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After all the battles — with the performance anxiety that forced her to appear with her back to befuddled audiences; the alcoholism and substance abuse that left her contemplating suicide in a Miami apartment (and her label insuring her tours); the landslide of hype that came too soon, the marionette strings she would snip from her skin and the lasting, calcifying bedrock of off-pop songs lying beneath — Chan Marshall won the war with herself. Rising to the new Sun (Matador), backed by a wind farm of synthesizers propelling her most pointed compositions since 2003 turnaround You Are Free, the human turbine known as Cat Power, forceful and feral once again at age 41, finally lets herself go with the beat.
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Many New Orleanians have followed the rising musical star of Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews' since he was brought onstage at the 1990 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival by blues legend Bo Diddley — a magic moment captured by late photographer Michael P. Smith as the four-and-a-half year old Andrews lofted a trombone taller than he was. Local music lovers feel a proud parent's type of joy regarding the precious success he's achieved since then.
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