Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Rev Up the El Rey

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Rev Up the El Rey
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On tour to promote their latest release, The Speed of Things, Stereotude favorites Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. recently stopped by the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles to deliver their pop gems to a sold out audience. The dynamic duo brought grooves and beats, as well as some fierce dance moves.

The Detroit natives, Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein, are not shy about exploring the sonic spectrum on their audacious new record, and the same can be said of their live set. Their performances are chock-full of bursting-at-the-seams pop moments and understated melodic ruminations too charming too ignore or forget. They perform like a honed, versatile band, not a pre-synced club act.

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Michael Tullberg/Getty Images

Amidst enormous illuminated "Jr."s and a massive canvas ball used as a projector's screen, Zott and Epstein tore through "Run," "War Zone" and "If You Didn't See Me (Then You Weren't on the Dancefloor)" with infectious energy. Much of their rapport with their audience emulates their songwriting tactics. Music fueled by earnest experiments and experiences, but always with a sense of whimsy (much like Zott's unique ponytail). In order to break out and really move on a dancefloor you've got to be willing to look ridiculous. And that ridiculous abandon is what Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. does best.

 

Check out the trippy video to "Run" below.

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