Nick Cave is one of the greatest live acts in all of rock 'n' roll.

He's absolutely mesmerizing -- and somewhat menacing -- onstage, ranting and rocking in ways that leave his fans screaming for more.

He was stark raving brilliant during his 2013 concert at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, so it's good to see he's headed back to San Francisco.

Cave and his Bad Seeds perform Monday and Tuesday at the Warfield. Show time is 8 p.m. and tickets are $49.50-$66, www.axs.com.

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Chris Botti knows how to charm a crowd.

He's utterly charismatic onstage, delighting fans with megawatt star power, intriguing banter and warmly romantic pop instrumentals.

He's a gifted trumpeter, whose most recent studio effort, "Impressions," won the Grammy Award for best pop instrumental album in 2013.

Botti performs Wednesday at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga.

Show time is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $45-$125, www.ticketmaster.com.

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Nick Cave attends the press conference for the film In 20,000 Days on Earth during the Berlinale International Film Festival on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in
Nick Cave attends the press conference for the film In 20,000 Days on Earth during the Berlinale International Film Festival on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Berlin. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) (Markus Schreiber)