Most festivals these days – apart from those catering for a specific audience – attempt to cover three bases. First, the heritage headliners who’ve been around for years and whose…

To say that Cat Power’s ninth album gets off to a bleak start would be a little bit of an exaggeration. Sure, when alt-folk firebrand Chan Marshall utters “I never…

“Never knew pain like this/Everything die, then die”. Ah. So the bright-eyed disposition of ‘Ruin’ won’t be riding roughshod, then: ‘Cherokee’ is all bittersweet love and loss boosted by choking,…

Singer Chan Marshall, also known as Cat Power, poses Sept. 11, 2006 in New York. (AP Photo/Jim Cooper)

“Time takes its toll”, she purrs like Vesper Lynd draping over a baby grand. Chan Marshall certainly laps up a challenge like it’s a silky saucer of Motown-milk. The fact…