Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. will be releasing a special Detroit-themed 12″ for Record Store Day. The EP will feature “We Almost Lost Detroit,” a Gil Scott-Heron cover that also appears on their full length debut It’s A Corporate World, as well as two covers of songs by fellow Detroit artists Madonna and Sixto Rodriguez and three remixes by Detroit-based artists. The 12″ is a limited pressing of 2k standard black vinyl units and will be available for $16.98 exclusively on Record Store Day on 4/21.
We Almost Lost Detroit EP (Record Store Day exclusive 12″)
We Almost Lost Detroit (album version)
Like A Prayer (Madonna cover)
I Think Of You (Sixto Rodriguez cover)
We Almost Lost Detroit (Stepdad remix)
Morning Thought (Phantasmagoria remix)
Simple Girl (Chuck Daniels remix)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. will play a special hometown show in Detroit at the Majestic Theatre on Record Store Day on 4/21. They also added a pair of headlining shows in NYC at Brooklyn Bowl on 3/31 and Bowery Ballroom on 4/1, and will play a few shows at SXSW in Austin as well as at Bonnaroo this summer. A full list of upcoming tour dates is below.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Tour Dates
3/3 Snowball Music Festival, Vail, CO
3/6 Opolis, Norman, OK
3/7 Juanitas, Little Rock, AR
3/8 Rio Room, Dallas, TX – DJ set
3/9 SXSW, Do512 Party @ The Belmont
3/10 SXSW, private party
3/11 SXSW, private party
3/12 SXSW, Syndicate/Hype Machine Kickoff Party @ Hype Hotel
3/13 SXSW, Warner Music Group showcase
3/30 Nowadays Music Festival, Bethlehem, PA
3/31 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY
4/1 Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
6/7-10 Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. will kick off the new year on the West Coast, touring with Fitz and the Tantrums and making their national TV debut on Conan January 30th. They’ll also be headlining Echoplex in LA on January 31st. The band will finish up this year with a few headlining dates this week- in Philadelphia today, NYC on Thursday (WIRED in-store) and Boston on Friday.
IFC just premiered a video that the band shot a few months ago while in a remote village in Iceland. Set to a sparse piano version of their track “Nothing But Our Love,” the video artfully documents the band’s visit to a self-sustainable community just outside of Reykjavík.
12/13 Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA
12/15 WIRED Pop-Up Store, New York, NY
12/16 Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA
12/17 Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY – DJ Set – Brooklyn Vegan Holiday Party
1/15 Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO *
1/17 Knitting Factory, Boise, ID *
1/19 Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC *
1/20 Showbox at the Market, Seattle, WA *
1/21 Showbox at the Market, Seattle, WA *
1/24 Roseland Theater, Portland, OR *
1/26 Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA *
1/28 Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Stateline, NV *
1/31 Echoplex, Los Angeles, CA (Headlining)
For our final day of coverage of Lollapalooza, our writer Michael Zonenashvili would have to make the most difficult decision of the weekend: Foo Fighters or Deadmau5? Find out which he chose below. (Photos courtesy of Lollapalooza Flickr page)
The Joy Formidable:
The best set that could possibly happen so early in the morning. The UK’s Joy Formidable could play the extended outro of “Whirring” as an entire set and I’d be more than fine with it. What preceded that closing song, was a quick slew of songs from the thunderous album “The Big Roar.” The crowd clapped along without any prompt from the band, only encouragement after already starting, Ritzy Bryan saying, “Fuck yeah! Keep doing that.” Massive double kick drums, all the bass strings hit at once, and Ritzy’s army of guitars compact into one made it the loudest non-headlining show of the weekend. I always like to consider Ritzy Bryan to be the My Bloody Valentine incarnate that’s actually listenable/discernible. But yeah, back to that outro. A ten minute extended version of “Whirring” concluded the set, complete with Ritzy and crew thrashing their instruments, meddling with pedals, and Ritzy smashing a guitar into a gong. A perfect wake up call.
