You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe

Music

Music Review

Nick Cave ignites Orpheum

If a rock concert’s greatness can be judged in part by its lingering after-effects, then Nick Cave’s show with the Bad Seeds at the Orpheum Theatre Sunday night was an unqualified success, the kind that keeps concert addicts on the hook.

The outsize performance by the Aussie rocker and his airtight band careened from punishing and red-hot to hushed and cool blue. The next day, the buzz was still in the bones, the words continued to ring in the ears, and little thrills erupted when recalling peaks in a show that was at once expertly calibrated and maniacally footloose.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week