Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds/Kid Congo Powers - 9:30 Club - Nov 6 2008

I am more familiar with Nick Cave through his earlier band, The Birthday Party, and even his raw punk debut in The Boys Next Door (music available in a few places). This was the second of two sold out shows at the 9:30 Club.

Kid Congo Powers began with a short set of eclectic material that is a far cry from his Gun Club and Cramps days but occasionally rocked at that level. I wasn't really expecting too aggressive a set and the band did a decent enough job of keeping things inventive and fun for the ever growing sardines in the crowd (this club is a bit challenging for me when it's sold out). Good opener from this former Bad Seed.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Nick Cave had a lot of energy as he menaced and stalked the stage while keeping a good sense of humor and class with every move. The band was excellent as expected and even a completely failed attempt at one song at the piano, didn't detract from the energy and quality of the songs. It was good to see an assertive, fun set from this outfit. Recommended highly.

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