Cat Power at South Side Music Hall, 1/25/13: Review, Photos and Setlist


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Rachel Parker

We near the end; she's still standing tall. She is covered in sweat. The last song is "Ruin" and she paws at her neck, grimacing. She recently had to cancel a European tour because of Angioedema. Is this it? Is she having an attack right now, a sudden, potentially life-threatening swelling of the throat?

No. She doesn't miss a beat. She throws t-shirts into the crowd, she offers thanks and smiles broadly. Someone holds out a record and a sharpie, and while her band beats a retreat stage left, she rips off the plastic wrap and signs it. There are more, of course.

Shirts held high begin moving to the stage like ships on a sea of incredulous Cat Power fans. They play Kanye West over the PA and Chan Marshall stays with her fans, giving fist bumps and signing anything anyone waves her way. People are running to the merch table to buy something to offer her. The music stops; the house lights come up; she stays.

People are shouting. Some of it is hard to endure - there are girls sneering and yelling, "Cat! Hey Cat!" and boys bellowing catcalls. The appeals for signatures take a presumptuous turn. Someone is pushing aside smaller humans, holding records aloft and staring dead-eyed at the singer. The allegedly porcelain Chan Marshall receives it all openly. She continues to sign everything.

It's been 25 minutes since the set ended. The tour got a shipment of records for the merch table in today, and already they've sold out of everything except the vast quantity of the new one. This is the first time she's stayed to sign things.

Employees have started cleaning the place up, hauling out trashcans. A security guard is on his walkie-talkie asking a superior if he can start kicking people out. And still Chan Marshall signs. A girl holds up her hand and Chan signs her wristband. The girl is crying. Chan says, "Oh, don't cry! Save that for a ticket."

At 1 a.m., they finally start clearing people out as Chan Marshall waves goodbye.

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Rachel Parker

Setlist: Cat Power at South Side Music Hall, 1/25/13

The Greatest
Cherokee
Silent Machine
Manhattan
Human Being
King Rides By
Sun
Bully
Anjelitos Negros (Roberta Flack)
Always On My Own
3,6,9
Nothin' But Time
I Don't Blame You
Peace and Love
Ruin

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Kiernan Maletsky

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South Side Music Hall

1135 S. Lamar St., Dallas, TX

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20 comments
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

"Rachel Parker" is actually the professional name of my calico, Spot.  She's a brilliant photographer and beekeeper.  I hope that clears up the confusion regarding her identity.

pnd2131
pnd2131

What the hell is cat power? 

Wes Nile
Wes Nile

Did you read the review, Susan?

clevertrousers
clevertrousers

So, Sarah Jaffe is called Rachel Parker now? What next, Susan Powter?

Susan Migdol
Susan Migdol

I couldn't disagree more with you, Dallas Observer. Saw her the first time at ACL several years ago. Loved her show then, and now, an even more mature voice. She even graced the audience for about 10 minutes after the show signing everything thrown at her. Who does that anymore?? Lovely and intoxicating show!!

Meg Hargis
Meg Hargis

P.S. That show was amazing. She signed someone's goddamn record mid-song at one point.

Meg Hargis
Meg Hargis

Watching Cat Power is like watching someone expel torn up pieces of soul from their mouth. Not always comprehensible as words but communicating perfectly on an emotional level.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@pnd2131 Well, I can tell you something about cat will power.  Big Kitty, except for an occasional lapse, like getting into my box of Bugles, has lost 10 pounds through a very strict diet and exercise program.

clevertrousers
clevertrousers

@Wes Nile nah, never. Pussy power must be really hard up wit dat 'do........

Kiernan_Maletsky
Kiernan_Maletsky

@clevertrousers Rachel Parker is the photographer. I didn't see Sarah Jaffe there, but I suspect neither one of us knows what you're talking about. 

joe.tone
joe.tone moderator

@clevertrousers So every other comment you leave calls someone -- either the writer or the reader -- an asshat or a fuckface or a dumbass. Would it be possible to get you to tone that down?

Joe Tone, editor

clevertrousers
clevertrousers

@Kiernan_Maletsky @clevertrousers to be frank, she looked so bloody different with that fucking hair, I did think Rachel Parker was a last moment replacement. And people do so rarely read the rubbish on offer...

clevertrousers
clevertrousers

@Kiernan_Maletsky @clevertrousers perhaps, but I bet the lot of us know what you are talking about, now don't we 'sky?

JustSaying
JustSaying

@Kiernan_Maletsky Its not hard to decipher. Chan Marshall, Sarah Jaffe, and Susan Powter bare a strong resemblance to each other. Mostly due to having the same haircut. The pictures of Chan are labeled with "Rachel Parker" so its easy to see how someone that didnt read the review might think that Rachel Parker is the name of the singer of Cat Power. So if you are going to be a smartass in your replies like you attempted to be with clevertrousers and susan migdol, its best not to skimp on the first syllable.

clevertrousers
clevertrousers

@Kiernan_Maletsky she said disagree. Off to a stellar start here. Good thing you invested in sarcasm, you're likely returning to it within a fortnight.

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