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Monday, May 09, 2011

DIRTY BEACHES IN NYC: MAY 12th & 13th


GLASSLANDS GALLERY

      289 Kent Ave., between S. 1st and S. 2nd Sts., Brooklyn (No phone)—May 13: Dirty Beaches. The handsome rockabilly crooner Alex Zhang Hungtai is a wanderer, and his music reflects it. Born in Taiwan, he has lived in Honolulu, Toronto, Shanghai, New York, and Montreal. He’s currently based in Vancouver, where he’s found success with this lo-fi project. Dirty Beaches’ riveting winter performance at this two-level art space included stage diving and balcony climbing, and introduced Brooklyn audiences to “Badlands,” Hungtai’s most recent collection of songs. He returns this weekend for a set of shows amid a flood of positive press.

(NIGHT LIFE: NEW YORKER)



MERCURY LOUNGE MAY 12th:


     Within the lo-fi elegance of Dirty Beaches (a/k/a Alex Zhang Hungtai), influences range from rockabilly to garage pop to scuzzy, reverb-soaked beats. The overall vibe carries a foggy, old-fashioned aesthetic--the muffled doo-wop of "Lord Knows Best" could easily blare from a time-twisted "Twin Peaks" diner jukebox. Hungtai's both a sensitive Ponyboy Curtis who makes the girls melt with sexy love songs ("True Blue") and a rebel whose cause is to scare them with erratic, passionate Nick Cave outbursts ("Sweet 17"). His live show is emotional and compelling, and, when he pulls out a comb from his back pocket to slick back his Elvis 'do, it's facetiously funny. With Widowspeak.


(THE VILLAGE VOICE)

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