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When: Sun., Oct. 21, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: $25
In the 80s Nick Cave wasn't the only expat Australian to explore the underbelly of America from Berlin. Starting in 1976, singer Simon Bonney fronted a postpunk band called Crime & the City Solution, which quickly went through several lineups and several cities. He moved from Sidney to Melbourne to London, where in 1985 he assembled the powerful roster that would record the group's first album: Rowland S. Howard, Harry Howard, Mick Harvey, and Epic Soundtracks. The band soon relocated to Berlin, where most of them quit to form These Immortal Souls; Bonney carried on with a new lineup that included Harvey, violinist Bronwyn Adams (Bonney's romantic partner), and Einsturzende Neubauten guitarist Alexander Hacke. The various forms of Crime & the City Solution made a total of four studio albums, all dominated by Bonney's seductively lugubrious hectoring, which had more than a trace of Cave's melodrama—though the mood became less melancholy and the playing less oppressive as time passed. The band split in late 1991, but two decades later Bonney, who now lives in Detroit, re-formed it yet again—this time with Adams, Hacke, former 16 Horsepower guitarist David Eugene Edwards, Troy Gregory, Matthew Smith, and Dirty Three drummer Jim White. They'll release a new album next year, and Mute has already issued a career overview called A History of Crime: Berlin 1987-1991. The music holds up remarkably well. —Peter Margasak Bobby Conn opens.



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