Show Review & Photos: Cat Power @ the Showbox

Cat Power w/Arsun@ the Showbox, 11/17/18
Show Review & Photos by Lisa Hagen Glynn

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.

Showbox Marquee – photo by Lisa Hagen Glynn

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.

Cat Power Set List – photo by Lisa Hagen Glynn

Photos: Spiritualized @ the Moore

Spiritualized @ the Moore, 4/3/19
Photos by Lisa Hagen Glynn

Spiritualized – photo by Lisa Hagen Glynn

Seattle’s Moore Theatre welcomed Spiritualized for a headlining performance earlier this month. Led by Jason Pierce, the British band released And Nothing Hurt, their first album in six years in 2018. Pierce plays an incredible variety of guitars on his recordings, plus the glockenspiel and harmonica. Impressive! PS: check out that set list with the track “Shine a Light.” What a great choice going back to Spiritualized’s first album, Lazer Guided Melodies

Spiritualized – all photos by Lisa Hagen Glynn

Photos: SXSW 2019 – Day 6

The final photos from SXSW 2019 are here. Thank you to SXSW and all the artists who let Kirk Stauffer get these beautiful photos. ~ Dagmar, editor

SXSW  Day 6 – 3/16/19
Photos by Kirk Stauffer

Jade Jackson @ The Rustic Tap / United States

Lauren Jenkins @ Fair Market / United States

Kendall Beard of Love and Chaos @ Saxon Pub / United States

Love You Later @ Edwin’s / United States

Deanna Wheeler @ Saxon Pub / United States

Julia Lucille @ Central Presbyterian Church / United States

Elaina Kay @ Saxon Pub / United States

Suzan Köcher @ Victorian Room at The Driskill / Germany

Norma @ Stephen F’s Bar / France

Hannah Barakat @ Cheers Shot Bar / United States

Pinky Pinky @ Cheer Up Charlie’s

Photos: SXSW 2019 – Day 5

SXSW  Day 5 – 3/15/19
Photos by Kirk Stauffer

Nicole Atkins @ Cooper’s BBQ / Nashville

Phoebe Hunt of Delle Sorelle @ Victorian Room at The Driskill / Texas

Minke @ St. David’s Historic Sanctuary / England

Emily C. Browning @ Hilton Hotel / New Zealand

Aries @ CU29 / Spain

Maybe April @ Stephen F’s Bar / Tennessee

Juliana Hale @ Dirty Dog Bar / Tennessee

Cassandra Jenkins @ Stephen F’s Bar / New York

Leyla McCalla @ Victorian Room at The Driskill / Louisiana

Gia Margaret @ Central Presbyterian Church / Illinois

Catherine Britt @ Stephen F’s Bar / Australia

Emily Fairlight @ Stephen F’s Bar / New Zealand

Flint Eastwood @ Cheer Up Charlie’s / Michigan