★ Dirty Beaches (Wednesday) The pop abstractionist Alex Zhang Hungtai splices rockabilly hooks with noir sound effects to create atmospheres that are warm and familiar yet spectrally distorted. His David Lynch-inspired debut, “Badlands” (Zoo), recalled an idyllic beach bonfire interrupted by a thunderstorm; his live performances are startlingly aggressive, a balancing act of guitar fuzz and guttural howls. He just released an acclaimed double album, “Drifters/Love Is the Devil” (Zoo). With Heathered Pearls and Xray Eyeballs. At 9:30 p.m., Mercury Lounge, 217 East Houston Street, at Ludlow Street, Lower East Side, (800) 745-3000, mercuryloungenyc.com; $13. (Anderson) (New York Times, Pop & Rock Listing June 21st-27th)
Not the first event preview for Dirty Beaches in the New York Times, but the first starred event preview for Dirty Beaches in the New York Times.