Noah and The Whale:
I came to the stage expecting a cheery, ukulele ridden, completely inappropriate for a main stage set. Only one of those rang true. Being clad in matching suits was not the only thing that made Noah and the Whale seem like they were trying to be The National. New songs were droney and little too post-breakup to keep the crowd interested. The violin that cut through all their album tunes shifted from whimsical to eerie, and the songs as grey as the suits. A ukulele wasn’t the only thing missing from the most anticipated track, “Five Years Time.” Replaced with a guitar, and stripped of all charm, the song had me(and seemingly others) completely disengaged. Perhaps they would’ve just been better suited for the stage in the shade.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. hasn’t given up their shtick. They still came out in racing suits, only to strip them off before starting to play – it is hot, after all. I hadn’t yet seen them post-album release, but a little did change. Even more tight on the harmonies, on point with dynamics, and with no decrease in enthusiasm. Even stage banter was inspired and sincere, balancing between cheesy cuteness and festival-y togetherness. My only complaint is that they traded their cover of the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” for a Celine Dion one. Probably not a career defining move, but it’s not too late to go back.
“I should learn how to play that one.” murmured Ric Ocasek following the career defining “Just What I Needed.” Even he knew something was up, and that’s what made the set a little disappointing. Compared to last year’s “legacy” act, Devo, The Cars made me feel old and dated themselves as well. Can’t blame it on being tired of old tunes; even new songs from “Move Like This” lacked enthusiasm and volume. The audience awkwardly bobbed to “My Best Friend’s Girl” as I sat on a hill and feared the impending storm.
Delayed by thirty minutes due to the second strongest storm of the weekend, the Arctic Monkeys refrained from making too many jokes about the weather and got straight to the music. It was a shame that after every song I’d have to actively hope that the next one wasn’t from “Humbug,” but songs from “Suck It And See” melded well with old tracks, and the band luckily got a 45 minute set instead of being cut down to 30 by the storm. Just enough time to appease the crowd with songs like “Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” and “When the Sun Goes Down” that were significantly more enthused and energized than when played on the “Humbug” tour. Maybe all Alex needed was a haircut, but whatever it was, the band is starting to get their groove back.
Explosions in the Sky:
Every time, Explosions in the Sky is a completely cathartic experience without even needing lyrics. Perfect buildups to even better payoffs riddle their extremely precise set. An artistic approach to volume and crescendo establishes the band as one deserving of their almost religious following. Perhaps there were only previous fans at the stage, others walking by to see the Foo Fighters and wondering “why aren’t they singing yet?” but those fans were into it. The crowd would be at Explosions’ side until the rain washed the set away, and the Foos started to blast across the park.
I passed up seeing a stadium rock band to see a DJ I hate. Was it worth it? Completely. After the brief, torrential storm that turned any blade of grass left on Grant Park into mud, we had all potentially garnered pneumonia but had made it to the North Stage. Upon passing the hill to the stage, we had the first glimpse at Deadmau5′s massive production. His famed Cube setup was bolstered by more lights and crazy rigging, and apparently that was only about half the setup that was allowed with the weather. The Deadmau5 set had an entire field dancing and jumping in mud, and I guess something converted me. Seeing everyone in a field lose their collective shit regardless of being covered in god knows what was exciting. Even the remix of “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” was tasteful, a nice nod to the band that everyone hopes will headline Lolla with each announcement released.
Deadmau5 was able to convince thousands of people to opt out of returning to their hotel to shower, in favor of being dirty and listening to some great beat drops accompanied with great lighting and design. And fine, I don’t hate him, “Ghosts n Stuff” is a pretty fun one, I admit.
Recently wrapping up an amazing national headlining tour, Detroit duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. have announced a fall tour in support of their acclaimed debut LP, It’s A Corporate World, which made one of Filter’s “Top 20 Records of 2011 (So Far..)” and the NPR Listeners Poll as “Best Of The Year”. The band will make several festival appearances along the way including Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Philadelphia’s Popped! Festival.
8/05 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
8/7 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
9/06 – Denver, Colorado – Hi-Dive
9/08 – Costa Mesa, California – Detroit Bar
9/09 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
9/10 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Music Thing
9/12 – Las Vegas, NV – Book & Stage at Cosmopolitan
9/13 – Las Vegas, NV – Book & Stage at Cosmopolitan
9/14 – Las Vegas, NV – Book & Stage at Cosmopolitan
9/18 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
9/20 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
9/21 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern
9/22 – Washington, D.C. – The Red Palace
9/23 – Philadelphia, PA – Popped! Festival
9/24 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Check out this unofficial video a fan made for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s song “Simple Girl.” The video features a pretty actress running around on the beach and eating macarons (not macaroons, macarons!)
