Dirty Beaches (aka Alex Zhang Hungtai) was up first, playing his entire set with not much more than a guitar and microphone run through several electronic boxes at his feet. Serenades and shouts mixed with pre-recorded loops in an interesting way that sounded something like Elvis noir. A few technical glitches (the mic cutting out, loops continuing until shut off) disrupted the momentum, but I left interested enough to want to check out his full length album coming out in March on Zoo Records.
Where Dirty Beaches was about one guy making a lot of sound, Minks was strangely the opposite with six members somehow streamlining into a very minimal pop sound. (Listening to their songs, I would have guessed them to either be a duo or trio at most.) Of the two opening bands, they were more obviously connected to the Dum Dum Girls’ sound and I overheard more than a few positive comments about the group in the crowd after their set.