photos & video by Autumn Andel
Cate Le Bon @ Doug Fir, 12/5/2013
After gracing opener Kevin Morby's set with a vocal contribution on the lonesome "Slow Train", Welsh singer/songwriter Cate Le Bon began her own set, dark and cool, smocked in black. She said she hadn't expected the freezing air here, and began to warm us up.Cate Le Bon's West Coast tour with Kevin Morby (Babies/Woods) wrapped up over the weekend. Those dates included a stop at Portland's Doug Fir Lounge on 12/5 and pictures and videos of that show are in this post. Fresh off the road, Cate and her band stopped by KCRW this morning (12/16) for a live set on "Morning Becomes Eclectic" and you can stream that below too.
Her style is neo-classic, thick with bass, and folksy, with off-kilter psychedelic tendencies. This makes for the perfect vinyl album. She swung her guitar back and forth to the slow rhythms, and picked through fast romps like "Sisters". At times, the keyboard/organ solos felt like traveling back in time to a Doors show, then Cate joked of a "future song" about Bill and Ted: a little bit of country, a little bit of new wave beeping melody, called "He's Leaving". - [ElevenPDX]
Cate Le Bon "He's Leaving"
Cate Le Bon "I Can't Help You"
Cate Le Bon "Are You With Me Now?"
Cate Le Bon - 2014 Tour Dates
01/07 Dallas, TX - Three Links
01/08 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
01/09 New Orleans, LA - The New Orleans Mint
01/10 Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
01/11 Decatur, GA - Eddie's Attic
01/12 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle Back Room
01/14 Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
01/15 Washington DC - DC9
01/16 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
01/17 Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
01/18 Boston, MA - Middle East Upstairs
01/20 Montreal, QC - Il Motore
01/21 Toronto, ON - The Drake Hotel
01/22 Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room at The Crofoot
01/23 Chicago, IL - Schubas
01/24 Madison, WI - The Frequency
01/25 Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
01/27 Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
01/28 Norman, OK - The Opolis
01/29 Austin, TX - The Mohawk
01/31 Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
02/01 San Diego - Soda Bar