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New Music: JR JR – “Gone”


Check out the new video for “Gone” from JR JR (formerly known as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Jr.)

September 12, 2015  – NeoCycle Fest – Cleveland, OH
September 13, 2015 – Chill on the Hill – Sterling Heights, MI

September 25, 2015 – Midpoint Music Festival – Cincinnati, OH
September 29, 2015 – Turf Club – St. Paul, MN
October 1, 2015 – Firebird – St. Louis, MO
October 2, 2015 – The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS
October 3, 2015 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
October 6, 2015 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
October 7, 2015 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
October 9, 2015 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
October 10, 2015 – Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA
October 14, 2015 – The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
October 16, 2015 – Mohawk – Austin, TX
October 18, 2015 – Warehouse Live Studio – Houston, TX
October 20, 2015 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
October 22, 2015 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
October 23, 2015 – Terminal West @ King Plow Arts Center – Atlanta, GA
October 24, 2015 – Downtown Milledgeville – Milledgeville, GA
October 26, 2015 – Club Downunder – Tallahassee, FL
October 27, 2015 – State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
October 28, 2015 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
October 30, 2015 – The Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC
October 31, 2015 – Haw River Ballroom – Saxapahaw, NC
November 2, 2015 – Jefferson Theater – Charlottesville, VA
November 3, 2015 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
November 4, 2015 – Webster Hall – New York, NY
November 5, 2015 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
November 6, 2015 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
November 7, 2015 – The Hollow – Albany, NY
November 11, 2015 – The A&R Music Bar – Columbus, OH
November 12, 2015 – Deluxe @ Old National Center – Indianapolis, IN
November 14, 2015 – Metro – Chicago, IL


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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. renaming themselves JR JR


The following is a letter from Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr. — explaining their decision for a name change.


Dear Friends, Fans, Internet Users, And Everyone Else Out There

We wish to address you one final time as Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr.

A bit of backstory is probably in order…
What started out as a basement recording project in 2009 has become a full time career for us, and we are eternally grateful for the opportunity that it has given us to make music and work on art the past few years.

As we prepared to release our first full length album on Warner Brothers Records back in 2011, our band name became a topic of concern among people who work with us. The concerns were y’know… legal ones. Bands stuck in courtrooms have a tough time touring and making records so it was decided that the name needed to be addressed, and possibly even changed.  As much of a hail mary as it seemed as the time, our solution was to just write Dale Earnhardt Jr himself and explain we were in no way making light of him or his family,  that we were fans of his and hoped he wouldn’t take offense to our existence.

What’s crazy is he actually wrote us back…
 The exceptionally good natured spirit of the man himself lifted everyone’s spirits about the name.  We were proud to keep it, and create under it.  To this day, Dale Earnhardt Jr has been nothing but gracious and cool about things. And y’know…he didn’t have to be. It was perfectly within his right to look at these two weird kids from Detroit and say ‘no way’, or to just have an intermediary shut things down on his behalf. But he didn’t. He was a legitimately warm human being about it all. He was kind. A couple of times when asked about us, he even mentioned that he likes the music we make. This, we thought, was the best case scenario.

When we initially chose the name Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, the feeling was that it gave us an amazing flexibility.  We were just meeting as people, and hadn’t begun to scratch the surface of knowing what our voice, as a band or each individually, would be. Band names are a weird thing to begin with, but we figured if we named our band Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr there would be no expectations for what we were meant to sound like. Something that bizarre would just have to be listened to and judged without preconception. And realistically, we never thought so many people would be up for taking that sort of a listening experience on.

But people really did. You guys did. And since then we’ve been continually overwhelmed by seeing so many people around the world having such a passionate connection with the things we have made.  What we’ve been able to do, as a result of our amazing fans, fills us with a lot of pride.

