Being a Dale Earnhardt, Jr. fan hasn't been much fun for the past couple NASCAR seasons; despite crew chief switcheroos and sponsorship shifts, the Intimidator's most celebrated progeny hasn't been able to make much racing magic happen. Being a Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. fan, on the other hand, is proving a bit more satisfying; this lawsuit-baiting Detroit outfit is making a borrowed name for itself with florid, bucolic synth-pop that sashays, iridescent, like a herd of irradiated mutant peacocks wandering hither and yon through sunstroke hallucinations. The group's debut EP, Horse Power, is the kind of blissful, ladies-and-gentleman-we-are-floating-in-methadone shot-across-the-bow that's guaranteed to blow a whole slew of minds without breaking a sweat. And if three hazy, tropical originals plus the sweetheart cover of the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" aren't enough to sate you, take heart: A full-length is due sometime this fall. With Athletes in Slacks. 18+.
Fri., Sept. 3, 8 p.m., 2010