I asked Sharon Van Etten (also in town this week) if she ever got any great advice from an artist she admired. She told me a story about Nick Cave. First, a little background: Van Etten accepted a tour with Cave after she'd promised to spend the time off to be with her boyfriend. He took the news poorly. Now, Sharon, take it away: "[My boyfriend] called me every day just to make me cry before every show, every single day. Nick finally came up to me toward the end of the tour and said, 'What the hell is going on?' He took me and my drummer out to dinner and sat me down and asked me what was going on. And I said, 'Well, you fight with your wife, right? You work a lot. You tour. You write. But you must fight all the time?' He put his hand on my shoulder and he said, 'We fight all the time, but never about my work.' And that really stuck with me, you know? I mean, that's the voice of reason right there." ANDREW R TONRY Also see My, What a Busy Week!