The flip side is that as things have grown, so has the amount of confusion caused by the name Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr.  Some of it is no big deal and easily cleared up. But sometimes we get sad and bizarre requests sent to our social media sites or emailed to people we work with. We’ve had people drive long distances to shows only to be disappointed when they realize it’s a neurotic Jew and wild haired gentile from Detroit they’ve paid to see. A number of times now we’ve received hope filled inquiries from people who have dying relatives that only want to meet Dale Earnhardt Jr (the driver) before they pass.  Those sorts of interactions feel a little voyeuristic and eerie, and even attempting to simply clarify the situation means you’ve added a moment of embarrassment to someone’s day when they’re already going through a lot.

We recognize that we created this situation and that the name has been a part of getting to where we are now. It stirred up some attention for us in the modern internet world of over-stimulation, and we aren’t complaining about any of it–good and bad.  The name has become it’s own personality, though.  Almost, another member of the band.

But as time has passed, we have grown into ourselves, both as artists and individuals.  Each of our perspectives have gotten stronger, and we’ve found that there is no longer room for a third, ubiquitous member of the project.

So recently, after a lot of thought and discussion, we made the decision to shorten our band name to the much more brief moniker of…


We hope this doesn’t bum you guys out too much. In our mind, changing our name to JR JR allows us to take back our voice in a way.  To us It is all about empowerment, and being who we feel we need to be moving forward.

At the same time, we don’t want to run away from what we’ve done under this name with all of you in the past.  If you need us to remain Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr for your own reasons, we have no problem with you calling us that. After all, nobody is forcing us into this change, so we’re able to do it at our own pace. Functionally, we will go on performing as Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr for a short while longer so that nothing feels imminently different when we announce shows. We probably even have a few t-shirts with the old name left that we’ll burn through the last of in the coming months.

But in the long run we’re going to transition into just being JR JR. We encourage you all to come out to the next show near you and celebrate another phase of life with us.  The past is passed, and we are so excited about the future.  We hope there is nothing mournful about this.

ESPECIALLY… because we’ll have another announcement very very soon. One that we hope gives all of you out there a reason to move forward with us as JR JR.

Ok, this has gotten lengthy so we’ll leave it at that for now.

Thank you for allowing us into your worlds…We are eternally grateful for the privilege

yours truly,
Josh & Daniel

who at times have referred to themselves as Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr

but are now going to be known as the much easier to say…


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New track: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – “Don’t Tell Me”


Just two weeks out from the release of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s sophomore LP, The Speed of Things, the guys have dropped a brand new song, “Don’t Tell Me.” DEJJ’s Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott explain: “Before we even knew we were going to make a second album we began playing this song live almost two years ago and have been dodging questions after shows about when it was going to be made available ever since.” The track premiered with Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco yesterday.

Listen: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – “Don’t Tell Me”

Paste recently championed DEJJ’s lead single, “If You Didn’t See Me, Then You Weren’t On The Dancefloor)” as one of the “Best Songs of Summer” alongside the likes of Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake, Vampire Weekend, and more. Teen Vogue just called out the album as one of “The Most Exciting Albums Coming Out This Fall” raving “Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. makes straightforward, infectious indie-pop that you’ll listen to again and again.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. have linked up with labelmates Atlas Genius for the “Ones To Watch Tour” this fall, which just launched this week. It includes two nights in NYC on October 10th and 11th at Irving Plaza, The Wiltern in LA November 6th and The Fillmore in SF November 7th. A full list of dates is below.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Upcoming Tour Dates:

