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The 70 Best Albums of 2019

From forward-looking electronic and experimental to new approaches in the ever-evolving R&B scene, from hip-hop and punk to rock and pop, 2019 bestowed an embarrassment of musical riches upon us.

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Novice Enters Nick Cave Performance at Beacon, Comes Out Undeterred

Intense and dramatically profound, Nick Cave's performance allows fans to worship at the feet of a preacher.

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Nick Cave Predicts the End of Western Civilization

With “Higgs Boson Blues”, Cave simultaneously bemoans and embraces the existential crisis caused by hyperreality.

Danielle DeRise
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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Skeleton Tree

Much of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' 16th album was created before tragedy struck Nick Cave's family, but that loss permeates through every track.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '80s: Part 5: 20 - 1

Songs of anxiety, paranoia, freak-outs, chilling verses, feverish desire, harrowing lyrics -- they all make for damn good music.

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Mick Harvey: Intoxicated Man / Pink Elephants

They are Serge Gainsbourg's songs, but it's Harvey’s show, and he does a fine job as frontman throughout.

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - “Mermaids” (video)

The second video from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' 2013 LP 'Push The Sky Away' is for "Mermaids", shot in black and white before a live audience.

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Premiere "Jubilee Street" (Stream)

Another promising cut from next month's Push the Sky Away.

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Nick Cave’s The Death of Bunny Munro: A Rock Star’s Midlife Crisis or Valid Literature?

Regardless how history comes to look Nick Cave's The Death of Bunny Munro, in the context of Cave’s career, it stands alone as the purest distillation of his artistry -- a poetic novel with Cave’s inimitable brand of the grotesque, absurd and often comic nature of humanity.

Cole Waterman
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ANBB: Mimikry

ANBB= Alva Noto and Blixa Bargeld. It's a collaboration that could actually make sense, though it rarely finds the right chemistry.

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Wings of Desire

If you Google the phrase “Criterion has done it again”, you will get 37,500 hits. I have a hunch that now that Wings of Desire is back on the streets, this number is going to increase significantly.

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Over the past four decades Nick Cave has risen from the depths of the Australian underground of punk and rock to create some of the most epic songs ever written.

Kirstie Shanley
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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!

On his 14th studio album, Australia’s crown prince of goth manifests into its unheralded king of rock.

Ron Hart
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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: The Road to God Knows Where/Live at the Paradiso [DVD]

Nick Cave has always seemed misplaced, of another era. An Australian whose '60s-retro skinny suits and 19th century face have lived all over Europe, Cave looks and sings like an old soul.

Megan Milks
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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: B-Sides and Rarities

On the heels of the album of their career, Cave and the Bad Seeds look back on their 20 years together with a three-disc collection of odds 'n' sods.

Zeth Lundy
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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus

The albums are so strong, so above-the-bar, that they represent an ascension to a new abstract plane of creativity. In their evocations of sin and redemption, lust and love, nature and religion, Cave and the Bad Seeds have unleashed a contentious vision of sound and fury.

Zeth Lundy

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