Nick Cave has created an air of impenetrable mystery as he’s wrestled with various demons and devils in his solo work and music with The Birthday Party and The Bad Seeds (who just released Ghosteen, a two-disc assemblage of shimmering sounds and funereal/reverential spoken-word meditations). But the Australian soothsayer disarms himself on his current solo tour, billed as “Conversations With Nick Cave: An Evening of Talk & Music.” There will indeed be music: Accompanying himself on piano, Cave is breaking down some of his trademark songs (“Stagger Lee,” “The Mercy Seat,” “Jubilee Street”) alongside unexpected covers of anthems, hymns and ditties by his peers and influences (Daniel Johnston, T. Rex, Jimmy Webb and Leonard Cohen). But, curiouser and curiouser, he’s demystifying himself by letting the audience ask him questions, which can range from deep and fascinating to trivial and absurd.
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.; Tues., Oct. 15, 8 p.m.; sold out. (323) 850-2000, www.laphil.com.