Watch it below and catch Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. on tour this summer.
June, 25 – St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
Aug, 05-07 – Lollapalooza – Chicago, IL
Sept, 16-18 – Austin City Limits – Austin, TX
Sept, 23-24 – Popped! – Philadelphia, PA
The POPPED! Music Festival is back with a vengeance this fall in Philadelphia, PA. To take place Friday, September 23, and Saturday, September 24, this is the first year the festival will be held outside on the lush grounds of FDR Park. The confirmed local and international artists to perform include: The Shins, Pretty Lights, Cage The Elephant, and Girl Talk, as well as Panda Bear, Elbow, The Hold Steady, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Company of Thieves, Foster The People, Rakim, Cults, Kreayshawn, Black Thought & J.Period Mixtape, Charles Bradley, Titus Andronicus, The Vaccines, The Budos Band, Patty Crash, Mates of State, Zee Avi, Black Landlord, and more!
In just its fourth year, POPPED! Music Festival 2011 is bringing something new and exciting that Philadelphia has never had before – a 2-day outdoor destination festival showcasing intriguing and diverse artists on three stages of live music, DJ’s, and stand-up comedy. Produced by Electric Factory in conjunction with Alexis Rosenzweig of POPPED! Festival, Inc., POPPED! Music Festival is a testament to showcasing Philadelphia as a prime destination for live music.
“POPPED! has come back this year bigger than ever! We have an exciting line-up, and in our new home in FDR Park, POPPED! is truly bringing the festival experience to Philadelphia,” says Alexis Rosenzweig, Executive Producer of POPPED! Music Festival, ”A festival like this has never been done in this city before.”
In addition, the festival wouldn’t be complete without recognizing Philadelphia’s definitive stake as one of the country’s most impressive culinary destinations and home to celebrity chefs and notable restaurants. POPPED! Music Festival will feature a unique Food Bazaar curated by celebrated Philadelphia chefs, CityPaper’s Mealticket & Philly Homegrown, along with local and sustainable food options from the area’s restaurants, gourmet food trucks, and markets. POPPED! Music Festival also aims to bring awareness to Philadelphia’s green efforts through recycling programs, local fair, partnerships with local businesses, and strongly encouraging the use of public transportation.
“Bryan Dilworth, Alexis Rosenzweig and our team have put together an exciting festival that is just the right size in just the right place. Popped! Music Festival is bringing some amazing talent to Philadelphia, and anyone who attends is going to have an incredible experience,” says Larry Magid.
A limited number of Early Bird 2-day passes ($90) and limited Early Bird 2-day VIP passes ($175) are on sale Monday, June 20th at 10am through Thursday, June 23rd at 10pm. Use the code: POPPED (2-day pass) and code: VIPOPPED (2-day VIP Pass) on PoppedPhiladelphia.com or Ticketmaster.com. VIP passes include a special viewing area near the stage, separate entrance & bar/food/restroom areas. Regular price 2-day passes ($110) and 2-day VIP passes ($200) go on sale Friday, June 24th at 10am at PoppedPhiladelphia.com, Ticketmaster.com, ElectricFactory.Info, charge by phone at 800-745-8000, or the Electric Factory Box Office located at 421 N. 7th Street (No service fees for cash purchases!).
LINE-UP IS AS FOLLOWS:
Friday: Gates @ 2 pm
Saturday: Gates @ 11 am
THE SHINS • CAGE THE ELEPHANT •
PANDA BEAR • ELBOW •
THE HOLD STEADY •
THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART
DALE EARNHARDT JR. JR.
COMPANY OF THIEVES • & MORE!
PRETTY LIGHTS • GIRL TALK •
FOSTER THE PEOPLE • RAKIM • CULTS • KREAYSHAWN •
BLACK THOUGHT & J. PERIOD MIXTAPE •
CHARLES BRADLEY • TITUS ANDRONICUS • THE VACCINES •
THE BUDOS BAND • PATTY CRASH
MATES OF STATE • ZEE AVI • BLACK LANDLORD • & MORE!
