Posted in music | pictures on July 28, 2014

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Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds @ The Mann Center 7/25/2014
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Cave and the band (featuring feral violinist Warren Ellis) play with primal, animalistic fervor, delivering songs of brooding, measured grace that burst out in sustained sections of explosive rage. They're not fooling around up there.

But Cave, at 54, is much more playful with his persona than he once was. (Or who know, maybe I missed the self awareness the first time around.) What's incontestable is that he's a remarkable front man, working the stage like a demon as footlights cast his giant shadow on the walls of the Mann, and as he put the world's longest microphone cord to good use as he spent about 1/4 of the band's galvanic set (which lost a little steam during an encore in which he took requests) moving about in the crowd, a good 10 rows in, while he encouraged reserved seat holders to move down and fill up the aisles around him. [Philly.com]

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' current tour hit the East Coast over the weekend, playing Philadelphia's The Mann Center on Friday (7/25) before descending into NYC on Saturday and Sunday. Cave seems to really be having a good time on this tour, spending a lot of time in the crowd and playing up his larger-than-life persona. Pics and setlist from the Philly show are in this post.

Also on the bill were tourmate Nicole Atkins and Philadelphia's own local-boy-done-good Kurt Vile. Pictures from their sets, along with more of Nick Cave, below...

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Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins

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Nicole Atkins

Nicole Atkins

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Nicole Atkins

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Kurt Vile

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Kurt Vile

Nick Cave

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

SETLIST: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds @ The Mann Center 7/25/2014
We Real Cool
Jubilee Street
Tupelo
Red Right Hand
Mermaids
From Her to Eternity
Into My Arms
God Is in the House
Higgs Boson Blues
The Weeping Song
The Mercy Seat
Stagger Lee
Push the Sky Away

Encore:
Deanna
Jack the Ripper
The Lyre of Orpheus

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Comments (5)

There are some good singers before. However, competition pulls them down.

Posted by Flemings Ultimate Garage Reviews | July 28, 2014 10:40 AM

Great show, great night. Well worth the drive down.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2014 12:21 PM

he's 56, actually

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2014 12:38 PM

Nick Cave and the butt seeds

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2014 1:51 PM

Great show, Kurt Vile was a snoozefest but I'd rather see that than Devandra Snoozeheart

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2014 1:14 AM

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