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Cat Power will return to Europe with a small series of shows in Germany this summer. Links for tickets below.

Monday, July 11th - Gloria Theater, Cologne, Germany
Tuesday, July 12th - Centralisation, Darmstadt, Germany
Wednesday, July 13th - Kulturzelt, Kassel, Germany (on sale mid march)
Thursday, July 14th - Kulturarena, Jena, Germany (on sale Feb 25h)
Saturday, July 16th - Zeltival, Karlsruhe, Germany

Other tour dates include:

Friday, April 1st - Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY, US*
Friday, September 2nd - Sunday, September 4th - End Of The Road Festival, Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset, UK.

*w/ Cyndi Lauper, The Polyphonic Spree and Perry Farrell

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Cat Power - Australian Tour Dates, 2016

Tickets for the following Cat Power solo shows go on sale this Friday, November 9 :

Friday, February 5 - City Recital Hall, Sydney
Saturday, February 6 - Space Theatre, Adelaide
Monday, February 8 - Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne
Tuesday, February 9 - Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne
Wednesday, February 10 - Capital Theatre, Bendigo
Friday, February, 12 - Brisbane Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane
Saturday, February, 13 - Star Court Theatre, Lismore

Cat Power Performs "Fool" & "3,6,9" On Late Night with Carson Daly

Late last night Cat Power performed "Fool" and "3,6,9"  and for Carson Daly and the general public. Both can be watched below:

2015 Tour Dates

Monday, October, 12 - Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles CA
Saturday, October, 24 - Vienna Arena (Arena Wien), Vienna, Austria
Monday, October, 26 - De Roma, Borgerhout, Belgium
Tuesday, October, 27 - Albert Hall, Manchester, United Kingdom
Wednesday, October, 28 - St. John at Hackney Church, London, United Kingdom
Thursday, October, 29 - St. John at Hackney Church, London, United Kingdom
Saturday, October, 31 - Centro Cultural De Belém - Grande Auditório, Lisbon, Portugal
Sunday, November, 1 - Hard Club, Porto, Portugal
Tuesday, November, 2 - Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
Wednesday, November, 4 - Columbia Theatre, Berlin, Germany



She's back! Cat Power has announced three UK shows, including two at London's St. John-at-Hackney Church and one at Manchester's Albert Hall. This will be her first return to the UK since November 2014. Tickets for these shows will be on sale on Friday at 9am.

All tour dates and ticket links below:

Tuesday, September, 1 – Cargo at Whitney Peak Hotel, Reno NV
Wednesday, September, 2 – Gundlach – Bundschu Winery – Sonoma CA
Friday, September, 4 – Rio Theatre – Santa Cruz CA
Saturday, September, 5 – Burger-A-Go-Go 2, Santa Ana CA
Sunday, September, 6 – Belly Up – Solana Beach CA
Wednesday, September, 9 - Webster Hall, New York
Thursday, September, 10 - Paradise Rock Club, Boston
Friday, September, 11 - College Street Hall Music, New Haven
Tuesday, October, 27 -  Albert Hall , Manchester
Wednesday, October, 28 - St. John-at-Hackney Church , London
Thursday, October, 29 - St. John-at-Hackney Church , London

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Cat Power (solo) Dates On Sale Now

(photograph by Tony Proudfoot)

You won't catch me talking shit about secondary markets.  Not when there's tertiary markets to sneer at!  The important thing we all need to focus on this glorious Friday morning is that in additional to a previously announced headlining set at Burger A-Go-Go 2 (also featuring Kim Gordon's Glitterbust), Chan Marshall will be making the following solo appearances on the West Coast with tickets on sale today at noon eastern :

Tuesday, September, 1 - Cargo at Whitney Peak Hotel, Reno NV
Wednesday, September, 2 - Gundlach - Bundschu Winery - Sonoma CA
Friday, September, 4 - Rio Theatre - Santa Cruz CA
Saturday, September, 5 - Burger-A-Go-Go 2, Santa Ana CA
Sunday, September, 6 - Belly Up - Solana Beach CA

John Peel - remembered

Today marks 10 years since the passing of John Peel, a man who opened the BBC radio airwaves for bands and artists outside the remit of the stations "regular" programming and opened the minds of thousands listening at home to sounds they otherwise may have never heard. One of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, throughout his 5-decade spanning career he never showed no signs of slowing down and his influence on (the good part) of modern music is immeasurable.

