Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott are the Detroit-based duo behind Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.. They are known for incorporating many styles and substances into their music — they like samplers and drum machines, but they’re also not above playing to the indie-folk crowd.
Epstein and Zott describe their debut EP, Horse Power, as a “quasi-psych mix of folk, hip-hop inspired drum programming, and effervescent pop within which Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. machines a series of chicanes, straightaways, washboards, and u-turns that when assembled make for quite the interesting ride.” Additionally, Epstein and Zott like to wear Nascar outfits onstage. For a sample of their sound, we’ve got the video for “Nothing But Our Love,” and two MP3s — one of which was remixed by Jamuel Saxon — below.
If you live in San Diego and aren’t completely out of touch, you’re aware of Jamuel Saxon. Hell, you’ve probably even seen him at past Rumbles. Saxon is the nom de plume of Keith Milgaten, local music maker and entrepreneur. As Jamuel Saxon, Milgaten performs retro-electro R&B; as a member of Black Mamba, he performs Beach House-esque psychedelic pop; as a former member of his brother’s band The Vision of a Dying World, he played straight-up indie rock. Needless to say, Milgaten is one of the hardest working and most talented guys in the local business. DJ Albatross (Zack Nielsen of Rumble sponsors Sezio) will kick out the jams between sets.
In case you haven’t heard, The Rumble is a monthly showcase of local and international indie talent. It’s sponsored by Future Sounds, Indigenous, Sezio, San Diego: Dialed In, San Diego CityBeat, M-Theory Records, Trumer Pils, and your friendly neighborhood Owl and Bear. Admission is free, and there are always drink specials — not to mention generally cheap, euphoria-inducing cocktails offered by the Bar Pink’s smiling barkeeps.