Dirty Beaches is back (free show today), played NXNE (pics)
NXNE photos by Natasha Ryan
Dirty Beaches @ NXNE
At times eerie but always compelling. Whether on 'True Blue,' which he dedicated to the ladies, or the rockabilly-laced 'Sweet 17,' the music rarely give the audience a warm, fuzzy feeling.
If there was one miscue, it was a cover of Mattress' 'El Dorado' which had him sans guitar and crooning like a jilted lover from a David Lynch film. Acknowledging that he'd "graduated from playing basements" to NXNE's main stage at Yonge-Dundas Square (the same stage that New Wave icons Devo would grace hours later), Dirty Beaches ended the set with a grin on his face and a few fist pumps. A fine set, even if the songs provoke images of dark, dimly lit alleys -- a strange brew for a gloriously sunny day.
More pictures from the show and a video of him playing "Sweet 17" are below.
As mentioned in This Week in Indie (and other times before that) Dirty Beaches plays a free show tonight (7/1) at South Street Seaport with Lower Dens. Things kick off at 7pm.
More pictures, video, and all tour dates below...
Dirty Beaches - "Sweet 17" at NXNE
Dirty Beaches -- 2011 Tour Dates
Fri 07/01/11 Seaport Music Festival New York NY Lower Dens
Thu 08/18/11 Skybar West Hollywood CA
Fri 08/19/11 The Clift San Francisco San Francisco CA
Fri 09/09/11 Music Fest Northwest Portland OR
Sat 09/24/11 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto ON Peter Hook & The Light, Frankie Rose & the Outs