Concert preview: Peter Murphy at the Athenaeum Theatre

Andy Downing
Peter Murphy and David J

Peter Murphy, formerly of Bauhaus, specializes in the kind of bleak, dark music favored by people who land on Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' “The Ship Song” as a first-dance wedding tune. “Twilight, twilight,” Murphy intones on “Cascade,” as if ushering in the darkness. Expect a heavy dose of Gothic balladry and cryptic spoken-word poetry, as well as songs drawn from the frontman's time in Bauhaus, as the tour, which also features founding bassist David J, marks the band's 40th anniversary. (Safe Bet)

7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21

32 N. Fourth St., North Side

The Athenaeum Theatre