First, everyone tried to call him the "new David Bowie," then the "Godfather of Goth" — hefty titles for just one man's shoulders to bear. That's why Peter Murphy chose to instead flip everyone off and be one of the most provocative artists of the past few decades. The man who fronted Bauhaus, introduced dark, smoky undertones to post-punk and covered Prince is back with his first new album in seven years, Ninth (Nettwerk). And he's playing a free show at Amoeba Music this Thursday, June 23rd before his Bottom of the Hill show on the 24th.
Currently one of the most coveted concert tickets touring the US right now, the cuties in New York's Pains of Being Pure at Heart will grace the stage at Amoeba on April 19th and bring their winsome, fuzzy walls of gorgeous noise pop to hungry San Francisco ears for free right before their Great American Music Hall performance later that night.