This Friday night you do not want to miss Dirty Beaches and Xiu Xiu when they occupy the Terrace stage. Nice weather, great beer, and avant garde music? Let’s do this.
Dirty Beaches consists solely of Alex Zhang Hungtai, originally from Taiwan but now throwing it down in British Columbia. If his reputable locations don’t wow your socks off, his low-fi and swooning sound will most definitely do the trick. “Drum loops, Hungtai’s croon, and the yearning melodies draped overtop belie as much a sense of haunting mystery as they do romanticism and wry humour,” says Last.fm’s Joshua Frank. Those yearning melodies helped Dirty Beaches gain critical acclaim with debut LP Badlands in 2011, which you can check out with all his various other shorter releases over at his bandcamp. Watch Hungtai destroy with “Sweet 17” at SXSW 2011 in the video at the end of the article.
Hailing from San Jose, CA, Xiu Xiu is comprised of Jamie Stewart, Angela Seo, Bettina Escauriza, Marc Riordan, and Devin Hoff. The band got their name from the 1998 Chinese film, Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl. Polyvinyl Records describes Xiu Xiu’s newest album, Always, as “Always relevant, always provocative, always surprising, always evolving, always glittering.” Stewart’s songs are known for combining avant pop sound with cut-throat, honest lyrics. Download “Hi” from Always at the end of the article to hear what that sounds like.
Finally, Father Murphy describes themselves as at three-person “non-band,” made up of Freddie Murphy, Chiara Lee, and Vitorrio Demarin. Currently living in Italy, the group experiments with a plethora of instruments like kid drum sets, chinese toys, and violins. Father Murphy isn’t just a hit in Italy, however; they’ve played over 200 shows in the past few years and made their mark on the U.S. psych-pop scene as well, drawing the attention of some indie heavy-hitters. Their most recent album, Anyway, Your Children Will Deny It was mixed by Greg Saunier of Deerhoof. Known for their mysteriousness, Father Murphy’s last.fm page even claims that band member Freddie is actually a “reverend who sings a song from this world and the other one.” If that description doesn’t make you curious, I don’t know what will.
So grab a pitcher or some Babcock ice cream from the Daily Scoop, have yourself a seat on one of the new and blue Terrace chairs, and let yourself be overcome by the sounds of Dirty Beaches, Xiu Xiu, and Father Murphy.