Dirty Beaches


Know Your Beach Bands

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,…
Patrick Hosken | March 27, 2015 - 1:20 pm

In Memoriam: 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


Stereogum’s 50 Favorite Songs Of 2013

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…
Stereogum | December 12, 2013 - 1:09 pm


Turntable Interview: Dirty Beaches & Dum Dum Girls

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…
Melissa Locker | September 5, 2013 - 2:24 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

Straight To Video

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