As a small tribute to the many Matador bands who recorded a Peel Session over the years, we've compiled a selection of some of the session that made it on to YouTube, (many - including The Fall, Wisdom Of Harry and Pretty Girls Make Graves - haven't) and there's a full archive of all the Peel sessions over at the BBC Website:

Featuring: Cat Power, Interpol, Yo La Tengo, Pavement, Belle and Sebastian, Sonic Youth, Mogwai, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Solex, Unsane, Arab Strab, Unwound, Guided By Voices, Superchunk, Techno Animal and Boards Of Canada.


REMINDER: EMA & Cat Power Playing Shows in NYC This Sunday

For those living or visiting NYC this weekend, you will have a chance to see EMA at Bowery Ballroom and Cat Power in Central Park as part of Modern Sky Festival. I'm not going to suggest that you choose one or the other, because if you hustle -- you can make it to both shows. Details below:

Cat Power is headlining Day 2 of MSF, which will be held at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield. She and her band are set to play at 7:45 pm. Other bands playing the festival Sunday include: The Both, Omnipotent Youth Society, Lenka, Queen Sea Big Shark, Shuh Tou, Second Hand Rose, and Stars.

Tickets here

EMA is wrapping up a row of headlining dates (shown above) with a stop at Bowery Ballroom. Montreal's Doldrums and New York's The Point will be opening. Tickets are available here. There are a few more shows later this month, shown below.

If you have not yet checked out the 34-page online zine Back To the Void, make the time. It's amazing and should not be missed.

Friday, October, 24 – Barboza, Seattle WA
Saturday, October 25 – Electric Owl, Vancouver BC, Canada
Sunday, October 26 – Mississippi Studios, Portland OR

October 5: Cat Power Headlining NYC's Modern Sky Festival

Attn: New Yorkers, NYC fall tourists, Cat Power fans

Make note that Cat Power will be headlining Day 2 of the Modern Sky Festival, soon to be taking over Rumsey Playfield in Centrail Park. Advance tickets can be found here.

If you have not already heard or read about here, there many new tour dates that have been announced in North America and Europe (solo).

Cat Power, solo in Europe

Chan Marshall packs her suitcase again this November for a run of Cat Power solo shows around Europe, starting in Scandinavia.  Tickets for all these shows are on sale now and follow the run of North American dates in October.

Edited: new dates in bold.

Saturday November 1 - VoxHall, Aarhus, Denmark
Sunday November 2 - Koncerthuset Studie 2, Copenhagen, Denmark SOLD OUT
Monday November 3 - Gota Lejon, Stockholm, Sweden
Tuesday November 4 - Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
Thursday November 6 - Nosturi - Helsinki, Finland (on sale Sept 18th)
Friday November 7 - DR Koncerthuset Studie 2 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Monday November 10 - Union Chapel, London, UK SOLD OUT
Tuesday November 11 - Union Chapel, London, UK SOLD OUT
Thursday November 13 - L’Auditori, Barcelona, Spain
Saturday November 15 - Cartagena Jazz Festival, Cartagena, Spain (on sale Sept 19th)
Sunday November 16 - La Riviera, Madrid, Spain
Tuesday November 18 - Kaufleuten, Zurich, Switzerland
Wednesday November 19 - Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany
Saturday November 22: Babylon – Istanbul, Turkey
Sunday November 23: Babylon – Istanbul, Turkey

New CAT POWER North American Tour Dates Announced

(photo by: Roe Ethridge)

Chan Marshall did a run of UK and European tour dates back in May and those feeling left out in North America can now feel sweet relief. Brand new CAT POWER (full band) tour dates across the US and a few dates in Canada can be found below.

