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Dark beauty

It's easy to think of goth music in terms of darkness -- that is, after all, the very definition of the genre. But the music of Peter Murphy, who is often called the godfather of goth music, is not all black and gloomy. Instead it can be as poetic as it is aggressive, as lovely as it is stark. And oh, that voice -- its deep timbre causes goose bumps, and cuts to your very soul.

With his black hair, pale skin and lithe body, Murphy has entranced us in song and in concert since the early 1980s -- first, with the influential goth/glam rock act Bauhaus, later as a solo artist with hits like "All Night Long," "Indigo Eyes" and such gorgeously hypnotic work as "A Strange Kind of Love" and "Marlene Dietrich's Favourite Poem." In the 1990s, Murphy moved to Turkey, where the culture seeped into his music. Recently, he's been seen in concert alongside Trent Reznor, who credits Murphy as an inspiration.

Murphy recently signed with Nettwerk Music Group with his new release, "Ninth," set for release in June. Check out the new single, "I Spit Roses" on iTunes right now -- it's vintage Murphy.

He's in town on Tuesday for an all-ages show in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 advance, $29 the day of the show (box office and Tickets.com). Call 852-3900 or visit www.townballroom.com.

-- Toni Ruberto

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