  • 09/25     Pabst Theater- Milwaukee, WI*
  • 09/26     Varsity Theater- Minneapolis, MN*
  • 09/27     Gabe’s – Iowa City, IA
  • 09/28     High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
  • 09/29     Mojo’s – Columbia, MO
  • 10/01     House of Blues- Chicago, IL*
  • 10/02     House of Blues- Cleveland, OH*
  • 10/04     Danforth Music Hall- Toronto, ON*
  • 10/05     Cabaret Mile – End – Montreal, Canada
  • 10/06     Port City – Portland, ME
  • 10/08     House of Blues- Boston, MA*
  • 10/10     Irving Plaza- New York, NY*
  • 10/11     Irving Plaza- New York, NY*
  • 10/12     Theatre of the Living Arts- Philadelphia, PA*
  • 10/13     The Fillmore/Silver Spring- Silver Spring, MD*
  • 10/21     The Borderline – London, UK
  • 10/23     Hoxton Square – London, UK
  • 11/01     House of Blues- Anaheim, CA*
  • 11/06     The Wiltern- Los Angeles, CA*
  • 11/07     The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
  • 11/09     Crystal Ballroom- Portland, OR*
  • 11/10     Venue- Vancouver, BC*
  • 11/11     Neptune Theatre- Seattle, WA*
  • 11/23     Detroit Masonic Temple – Detroit, MI

*”Ones to Watch” Tour w/ Atlas Genius

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Video: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Partners with Funny or Die To Premiere Video for “Dancefloor”

Detroit’s affable duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. have partnered with Funny Or Die for a rare FOD music video premiere for “If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On The Dancefloor),” which launched this morning. The clip follows two cops, actors John Ennis (Mr. Show, Tenacious D) and Jay Johnston (Anchorman, Men in Black II, Arrested Development), as they attempt to hunt down Josh and Daniel of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and put a stop to their party time shenanigans at “The Dancefloor.” It was directed by pro skateboarder turned video director Laban Pheidias of Occupy Films, who has previously worked with Justin Timberlake, Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys.

“Making this video was an epic day in sunny Los Angeles” explains the band. “We wore more make up than we had cumulatively worn in our entire lives prior to filming this, and got to hang out with some of the most talented comedians we’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.  It was a really wonderful day, even when you factor in the food poisoning that Josh and the Director got form the craft services table. While the original intention of the video was not necessarily centered around humor, the energy of the actors we ended up being able to work with brought it to a great new place.”

Buzzing DJ/producer/vocalist AMTRAC is the latest to remix “If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On The Dancefloor), check out his vibed out treatment of the track, perfect for summer mixtapes.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. are playing a handful of summer festivals in August, then will be joining label mates Atlas Genius on the “Ones to Watch” tour through November, including back-to-back shows at NYC’s Irving Plaza.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Confirmed North American Show Dates:

08/17   Mo Pop Festival-Sterling Heights, MI

08/24   The LC Pavillion/Summerfest-Columbus, OH

08/31   WARMfest- Indianapolis, IN

09/24   Bogart’s- Cincinnati, OH*

09/25   Pabst Theater- Milwaukee, WI*

09/26   Varsity Theater- Minneapolis, MN*

10/01   House of Blues- Chicago, IL*

10/02   House of Blues- Cleveland, OH*

10/04   Danforth Music Hall- Toronto, ON*

10/08   House of Blues- Boston, MA*

10/10   Irving Plaza- New York, NY*

10/11   Irving Plaza- New York, NY*

10/12   Theatre of the Living Arts- Philadelphia, PA*

10/13   The Fillmore/Silver Spring- Silver Spring, MD*

11/01   House of Blues- Anaheim, CA*

11/06   The Wiltern- Los Angeles, CA*

11/09   Crystal Ballroom- Portland, OR*

11/10   Venue- Vancouver, BC*

11/11   Neptune Theatre- Seattle, WA*

*”Ones to Watch” Tour

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Video: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – “Dark Water”


“Dear Internet and users of the World Wide Web, it is with much joy that we wish to present the video for “Dark Water”. We feel that this video really encapsulates the tone of the song in a haunting and strangely beautiful way.  Also, there are claymation versions of us–which has been a life long goal. Mission accomplished” – Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

“Dark Water” is off the band’s brand new EP, Patterns, which came out a couple weeks ago. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. are booked to perform their hit in the making “If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On The Dancefloor)” on CONAN June 11th.

