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Cat Power's Sun: The Miami Listening Party at Sweat Records on September 4

See also "Cat Power Announces Sun North American Tour, Kicking Off at Grand Central in Miami."

Given the historical precedent, a polite listening party at a quirky record-and-coffee shop like Sweat Records might be the safest option if one were jonsing for an earful of Chan Marshall.

Performing as Cat Power (an acoustic-guitar wielding chanteuse with a seemingly inexhaustible knack for composing soulful teardrop anthems), Marshall has developed quite a reputation as an "idiosyncratic" entertainer.

Way back in 2003, Miami New Times dubbed Cat Power's performance at I/O, the Downtown Miami club that would eventually become The Vagabond, the year's Best Live Trainwreck.

At this point, Marshall has oscillated between craziness and recovery so many times that when it comes to a live Cat Power show, you never know what you're gonna get.

But in more recent years, the sorrowful siren has provided fine, solid performances at Miami's Studio A and The Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale. So it appears her upcoming tour kickoff at Grand Central probably won't turn into a group therapy session.

To be safe, though, swing by Sweat Records for a guaranteed meltdown-free Playback Party session. You'll get a chance to hear Sun, the new album from Cat Power while scoring swag from Matador Records and sipping some complimentary Zignum Mezcal.

Plus, the record isn't going to shut off in the middle of the first song, start mumbling, and then challenge the listener to sue her.

Cat Power's Sun Playback Party, presented by Sweat Records and the Workshop Collective. Tuesday, September 4. Sweat Records, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami. The party starts at 8 p.m. and ends at 10. No cover. Call 786-693-9309 or visit sweatrecordsmiami.com.

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