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Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds offer fury, comfort, brimstone at Ace Hotel
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds offer fury, comfort, brimstone at Ace Hotel

The lyrical scenes depicted during Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' typically overwhelming set of rock 'n' roll Saturday night flooded the newly resurrected United Artists Theater in downtown Los Angeles with the kind of drama for which the space was first intended.  Within the neo-gothic walls of the old movie palace, rechristened the Theatre at Ace Hotel this year, Cave presented epic story-songs while his six-man band built dungeons of perfectly engineered sound. Intense piano pokes and tribal pound drove "From Her to Eternity," about a sad woman living in a flat whose tears flow so freely that they "come splashin' on down, leaking through the...

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