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March 14, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
AUSTIN, Texas -- There's no shortage of grizzled veterans at South by Southwest this year, from Depeche Mode to Iggy and the Stooges to Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, the last of whom opened NPR Music's jam-packed showcase Wednesday night at Stubb's. For a good 45 minutes, in fact, Cave and his not-so-merry men were playing at the same time as the Stooges, right across Red River Street at the Mohawk. Alas, an old-dude bro-down never took place. Maybe next year. Wearing his customary slim-fit dark suit, black hair swept back from his high forehead, Cave sauntered onstage at Stubb's before sundown, which as you can imagine was not ideal.
March 12, 2013 | By Todd Martens
AUSTIN, Texas -- Outspoken rock 'n' roll balladeer Nick Cave traced his beginnings from “rural Australia” to the more comforting confines of his own imagination in a sprawling, hour-long chat at the South by Southwest music conference here. The standing-room-only Tuesday conversation focused largely on Cave's biographical history. The facts of the real world, however, weren't of as much interest to Cave as the more abstract matters of art. Speaking of his relationship with spouse Susie Bick, Cave said, “I feel that I know her better in the songs that I write about her than I do in real life.” Speaking of wanting to leave rural Australia for Melbourne, and then later Melbourne for London and then London for New York, Cave said, “Culturally, life has been a series of disappointments.
March 2, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
Dana Baldwin visited the Ajanta Caves, about 200 miles northeast of Mumbai, during a trip to India in November. The caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, were carved out of a cliff about 2,000 year ago and house early Buddhist artworks, some of which are said to present the start of classical Indian art. "I don't use the world 'awesome' much, but it applies here," Baldwin said. The La Jolla resident used a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. To submit your photos, visit our reader photo gallery . When you upload your photos, tell us where they were taken and when.
February 22, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Those familiar with the work of musician Nick Cave will appreciate the juxtaposition of him working with a youth choir. The oft-menacing Australian-born singer, songwriter, screenwriter and novelist has long had a wicked streak. He's bellowed in deep voice of bloody hands, junkies ascending to heaven, embodied in song-damaged women, horrible men and their oft-poisonous interactions.  Yet there he was, the gangly 55-year-old who over a dozen-plus studio albums has walked a singular path through rock, country and blues, addressing about two dozen preteens between songs, apparently worried about their bedtime.
February 19, 2013 | By Randall Roberts
Songwriter, novelist, singer, screenwriter and dramatist Nick Cave's 15th record with his longtime backing band the Bad Seeds, "Push the Sky Away," is not a work to be appreciated casually. Cave delves into a meandering, meditative world that rarely offers the kind of hooks or tethers that dictate toe-tapping singalongs. But Cave fans understand that following such a mercurial and curious artist dictates adjusting expectations, adapting to new scenarios and, most important, listening closely.
January 23, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Let's be clear: That Harvard scientist you heard about is NOT seeking an "adventurous woman" to give birth to a "cloned cave baby. " But that was the juicy story making its way around Web on Tuesday . The blowup began when the German magazine Der Spiegel published an interview with Harvard synthetic biologist George Church, who is well-known for his genome sequencing effort, the Personal Genome Project, and for all sorts of other unusual and...
January 21, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Now that the teams have been decided for Super Bowl XLVII , it's time to nail down plans on watching the big game. Las Vegas will be jumping, with nearly every hotel and bar along the Strip offering drink specials. Here's a sampling: Fans willing to dig deeper into their pockets can even party in their own “man caves” or in their hotel rooms, with specials created for the big day. Scores of bars and restaurants are planning Super Sunday packages. The new Rockhouse in the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian will have a premium open bar. From kickoff until the final whistle blows, guests can enjoy unlimited booze for $100 ($60 for Las Vegas locals)
January 18, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
One sterling quality of American businesses is that they'll try to make money from anything. Paranoia, for instance. So say hello to Ron Hubbard, the owner of Montebello-based Atlas Survival Shelters, which converts huge corrugated metal tubes up to 50 feet long into fully equipped, all-the-comforts-of-home underground shelters at a price of up to about $78,000 each, not including shipping and interment. You may have spotted the Atlas shop from the 5 Freeway as you're heading into downtown.
November 27, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
With screenwriting and film-scoring credits on "Lawless" and "West of Memphis," respectively, Nick Cave has spent much of 2012 focusing on his career in movies. Next year, though, the Australian polymath will return to rock with a new studio album by his longtime band, the Bad Seeds. "Push the Sky Away" is due out in the U.S. on Feb. 19, according to a press release; it's the first disc from the Bad Seeds -- which at the moment also features bassist Martyn Casey, drummer Thomas Wydler, percussionist Jim Sclavunos, singer Conway Savage and multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis -- since 2008's "Dig, Lazarus, Dig!
November 19, 2012 | By Daniel Akst
"Hi. I'm paper. Remember me?" I remember you, paper, all too well, all high and mighty yet ready to crumple at the first sign of pressure. I thought I was all cried out, but when I first read those words of yours - part of a public relations campaign on behalf of a paper company by the name of Domtar Corp. - I just erupted. I thought I was over all that - the sense of betrayal, of being cast aside in favor of someone younger, thinner and better looking - but what I thought was scar tissue was still very much alive to the pain.
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