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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.

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