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Cat Power at the Observatory
"Forty forever … last year, next year, this year …"
That was just about all anyone could audibly understand from Chan Marshall, the musician known as Cat Power, among her intermittent mumblings during Tuesday night's performance at Santa Ana's Observatory.
Marshall was commentating on the fact that a day earlier she'd turned 41, an event many of this gig's attendees reminded her of constantly with shouts of "happy birthday, Chan!" and an all-out singalong. The latter started jokingly by Marshall herself (she promptly but unsuccessfully tried to halt it) at the close of "Cherokee," one of 11 songs that emerged from recording sessions for her latest disc, Sun.