Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ The Greek Theatre

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ The Greek Theatre

Cat Power

Sat, June 24, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Greek Theatre

$39.50 - $99.50

This event is all ages


Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
The band were last in North America in 2014 with critical response being best described as ‘blown away en masse’: “Visions of murder, catastrophe, transfiguration and desperate love issued from the stage, set to dirges, stomps and inexorable crescendos.” NEW YORK TIMES

September saw the release of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ’16th studio album ‘Skeleton Tree’ and the companion film ‘One More Time With Feeling’ directed by Andrew Dominik. The theatrical success of the film was such that a second run is now confirmed nationwide starting December 1 (Tickets available for purchase at ‘Skeleton Tree’ topped the chart across the globe and achieved the bands highest US chart posit on to date. Songs from the album will be brought to life for live audiences alongside other Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds classics and deep cuts.

The touring line up is as follows:
Nick Cave
Warren Ellis
Martyn Casey
Thomas Wydler
Jim Sclavunos
Conway Savage
George Vjestica
Larry Mullins
Cat Power
Cat Power
SUN is the new studio album from Cat Power. Six years after her last album of original material, Chan Marshall has moved
on from her collaborative forays into Memphis soul and Delta blues. She wrote, played, recorded and produced the entirety
of SUN by herself, a statement of complete control that is echoed in the
songs' themes.
Marshall calls SUN "a rebirth," which is exactly what this confident, ambitious, charismatic record feels like.
"Moon Pix was about extreme isolation and survival in the crazy struggle," she says. "SUN is don't look
back, pick up, and go confidently into your own future, to personal power and fulfillment."
The music on SUN employs a sweeping stylistic palette: There's the classic Cat Power haunting guitar and
provocative vocal hook in "Cherokee" ("marry me to the sky…bury me upside down"); the irresistible Latinsounding
nine-piano loop of "Ruin"; upbeat, almost dancey electronic anthems like "Real Life" and "3,6,9";
and the stirring, 8-minute epic "Nothin But Time," featuring a vocal cameo by Iggy Pop. The swagger of
"Silent Machine" brings to mind mid-70s Jagger, contrasted with the unusual, sparse production of "Always
on My Own." The narrative arc of the record is deeply American in its spaciousness and optimism; the
music is defiantly modern and global.
Though devoid of grave bedroom confessionals, SUN is possibly Cat Power's most personal album to date.
For all its layered expansiveness, it is as handcrafted as her debut, and never has a Cat Power album so
paralleled her personality and state of mind – channeling her humor, anger, deep empathy, musical
inspirations, technical skill, and spiritual inquiry into an album that's both surprising and comforting.
Those versed in the Cat Power discography will detect elements of 2003's landmark album You Are Free,
which experimented with vocal forms and beats borrowed from urban music, and the spellbinding authority
of songs like "American Flag." Sonically, however, with credit to mixer Philippe Zdar (Phoenix, Chromeo,
Beasties), SUN is incredibly fresh, reflecting its forward-looking mindset.
Lyrically, Marshall has transcended the angst and self-absorption of her young self, but is still inspired by
youth; much of the album is a plea for overcoming societal expectation and individual oppression. "Human
Being" puts faint minor-chord fingerpicking over spooky, repetitive bass, with lyrics that could read as
feminist – "you got a right to scream when they don't want you to speak" – but are for anyone who feels they
don't have a voice. "Peace And Love" opens with a Nina Simone line – "peace and love is a famous
generation" – then cites Black Flag, flips off people who dismissed her teenage idealism, and proudly
concludes, "I'm a lover but I'm in it to win." Similarly, "Nothin But Time" implores kids to look past today:
"You're just trying to get by, but your world is just beginning…it's up to you to be a superhero, it's up to you to be like nobody".
Venue Information:
Greek Theatre
2001 Gayley Rd
Berkeley, CA, 94720