Friday, September, 26 Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ#

Sunday, September, 28 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA* (previously announced)

Monday, September, 29 The Catalyst, Santa Cruz CA#

Wednesday, October 1 Capitol Theatre, Olympia WA#

Thursday, October, 2 Vogue Theatre, Vancouver BC, Canada#

Sunday, October, 5 Modern Sky Festival, New York NY (previously announced)

Monday, October, 6 Paradise Rock Club, Boston MA#

Wednesday, October, 8 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON, Canada#

* w/ Pixies, Gogol Bordello

# on sale Friday, 8/22

Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, RIP

Memphis guitar genius and songwriter Teenie Hodges, the Hi Rhythm Section linchpin whose accompaniment of artists including, but not limited to Al Green, Ann Peebles, Otis Clay, Syl Johnson and our own Chan Marshall are just a portion of his legacy, passed away Sunday at the age of 68. Our thoughts this morning are with the family, friends and musical collaborators

The Cat Power World Tour, 2014

Chan Marshall's just about to start a run of UK and European tour dates from May 18th-June 1st, but has also confirmed a host of (air mile boosting) dates across the globe for the rest of the summer and beyond.

# are solo shows
* are full band shows
May 17 – Les Nuits Du Botanique, Brussels, BE - Tickets #
May 18 – Brighton Festival, Brighton, UK - Tickets #
May 26 – Nantes - Stereolux, FR - Tickets #
May 27 – Bordeaux - Krakatoa, FR - Tickets #
May 29 – Toulouse - Bikini, FR - Tickets #
May 30 – This Is Not a Love Song Festival, Nimes - Paloma, FR - Tickets #
May 31 – “We Love Green” Festival, Bagatelle Park - Paris, FR - Tickets #
Jun 01 - Rockhal - Esch Alzette, Tickets #
Jun 14 2014 - Hostess Club Weekender - Singapore, Singapore *
Jun 17 2014 - Hostess Club Manila - Manila, Philippines *
Jun 18 2014 - Hostess Club Taipei - Taipei, Taiwan *
Jun 22 2014 - Hostess Club Weekender - Tokyo, Japan - Tickets *
Jul 15 2014 - Empire Music Hall - Belfast, Northern Ireland Tickets #
Jul 16 2014 - Olympia Theatre - Dublin, Ireland  Tickets #
Jul 18 2014 - Super Bock Super Rock - Oporto, Portugal Tickets *
Jul 19 2014 - Benicassim International Festival - Valencia, Spain Tickets *
Jul 20 2014 - Cavea Auditorium - Rome, Italy Tickets *
Jul 24 2014 - Sud Est Indipendente - Brindisi, Italy *
Jul 26 2014 - Piazza Napoleone - Lucca, Italy (with The National) *


Cat Power - solo European shows this May

Summers in France are meant to be Nice, right? Well Chan Marshall sure hopes so, as she takes her solo Cat Power show around the country at the end of May, following on from her dates in Brussels and Brighton Festival earlier in the same month. Ticket links for all dates are below, as is the Manhattan video, just as a reminder of Sun's excellence.

May 17 – Les Nuits Du Botanique, Brussels, BE - Tickets
May 18 – Brighton Festival, Brighton, UK - Tickets
May 26 – Nantes - Stereolux, FR - Tickets
May 27 – Bordeaux - Krakatoa, FR - Tickets
May 29 – Toulouse - Bikini, FR - Tickets
May 30 – This Is Not a Love Song Festival, Nimes - Paloma, FR - Tickets
May 31 – “We Love Green” Festival, Bagatelle Park - Paris, FR - Tickets

Cat Power : Covering Hugh Martin's "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" In The New Apple Commercial

OK, Judy Garland's version is the best least until this week. Let this be a cautionary tale for anyone quick to scold a sulky teen for fucking around on the smartphone all Christmas. You could be interrupting the next Abel Ferrara!

Cat Power Solo Shows in November!

photo by Juan Morey

The weather's getting chilly, and the mind turns to love. And who screams "love" more than Cat Power? Her autumn gift to you is a series of solo shows which are sure to change hearts and minds, and maybe even the weather. Most shows on sale now!

