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Great art from the other Nick Cave

The Soundsuits by Chicagoan Nick Cave (not the rock star) are the dazzling mutant offspring of disco, Bigfoot, Teletubbies, African and Caribbean carnival costumes, troll dolls, flea markets, Wookiees, and cheerleader pompons.

By GREG COOK  |  March 15, 2013
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Nick Cave: An Elvis From Hell

This article originally appeared in the July 24, 1984, issue of the Boston Phoenix. 
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ debut LP From Her to Eternity .
By GERARD COSLOY  |  March 09, 2012
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Grinderman help liberate some bad seeds

Whatever you want to call it, don't call it a midlife crisis.
Cave in
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 12, 2010
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Finding a niche

The DeCordova's sculpture; Judi Rotenberg's farewell
The DeCordova's sculpture; Judi Rotenberg's farewell
By GREG COOK  |  June 04, 2010
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Jew note

Defining "Jewish" music is pretty much a fool's task — not much easier than defining jazz.
First Annual Boston Jewish Music Festival, plus the Klezmatics
By JON GARELICK  |  February 26, 2010
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Holy Scrollers!

It hadn't been a pleasant millennium so far for books. But then, lo this past month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled his company's new iPad, and there was much rejoicing.
The future of e-publishing can be found in one of the world's oldest books.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 19, 2010


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2009: The year in books

Here, listed alphabetically by author, are 10 of the best books the Phoenix reviewed in 2009.
True stories - fact and fiction
By JON GARELICK  |  December 25, 2009
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Dirty old men

"We were kind of just . . . normal guys who liked to . . . enjoy stuff."
The Jesus Lizard return to rewreck rock
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 13, 2009
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Drear leaders

On the Black Heart Procession’s first visit to Boston, back in ’98, the duo hunched on chairs at the Middle East downstairs surrounded by equipment — keyboards, guitars, a musical saw, an array of percussion.
The Black Heart Procession stick to the low road
By MATT PARISH  |  October 30, 2009
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Carnal knowledge

When I interviewed Nick Cave for the Phoenix three years ago and he told me — drolly, languidly, literarily — that his next writing project was about “a sexually incontinent hand-cream salesman” on the south coast of England, I assumed he was taking th
Nick Cave’s bad Bunny
By JAMES PARKER  |  October 09, 2009
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Beauty in the beast

"When J switched to guitar [from drums], he wanted to feel that same power. and the only way he could do that was to be, like, super loud. . . ."
Dinosaur Jr. are much happier people now
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 02, 2009


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Review: Castanets | Texas Rose, the Thaw and the Beasts

Although based in a rustic, country-western sound, Ray Raposa's Castanets are irreverent, using familiar elements like pedal-steel guitars and gospel choruses in defiant ways.
Asthmatic Kitty (2009)
By MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  September 18, 2009

Nick Cave's R-Rated, $25 iPhone app for Bunny Munro: the future of reading?


Nick Cave reads from The Death of Bunny Munro. iPhone sold separately.As MC Hammer was to Twitter, so will Nick Cave be to iPhone audiobooks....
By Carly Carioli  |  September 08, 2009
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Father Murphy | ... And He Told Us To Turn to the Sun

Harking back to an America where one's own lonely voice was the only radio and a BBQ meant a spit in the middle of the desert, Torino's Father Murphy hide detuned industrial textures within stripped-down, spacy folk instrumentation, like a man in a bla
Aagoo (2009)
By DEVIN KING  |  July 31, 2009
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One shining moment

Fairhaven won a tight race at the 2009 WBRU Rock Hunt Finals at Lupo's on April 4.
Fairhaven grab the brass ring at the 'BRU rock hunt
By CHRIS CONTI  |  April 10, 2009
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Marianne Faithfull | Easy Come Easy Go

The CD cover is deceptively retro Sinatra: here's Marianne encased in a lady's tux in front of a vintage microphone with "Easy" twice on the title and the subtitle "12 Songs for Music Lovers."
Decca (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  March 23, 2009


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The sneaky flutes are back

I'm on the phone with Damon Tutunjian, one founder of the Boston indie-rock band Swirlies, and he's helping me to understand the Sneaky Flute Empire.
Swirlies revisit a legacy of noisy goodness
By RICHARD BECK  |  February 24, 2009
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ICA artists ring in the new year

If you feel you haven’t spent enough high-quality time with ANDREW WITKIN at the ICA’s Foster Prize exhibition (which closes January 4), or you just weren’t paying attention — fear not.
Andrew Witkin at LaMontagne, Douglas Weathersby at Judi Rotenberg
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  December 24, 2008
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2008 Listravaganza!

We are not at all sick of bands with animal names yet and seem to have a soft spot for Erykah Badu that we kept very hush about all year.
An absolute glut of cruelly reductive Top 10 lists from our dedicated staff of tirelessly enthusiastic writers
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 24, 2008
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Ladyhawke | Ladyhawke

Multi-instrumentalist Ladyhawke presents us with a treasure trove of found blips, as if the 1980s had been nothing but a mirror ball to smash and paste back together  
Modular (2008)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 15, 2008
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Interview: Amanda Palmer

So it’s the eve of the release of local sensation and Dresden Dolls vocalist/pianist Amanda Palmer’s solo debut album, and I’m sitting in her bric-a-brac-filled South End apartment drinking herbal tea.
At home with the Dresden Doll's solo joint
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 23, 2008


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Generation gap

It’s an uneven show with a dour vision that leaves a mediciny taste in your mouth — and, I think, offers signs of a generation gap among curators.
"Black Womanhood" at Wellesley College’s Davis Museum and Cultural Center
By GREG COOK  |  September 23, 2008
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Arresting developments

Lack of talent, charisma, and/or personality can prevent a good band from achieving greatness — but too much of a good thing can also be a problem.
Joan As Police Woman lets her guard down
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 16, 2008
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Mesmerizations

Rhode Island confirmed why it’s the capital of New England art-making with two major developments in 2007.
Providence art: 2007 in review
By GREG COOK  |  December 18, 2007
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Mutiny in Heaven

It is a truth now well established that the idea for a series of books about a schoolboy wizard did not , in fact, originate with its author, J.K. Rowling (as she has naively claimed), but was piped up red-hot and stinking from Below.
Philip Pullman ’ s fantasy novels are condemned as a crash course in militant atheism. But one BU professor thinks otherwise.
By JAMES PARKER  |  December 06, 2007
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Sounding off

Chicago artist Nick Cave (no, not the musician) remembers the Rodney King beating as a turning point in his artwork.
Nick Cave’s wearable mash-ups
By GREG COOK  |  October 03, 2007


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Silverchair

This thing is quite a feast.
Young Modern | Eleven
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 23, 2007
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Joan as Police Woman

Ex-Bostonian Joan Wasser spent more than a decade carrying other musicians’ trains.
Real Life | Cheap Lullaby
By RENÉ SPENCER SALLER  |  July 02, 2007
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The National

The National’s new vessel turns out to be a pirate ship.
Boxer | Beggars Banquet
By MATT ASHARE  |  June 19, 2007
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The wagonmaster

“Eleven Cent Cotton” is a great country song, a wry, catchy, energetic, swinging two-step that creates a tableau of the bygone rural South.
Country legend Porter Wagoner delivers a gem
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 04, 2007