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The buzz from this year's Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Southern California was about the second coming -- no, wait, make that the third coming -- of Bauhaus, which stole much of the spotlight. Bauhaus -- Peter Murphy, Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins, and David J. -- was first around between 1979 and 1983, and is remembered for creating the goth anthem "Bela Lugosi's Dead," though the band has remained influential to rock, industrial, punk, and even techno artists in the 20-plus years since. The musicians reunited in 1998 for two storied shows in L.A. and are now on a full-fledged tour of the U.S. and Mexico. Ash, Haskins, and J. continued on post-Bauhaus as Love & Rockets, in which they nurtured a brighter vibe and a more dance/electronic-oriented sound that showcased Ash's super-smoky vocals -- in short, they got more funky. Meanwhile, Bauhaus lead singer and all-time hottest goth pinup Murphy went on as a solo artist who, admittedly, peaked in the late '80s. But if the Bauhaus show at Coachella was any indication, Murphy still has some intense, gravity-defying tricks up his sleeve, as well as a few new dance moves.
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Tamara Palmer