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In the mid-’00s, we witnessed a torrent of new bands with “wolf” in their names. Among the acts with lupine roots were Wolf Parade, Wolfmother, We Are Wolves, Sea Wolf, Wolf & Cub, and more. It got old, as trends do, and we reached Canis lupus critical mass in 2009 with Wolf Gang. The gentler… More »

Determining the year’s best albums is, admittedly, a subjective pursuit. But even more than an albums roundup, a list of songs is an intensely personal way to sum up a year in music. It is a process of appreciating the trees in a forest so sprawling it can never be mapped out entirely, celebrating the… More »

Alex Zhang Hungtai, bka Dirty Beaches, recently released Drifters/Love Is The Devil, an ambitious double-album that dazzles with his cinematic lo-fi sound. Its latter half is filled with intensely moody instrumental tracks that make for some heavy and heady listening. Hungtai stopped by to talk about the introspective album — and he brought along… More »

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In Memoriam: The Bands We Lost In 2014

Since 2008 I've put together a holiday-time video tribute to the year's band breakups. It's a sad endeavor really, but there is a bright side.
Scott Lapatine | December 29, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Last Lizard (Dirty Beaches’ Alex Zhang Hungtai) – “Dickie’s Theme” & “Detroit (Excerpt)”

The Taiwan-born, Montreal-based musician Alex Zhang Hungtai spent years releasing murky, enigmatic, retro-leaning music under his Dirty Beaches alias, but he announced last month that…
Tom Breihan | November 17, 2014 - 12:29 pm

Dirty Beaches Break Up

When a band is really just one guy, it doesn't make much sense to say that the band is breaking up. But Dirty Beaches are…
Tom Breihan | October 28, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Dirty Beaches – “Displaced”

Whether he's evoking the aural equivalent of a Wong Kar-Wai film or the frenzied rage of Suicide, the music created by Alex Zhang Hungtai under…
Miles Bowe | August 18, 2014 - 11:58 am

Stream Dirty Beaches Neon Gods Of Lost Youth

Last year Alex Zhang Hungtai, better known by his moniker Dirty Beaches, released the double album Drifters/Love Is The Devil which split its discs in…
Miles Bowe | May 23, 2014 - 1:29 pm

Q&A: Dirty Beaches’ Alex Zhang Hungtai On Confounding Expectations (Mostly His Own) And His Musical Future

There is no denying that Alex Zhang Hungtai is an intense dude. As the heart and soul behind Dirty Beaches, he makes music that is…
T. Cole Rachel | May 29, 2013 - 4:55 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I'm not entirely sure this week's pick for best video even qualifies as a music video; it certainly stretches the definition. But in its impeccable…
Tom Breihan | May 24, 2013 - 9:58 am

Dirty Beaches – “Casino Lisboa” Video

On the new double album Drifters/Love Is The Devil, Alex Zhang Hungtai's Dirty Beaches project pushes its combination of tense lo-fi noise and sweaty rockabilly…
Tom Breihan | May 20, 2013 - 1:36 pm

Dirty Beaches – “Casino Lisboa”

Alex Zhang Hungtai’s Dirty Beaches will release Drifters/Love Is The Devil later this month and "Casino Lisboa" is his third offering from the LP. What…
Claire Lobenfeld | May 3, 2013 - 2:09 pm

Dirty Beaches – “Landscapes In The Mist”

Here's the second offering from Alex Zhang Hungtai's upcoming album. "Landscapes In The Mist" is, in its own way, fairly more energetic than the first…
Claire Lobenfeld | April 5, 2013 - 3:21 pm

Dirty Beaches – “Love Is The Devil”

While Alex Zhang Hungtai's breakthrough 2011 Badlands LP was most memorable for its greasy rockabilly (by way of Suicide, the Cramps, and David Lynch), he's…
Amrit Singh | January 28, 2013 - 10:16 am

Dirty Beaches – “Elizabeth’s Theme”

Kingfisher Bluez, a Vancouver indie label, is launching a new subscription singles series, sending out a limited number of one-sided 7" singles. Artists like Rose…
Tom Breihan | August 13, 2012 - 2:34 pm

Xiu Xiu Cover Erasure, Dirty Beaches Cover Françoise Hardy For Record Store Day

Tourmates Xiu Xiu and Dirty Beaches will release a split 7'' for Record Store Day, featuring Xiu Xiu's cover of Erasure's "Always" and Dirty Beaches'…
Corban Goble | March 30, 2012 - 9:58 am

Dirty Beaches – “Stye Eye”

The decomposing-rockabilly auteur Dirty Beaches has a new limited-edition single out. The A-side is a live version of "Lone Runner," and the B-side is a…
Tom Breihan | October 21, 2011 - 12:03 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This week's music-video MVP was whoever was responsible for researching New York signage in Kindness's "Cyan" video. That must've taken a lot of work! As…
Tom Breihan | October 14, 2011 - 2:34 pm

Dirty Beaches – “Lone Runner” Video

Pretty much nothing is as it seems in this eerie clip for 40 Best New Bands alum Dirty Beaches' "Lone Runner," a clip that's paired…
Corban Goble | October 13, 2011 - 11:37 am