Mon 21 -- New York, NY -- Glasslands (Elliott Smith Tribute show)

Wed 6 -- Nashville, TN -- 3rd & Lindsley
Thu 7 -- Atlanta, GA -- Center Stage
Fri 8 -- Ponte Vedra Beach, FL -- Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Sun 10 -- Carrboro, NC -- Cat's Cradle
Wed 13 -- Washington, DC -- Sixth & I Historic Synogogue
Thu 14 -- Brooklyn, NY -- Brooklyn Masonic
Fri 15 -- New Haven, CT -- Center Church on the Green (Meeting House)
Sat 16 -- Philadelphia, PA -- Underground Arts
Mon 18 -- Boston, MA -- Paradise Rock Club
Wed 20 -- Cleveland, OH -- Grog Shop (early and late shows)
Thu 21 -- Chicago, IL -- Old Town School of Folk Music (early and late shows)

VIDEO : Cat Power - "Cherokee", Live At Latitude Festival 2013


Courtesy of the BBC, here's footage of Cat Power at last weekend's Latitude Festival, performing "Cherokee" from 'Sun'.

Cat Power adds MORE shows

Expanding upon the previously announced shows in South America, Europe and the US, Cat Power's just confirmed additional shows in Argentina, USA, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Norway, Finland and Sweden, meaning the current world-wide run of dates look something like this (new in bold):

May 18 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / Circo Voador
May 19 Recife, Brazil / Espaço Catamarã
May 21 São Paulo, Brazil / Cine Joia
May 23 Buenos Aires, Argentina / Teatro Coliseo
May 25 Santiago, Chile / Teatro La Cúpula
May 27 Montevideo, Uruguay / La Trastienda
May 31 Nelsonville, OH / Nelsonville Music Festival
June 1 – 2 Houston, TX / Free Press Summer Festival
June 13 – 16 Manchester, TN / Bonnaroo
June 16 Jacksonville, FL / Florida Theatre
June 18 Atlanta, GA / The Buckhead Theatre
June 20 Vienna, VA / Wolf Trap Filene Center
June 22  Duisburg, Germany / Traumziet Festival
June 23  Berlin, Germany / Tempodrom
June 25  London, UK / Roundhouse
June 26  Brussels, BE / AB
June 27  Zurich, CH / Volkshaus
June 28 Munich, DE / Theater Fabrik
June 30 Somerset, UK / Glastonbury - SOLD OUT
July 2  Amsterdam, NL / Paradiso
July 3  Hamburg, DE / Grosse Freiheit
July 5 Barcelona, ES / Cruilla Festival
July 6 Montreux, SW / Montreux Jazz Lab
July 7 Milan, IT / Carroponte
July 8 Rome, IT / Parco della Musica
July 17 Paris, FR / Olympia
July 19 Suffolk, UK / Latitude
July 20 Ponznan, PL / Malta Festival
August 2-4 Chicago, IL / Lollapalooza
August 8 Oslo, NO / OYA festival
August 9 Helsinki, FI / Flow festival
August 10 Gothenburg, SE / Way Out West festival

And if you missed it before, you can re-watch Cat Power performing the new song Bully on Later... with Jools Holland below.

Cat Power - "Bully" on Jools Holland

Versions of "Bully" have been a part of live shows for some time, but it's now given an official release and available as a single from iTunes where's it's also added to the iTunes version of the album with bonus tracks.  Sun is also available on physical formats from the Matador store (excluding "Bully").

Cat Power - "Manhattan" , On NBC's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"

video courtesy NBC / "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"

'Sun' is available on 2XLP/CD or digital formats from The Matador Store.

Kurt Vile Is Getting Letterman'd

Photo by Shawn Brackbill

As previously posted, but just to remind ya, TONIGHT Cat Power will be performing "Manhattan" live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Tune in!

And in other Late Night Television News, be sure to mark your calendars for Friday, May 17 as Kurt Vile And The Violators will be taking the stage of the Late Show with David Letterman performing a song off of their forthcoming release, Wakin On A Pretty Daze.

Listen to Wakin On A Pretty Daze now over at NPR
and pre-order the album (out 4.9) over at the Matador Store

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