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Cat Power’s Chan Marshall is every bespectacled hipster’s dream gal. Her 14-year career arc includes dropping out of high school in Georgia, winning the attention of New York scenesters like Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley, releasing a record with cameos from Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder, publicly battling alcoholism for half a decade, and recording an album (or two) of brilliantly transformative covers. She’s even gone the way of rock fossils Jagger and Richards, lending Chanel her vixeny visage in 2007, and more recently pimping out her tunes in car commercials. But at 36 and a few years sober, wastey-face, hystrionic Marshall is no more. Cat Power as performer—composed and selfless, rather than self-loathing—is back in D.C. and better than ever. CAT POWER PERFORMS SUNDAY, FEB. 8, AT THE 9:30 CLUB, 815 V ST. NW. (202) 265-0930. —Hilary Crowe