About POPPED! Food Bazaar
The POPPED! Food Bazaar is an essential element of the Festival experience and we are committed to providing our concert-goers our city’s best restaurants and markets as well as fresh, local, and vegetarian/vegan friendly options. Our vendor selection process favor eateries that will bring the Philly flavor to the Festival with offerings that go far beyond the standard street fare.
About FDR Park:
FDR Park is a green oasis in South Philadelphia. With its beautiful natural resources including fields and lakes, and easy accessibility, FDR Park is the ideal location for the POPPED! Music Festival. From walking trails to golfing, to a world famous skate park that has been featured on many video games, and now a music festival. FDR Park has it all! FDR Park is located directly across the street from the Sports Complex (Citizens Bank Park, Lincoln Financial Field, Wells Fargo Center).
Celebrating the upcoming release of their highly-anticipated debut album, ‘It’s a Corporate World,’Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. will be performing live at the Warner Bros. Records Summer Sessions on Friday, June 3 at 4:30pm ET/1:30pm PT. The Detroit-based recording and songwriting project will be streaming the entire performance live on Livestream for fans across the globe to enjoy. Viewers are invited to tune in at http://www.livestream.com/warnerbrosrecords.
Detroit duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. are preparing for the release of their full-length debut, It’s a Corporate World out on Quite Scientific Records. Set for a June 7th release the band have added new headlining dates in support of their forthcoming full-length. It’s a Corporate World is available for pre-order at Itunes.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. toured through the spring with Tapes ‘n Tapes, performed SXSW ’11, and are now headlining an extensive tour including dates with The Generationals and rising artist EMA. In the midst of all the excitement the band had the opportunity to sit down with Dan Harris from ABC to talk about the album in an ABC Amplified piece. The band will continue to tour throughout the summer excited to announce their first appearances at Lollapalooza this August and Austin City Limits festival in September.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. on Tour
May, 25 – Proud Larry’s – Oxford, MI
May, 26 – Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
May, 27 – Club DaDa – Dallas, TX
May, 28 – Emo’s Alternative Lounge – Austin, TX
May, 31 – Santa Fe Brewing Company – Santa Fe, NM
June, 01 – Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ
June, 02 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA
June, 03 – The Echo – Echo Park, CA
June, 04 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
June , 06 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
June, 07 – The Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
June, 09 – The Neurolux – Boise, ID
June, 10 – Kilby Court Gallery – Salt Lake City, UT
June, 11 – Hi-Dive – Denver, CO
June, 13 – The Waiting room – Omaha, NE
June, 14 – The Mill – Iowa City, IA
June, 15 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
June, 17 – White Rabbit Cabaret – Indianapolis, IN
June, 18 – The Mad Hatter – Covington, Kentucky
June, 25 – St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
Aug, 05-07 – Lollapalooza – Chicago, IL
Sept, 16-18 – Austin City Limits – Austin, TX
If you happen to be an insomniac like us, you probably caught this already. If you slept (you lucky bastards), here’s the full 2011 Lollapalooza lineup. As always, lineup is subject to change because of denied visas, band breakups, etc. You can pick up your tickets at www.lollapalooza.com. Will it sell out? We don’t think so but who thought Coachella would sell out in one weekend?
Check out the lineup below:
A Perfect Circle
Big Audio Dynamite
Boy & Bear
Cage the Elephant
Cee Lo Green
City and Colour
Cold War Kids
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & Nas
Death From Above 1979
Explosions in the Sky
Fitz & the Tantrums
Foster the People
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
J. Roddy Walston and the Business
Kids These Days
Kyle Lucas & Captain Midnite
Maps & Atlases
Mayer Hawthorne & the County
My Morning Jacket
Noah & The Whale
PerryEtty vs Chris Cox
Portugal the Man
Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses
Super Mash Bros.
TAB the Band
the Bloody Beetroots Death Crew
the Chain Gang of 1974
the Glitch Mob
the Joy Formidable
the Kingston Springs
the Mountain Goats
the Naked and Famous
the Pains of Being Pure at Heart
the Pretty Reckless
Two Door Cinema Club
Young the Giant