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Peter Murphy Plays Boise

Thursday, July 18 at VAC

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Along with Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division and the Cure, Bauhaus laid the foundations for goth. While the band's 1979 single "Bela Lugosi's Dead"--with its ominous descending bass line, spooky vocals and vampire-movie lyrics--set the template for goth music, frontman Peter Murphy's idiosyncratic looks and flamboyant fashion sense helped establish its style.

Yet few goths attended Murphy's Knitting Factory concert in 2012, despite his influence on Trent Reznor and Amanda Palmer.

This week, Visual Arts Collective gives Boise another chance to trip the dark fantastic. It's part of Murphy's all-Bauhaus Mr. Moonlight Tour.

As Lugosi put it: "Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make."

P.S. Bring earplugs for "Stigmata Martyr."

With Ours and Methods of Dance. 8 p.m., $28 adv., $30 doors. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com.