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Dirty Beaches Free All Ages Soundboard

When: Thu., Feb. 24, 5 p.m. 2011

I have a friend who used to love coming up with fictional band names that could mean something different out loud than they did on the page—the Gaze, for instance, or the Black Guise. I'm sure he'd kick himself for not coming up with Dirty Beaches first. The culprit behind that one is Alex Zhang Hungtai, a Taiwan-born Canadian and sonic provocateur whose forthcoming Badlands (Zoo Music) is sure to delight fans of Suicide and tape hiss. At heart his songs are straight-up pop rockabilly lifted from the 1961 Billboard charts, but they're slightly unstable and don't always follow the script. Hungtai's tendency to dilate tunes hypnotically or intersperse sweet crooning with blasts of guitar noise—not to mention the fact that the album sounds like it was recorded from the next room through a closed door—suggests that deep down his motives are deconstructionist. Dum Dum Girls headline; Minks and Dirty Beaches open. Dirty Beaches also play tonight with Dum Dum Girls and Minks at the Empty Bottle. —Miles Raymer

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