Artist:Mae Muller Details: The cover of Mae Muller’s “Leave It Out (Acoustic)” is a collaboration between two Londoners, Muller and photographer Max Hetherington. Based on his site, it looks like he’s done a lot of fashion print work. It really does appear to be something I would see as I turn pages of fashion magazines.
Grammy-nominated country artist Maren Morris recently headlined at the Showbox SoDo. The show was near the beginning of her 7-month long GIRL: The World Tour, in support of her second studio album, Girl, released last month. Cassadee Pope – 2012 The Voice winner – opened.
Artist:Honeyblood Video: “She’s A Nightmare” Why You Want To Watch: Scottish artist Honeyblood (Stina Tweeddale) gets witchy in this video directed by Ashley Rommelrath. Pay close attention to the amazing contortionists (Françoise Odill and Casper Dillen) as well. You can see more of Rommelrath’s videos here.
Cat Power sold out an all-ages show at Seattle’s Showbox on November 17, 2018. The set included seven songs from the October 2018 release, Wanderer, a few older tunes, and covers by Nico, Lana Del Rey, Dead Man’s Bones, Dirty Three, and The Boys Next Door.
Chan Marshall emerged from backstage
clad in black velvet and carrying a lit stick of incense. She made her way
through dim purple backlighting and fog toward two microphones at center stage.
Her backing trio had already begun the introduction to “He Turns Down,” but
Marshall first acknowledged the cheering audience before starting to sing, appearing
grateful but embarrassed by the attention, as if she had just entered a
surprise party. She then accepted a bouquet from a front-row fan and held it to
her chest through several songs.
The arrangements were
characteristically spare with distinct instrumental voices—heavy mallets on
open drums, simple comping on piano, and soft arpeggios on guitar and bass. Marshall’s
voice was rich and mournful, and the delay on her second mic heightened the
feeling of distance. Tunes like “In Your Face” hearkened back to her earlier
work, but overall her recent songs were slightly less devastating. Over a
quarter-century into her career, she continues to deliver transcendent vocals
and wield quiet emotional power.
Marshall is known for her unusual yet
endearing stage presence. At this show, her melancholy lyrics and tone were
incongruent with a sometimes-beaming smile. She danced mostly with her hands,
but occasionally accentuated a lyric by kicking up her boots. After each tune
she clapped with the audience, and then shuffled through a book of charts on
her music stand. A cup of tea was delivered to her onstage.
Her quirky style did not deter the
audience, who absolutely adored Marshall and her shy demeanor. When she
hesitated at the mic or clung to the shadows, they shouted encouragements and
praise. In a quiet moment, a fan yelled, “I love you, Chan!” and Marshall mouthed
quietly, “I love you more.”
Cat Power closed the set with “The
Moon,” performed as a duet with her male guitarist. Marshall left the audience
with a personal message: “I wouldn’t be alive if people didn’t accept me on my
path. Please take care of yourselves.”
New York singer–songwriter trio Arsun
opened the evening. Nineteen-year-old bandleader Arsun Sorrenti entered the
stage with two other teenage men in denim and sneakers, and remarked that they
had never played an audience this large before. Sorrenti’s singing voice was surprisingly
deep and complex for his age. Arsun played a four-song set of mostly acoustic
tunes, which included “Choking on the Midday Sun” and their single “White Light.”
They closed with the Velvet Underground cover “New Age,” and Sorrenti admitted
afterward, “I’m glad we pulled that off. It’s a hard one for us.” Sorrenti thanked
Marshall for the tour spot, and for her support since he first sent her a demo
at age 15.