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Review and photos by Mary AndrewsDale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is an indie-pop band that formed in 2009 by members, Josh Epstein and Dan Zott. The band with the weird name also includes drummer Mike Higgins and keyboardist Jon Visger. The name of the band is the first thing to capture your attention. The band has no relationship with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. According to the band's biography, "the name is a title that was immediately jarring but paid homage to their philosophy of mixing together different ideas." The name allowed the band to go in any music direction.
They are on a headlining North American tour promoting their critically acclaimed sophomore album, The Speed of Things. They released a new video for the single, "Run", which gained over 150,000 plays the first week on YouTube. Paste magazine has labeled the band one of "The 25 Best Live Acts of 2013."
The stage is much smaller than the band normally plays. The venue's sound equipment had a lot of popping that could not be resolved. (This equipment is due to be upgraded in two weeks.) For now, the band was determined to make the best of the situation.
The show lived up to the label "one of the best live act in 2013!" The packed house started and remained enthusiastic throughout the show. They informed the crowd early on that this was their first visit to Tucson and they were happy to be here. Josh and Dan are both incredibly skilled at multi-tasking. Josh was playing keyboards, snare, guitar, and saxophone at times. Dan also played keyboards, percussion, and guitar with more instruments that were probably hidden.
Midway through the show, Josh and Dan really let loose and hair started to fly. Dan somehow managed to dance all over the stage in spite of the clutter. Highlights were "Almost Lost Detroit," "If You Didn't See Me" and "Run."
Their brand of pop music is innovative and upbeat. Even their cover songs have a brand new flavor that is refreshing! They work hard during their live show to give the audience a great time.
I Think It's Going to Rain Today (Randy Newman cover)
An Ugly Person on a Movie Screen
Don't Tell Me
Ooh La La (Faces cover)
We Almost Lost Detroit
If You Didn't See Me (Then You Weren't on the Dancefloor)
Nothing but Our Love
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