The guys have just come off playing a string of sold-out shows in support of the new EP, including a hometown Record Store Day show in Detroit and a Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Next up they will be performing at El Rey in Los Angeles tomorrow, May 16th. For a full list of upcoming show dates, see below.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. are gearing up for the release their sophomore LP later this year.

Confirmed DEJJ Tour Dates:
05.16     Los Angeles – El Rey
05.17     San Francisco – The Independent
05.24     Chicago – Lincoln Hall

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Listen: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – “If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On The Dancefloor)”


Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. are back! The Detroit duo of Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott are currently putting the finishing touches on their sophomore album, which will be out later this year. In the interim, DEJJ will offer a taste of what’s to come. Patterns, a brand new EP, will be released by Warner Bros. Records in the US on April 16th digitally and April 20th physically as a vinyl only Record Store Day piece. The physical version of the EP will include two exclusive remixes. The band just premiered their new song, “If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On The Dancefloor)” on their website. “Dancefloor” will be available on iTunes April 2nd.

Listen: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – “If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On The Dancefloor)”

The band will be celebrating the release of Patterns with a select number of headlining shows, including a special hometown Record Store Day show in Detroit at The Majestic Theater for the second year in a row. They’ll also be performing in NYC, Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. All confirmed dates are below.


Patterns EP Tracklisting

1. If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t on the Dancefloor)

2. Dark Water

3. Hiding

4. Habits

Tour Dates:

4/20 – DETROIT – MAJESTIC THEATER (Record Store Day Show)






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Upcoming: New EP from Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

My Love is Easy: Remixes Pt. 2 Tracklisting:

1. Morning Thought (Phantasmagoria Remix)
2. Simple Girl (Tiger & Woods Remix)
3. Vocal Chords (Shout Out Out Out Out Remix)
4. Nothing But Our Love (Memory Tapes remix)
5. Simple Girl (Chuck Daniels Remix)
6. Nothing But Our Love (Pictureplane Remix)


Detroit duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. have announced their forthcoming remix EP, My Love Is Easy: Remixes Pt. 2 (the follow up to My Love Is Easy: Remixes Pt. 1). Featuring remixes by Memory Tapes, Tiger & Woods, Pictureplane and more — My Love Is Easy: Remixes Pt. 2 includes original tracks from their acclaimed debut LP, It’s A Corporate World noted by Pitchfork as “so well-engineered and aerodynamic” and is set for a November 15 release.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. spent most of the year of the road, completing a phenomenal second headlining tour including a sold-out NYC show, a summer festival circuit through Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Philadelphia’s Popped! Festival, and a set of recent European performances.  The band also just played a lively DJ set at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon followed by a set of performances in Montreal and Toronto with Moby in continued support of 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 track is also available for a free download in exchange for an email address or tweet — click here to head to their website and get it.

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Video: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – “Simple Girl”

Check out this unofficial video a fan made for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s song “Simple Girl.”

Upcoming Dates:

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

 one of the best debuts of the year  – Filter   

 “It’s A Corporate World is a refreshing full-length debut that would serve well on any
playlist.” – American Songwriter

 “From the first hazy notes of album opener “Morning Thought” through to the bittersweet psych-dirge of “The Fisherman,” It’s a Corporate World  seems  custom-tailored to soundtrack the summer.”  – ELLE

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – “Morning Thought”

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Detroit indie-pop duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. have released “Morning Thought,” the first track off their upcoming full-length debut, It’s A Corporate World, now set for a June 7th release through Quite Scientific Records in conjunction with Warner Bros. Records. The track is available as a free download in exchange for an email address on the band’s website. The band just wrapped up a tour with
Tapes ‘n Tapes and were all over the place at SXSW. Paste caught a great live version of “Vocal Chords” at their showcase, check out the video here. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. will then continue across the country on a headlining tour starting May 11th in NYC.

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