Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Six years ago, Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott formed the highly regarded Electronic Pop duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and embarked on a moderately successful run. After a trio of acclaimed EPs and a pair of excellent albums — 2011’s It’s a Corporate World and 2013’s The Speed of Things, both released through Warner Brothers — Epstein and Zott decided to change the band’s name to JR JR. The change had nothing to do with the NASCAR driver with (sort of) the same name; he gave his blessing years ago and is reportedly a fan of the band. The thoughtful and sympathetic reasons are detailed on the band’s website (well worth the read), but the bottom line is the duo’s shift to JR JR comes just in time for its self-titled new album, which will be released the day of its MidPoint-opening show. If the album’s first single, “Gone,” is any indication, this could be the duo’s best batch yet. Detroit, and thus the world, wins again.
YOU’LL DIG IT IF YOU DIG: The Shins go Disco Wave with Todd Rundgren at the board. (BB)