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Peter Murphy, Ringo Deathstarr 

When: Fri., June 20, 8:30 p.m. 2014
Price: $28, $25 in advance, $100 for VIP
If you’re a casual fan, you may know Peter Murphy only from his noisy, genre-defying work with Bauhaus in the late 70s and early 80s, where he perfected a vaguely undead sex appeal that would significantly influence the way vampires are portrayed in popular culture. Or maybe you remember the relatively mannered solo albums he released over the next ten years or so, which produced a handful of alt-rock hits—including his biggest crossover success, “Cuts You Up,” from 1989’s Deep. His hardcore devotees (who are numerous, and very hardcore) know that those are only two phases of a long, fertile, and artistically itinerant career that includes excursions into the music of Turkey, where Murphy has lived for the past two decades. On the new Lion (Nettwerk), producer Youth, aka Killing Joke bassist Martin Glover, provides Murphy with a dense foundation of heavy electronics and provokes him into the most unhinged performances of his late career. The album has a few poppier, electro-influenced tracks (“Low Tar Stars” should play well on goth-night dance floors), but it also has plenty of more challenging moments—the arch theatrics of “Ghosts of Shokan Lake” will satisfy the more zealous elements of Murphy’s fan base. —Miles Raymer
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