Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Plays Tonight and Wednesday at Stubb’s Indoor Venue
Detroit-based duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. has been dubbed everything from retro-psych pop to digital folk. After checking out their debut EP Horse Power (2010) and their full-length release It’s A Corporate World, you may understand why it’s a tad difficult to pin a description on them.
It began with a phone call in 2009. Josh Epstein contacted Daniel Zott after seeing him perform, impressed with his songwriting and stage presence. Admittedly, the two musicians were from totally different stylistic backgrounds, and both were busy with other projects at the time, but something clicked. They got together and wrote the track “Simple Girl,” and that was soon followed by an entire collection of new songs, some of which appeared later on Horse Power.
The mix is no ordinary one. You can describe their sound with a bundle of genres to identify it. But labels aside, their collaboration constructs an extraordinary cacophony of different pieces that fit together in unusual ways, even if these pieces seem disparate on their own.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is playing the official afterparty show following the sold-out Modest Mouse shows tonight and tomorrow night at Stubb’s indoor venue, 801 Red River. Doors open at 10 p.m. Recommended.