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Who Is…Dirty Beaches

By Andrew Parks, Contributor

While most people associate Nicolas Cage with flaccid popcorn flicks like National Treasure, Alex Zhang Hungtai still relishes his mercurial role as Sailor Ripley, the Elvis-quoting outlaw who dives straight off the deep end in one of David Lynch's most divisive movies, 1990's Wild At Heart. Fittingly, Ripley is one of the many role models for the central character in Hungtai's breakthrough record as Dirty Beaches. Badlands is a concept album that's inspired by everything from… more »