a song if she's not feeling it on a given night.

A packed house, stood on feet and watched a truly mesmerizing talent showcase her gifts. She didn't also put on a stage show? Seemed shy and awkward? So what...

delgado
delgado

100% true. 100% embarrassing. Tons of pre-recorded voices and music, in a show where you shouldn't expect it. She is an amazing writer and singer (yesterday she did shine in a couple of moments) but she forgot the professionalism at home. We paid 25$ and we received an amateur show from a Not-ready-to-perform artist. Even though she is a good artist we can not justify every mistake she does..... and it's going to be very hard to forget the "good bye" of Chan with the rest of the band with no-clue of what to do.... awkward.

shackshaker7
shackshaker7

Bitch, where's your music? Oh that's right, your garbage ass music (if you even play) probably sucks ass. That's why you scan the internet putting your dumb ass opinion of true artists for all to see. You probably used to go to G.g. Allin shows to sit in the front row hoping for a cum shot to the face

becklebot
becklebot

Who are mumford and sons and gotye?

jibblesman
jibblesman

"I just wanna party" - Linnea Quigley as Trash in Return Of The Living Dead

jibblesman
jibblesman

Wow! I wish Nina Simone was still alive so that she could sing that at your next birthday party because I would be honored to miss that!

mjorizondo
mjorizondo

 @becklebot Keep in mind that this is the New Times.  Anyone with a personal blog qualifies to fill the pages.

becklebot
becklebot

@jibblesman Will Oldham is amazing. What about Tom Waits and his awkwardness on stage foreshadowed by eccentricity. Saw him and he stopped songs and took 5 minutes to rant about something then continued playing. This writer is a joke.

becklebot
becklebot

@jibblesman he obviously loves Brad Paisley.

jibblesman
jibblesman

So, were the "pre-recorded vocals" actually loops or were they actually pre-recorded vocals? Would any of you even know the difference?

jibblesman
jibblesman

I would call her mannerisms "electric" I would be nervous if I were such a prominent beacon. I would be fearful of sharing my self-generated electricity with some folks. Sometimes everything is the exact opposite of our own perspective but that, we may never know. It is good@frankeason

jibblesman
jibblesman

I totally believe that your perception of everything that ever happens is 100% accurate. @delgado

becklebot
becklebot

There was absolutely nothing constructive about this criticism. Pure malarkey and assumptions. Accusing someone of being on "something" when they are not is reckless and just plain ignorant. Oh, and crazy? Seriously? I don't troll pitchfork or know who the fuck those people are you named. I saw injustice and lies about someones sobriety and it pissed me off. Go crawl back in your cave and eat a shlong.

becklebot
becklebot

@mjorizondo thanks for clearing that up. I was obviously a bit confused. I was too busy assuming people were on "something" without any facts to back up my judgements. Excuse me dearly.

jibblesman
jibblesman

I agree. There have been and there are so many talented artists and musicians out there who don't fit inside of a pre-defined space and I believe that the pressures of thought which go against the creative spark are actually damaging to theartistic process itself. Let's say the show actually did suck, I'm sure that there are a million other ways to express that than aying that someone needs "help" administered by "professionals". Honestly, I believe thatthe writer seems like an uptight yuppie who would like to be a hipster. I will say that I am glad that he shared his opinions because it makes me feel very comfortable sharing mine. This dude sounds like a total goon and I can see why everyone used to make fun of him so much. He is just seeking revenge through alternate channels. @becklebot

becklebot
becklebot

Oh yeah. He's a man. He can do that. this writer has vagina envy.

jibblesman
jibblesman

Probably b/c he got to go backstage and drink some very expensive wine. Paisley won't drink any wine that cost less than $100 a bottle. @becklebot

jibblesman
jibblesman

It would have been nice if the writer knew a little bit about music. I see no mention of the set up Chan was using. I'm also skeptical of the writers perception of other peoples thoughts. Someone shoot me an email and let me know how I could compete for his job. I am way more controversial and I have a greater awareness of my surroundings. Other positive attributes about me are that I am not afraid of dirt, I am not patriotic, I understand most foreign accents, I don't wear ties, I don't care what other people think about me, I like animals and I believe that everyone is a criminal. also, I despise the phrase "Boo-yah" and I believe that fart jokes ruined many Disny movies after Walt passed away.

ian160
ian160

@becklebot Her sobriety... right. So then the tequila she had in her tea mugs was what then?

jibblesman
jibblesman

Now that actually sounds appealing (Instagram) because I usually want head to roll by the time I log off of fb. @becNklebot

jibblesman
jibblesman

Yeah, I deleted my FB page about 15 times but I keep going back b/c I have no idea what Instagram is but I keep hearing about it. I like how we have become trolls and we are using this to make new friends. Wow! we really turned that frown upsidedown!

jibblesman
jibblesman

I'm not on Instagram but I am on Facebok. I have yyet to look into Instagram but I will. @becklebot

jibblesman
jibblesman

I paint and draw. I know exactly what you are saying! I listen to a lot of different music that inspires my mood and the outcome of my creative vision. I take it a step further and support these musicians by buying their music and seeing them perform live. I last saw Cat Power at The Appollo in Harlem N.Y. Igrew up following The Grateful Dead and travelling to see live music has continued throughout my adult life. These shows are a celebration of my life and accomplishments. If a show 100% sucks then that usually means that I was too closed minded to actually take anything away from the experience. I have never blamed that on anyone but myself. Even mud puddles have redeeming qualities and there may come a day when I would actually be thirsty enough to beg or pray for a single mud puddle. @becklebot

becklebot
becklebot

P.s $ addiquit is one of the most talented female vocalists on this planet. Obvious vagina envy. I commend those women for showing this jerkfacedness who the boss really is. Go practice being a loser on someone who doesn't have a spiritual following to force you back into your neanderthal cave. New America ain't got room for you.

becklebot
becklebot

P.s $ addiquit is one of the most talented female vocalists on this planet. Obvious vagina envy. I commend those women for showing this jerkfacedness who the boss really is. Go practice being a loser on someone who doesn't have a spiritual following to force you back into your neanderthal cave.

becklebot
becklebot

@jibblesman I write music and sing and this kind of unnecessary criticism is exactly what keeps me from sharing what talents I know I have with the world. Chan is raw. Unleashed. Something that only comes around maybe once a generation. She's sick because people like this writer find it necessary to get themselves noticed. It's not about him. Leave her alone on her spiritual path and flip off if you have obvious vagina envy. Stick to your own unresolved issues. We all know he's got em. P.s. Don't try to be a damn psychiatrist or an AA sponsor when you have no validation or facts to prove your assumptions. Be absolutely thankful she ever decided to share anything with us.

becklebot
becklebot

@jibblesman in either way I'm laughing hysterically. Guess I better cancel life and get help!

jibblesman
jibblesman

When I say Paisley, I actually mean Tim McGraw.

becklebot
becklebot

@jibblesman nice. At least you got something!

jibblesman
jibblesman

Oh wait, that was me who went backstage and drank Paisleys wine, sorry.

jibblesman
jibblesman

By golly, you have great ideas! My name is ME and I support this message. @becklebot

becklebot
becklebot

@jibblesman would be nice if he actually had any other postings worth reading. Seems like a way to get himself known. Every single thing he's written for this job he has is absolutely borderline suicidal afflicting. Just so sad. Hope he has fun drinking his canned beer.

jibblesman
jibblesman

I'm gonna be in Detroit, Chicago & Milwaukee if anyone wants me to write a more in-depth and jive-assed review of a show. Yeah, I like to dig in and explore what I tell other people. especially if I'm getting paid.

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