Dirty Beaches, SISU, Ell V Gore
Dirty Beaches is the stage name of Taiwanese-born songwriter Alex Zhang Hungtai, who is a wanderer, musically and otherwise. Hungtai has lived all over the world, and achieved minor success in 2011 with the release of Badlands, a lo-fi collection of fractured, ’50s-indebted greaser tunes that were ripe for indie rock’s obsession with nostalgia. On Dirty Beaches’ new double album Drifters / Love Is the Devil, the 33-year-old mostly says goodbye to that sound, and importantly, to the persona behind it. Drifters feels similar to Badlands, but it’s far less saccharine; it’s menacing, haunted and driving. Love Is the Devil is primarily instrumental and melancholy, the ambient relaxant to Drifters’ steely-eyed propulsion. Together they convey an impressionistic narrative about the past two years of Hungtai’s life, spent ambling around the globe on tour while contemplating his identity. Opening is SISU, the new project from Dum Dum Girls drummer Sandra Vu.
Sat, Sep 14 | 8:00 PM
18 and over