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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Have a Hectic, Hometown Record Store Day in Detroit

The rockers browse vinyl and play their first show of the year

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Hometown, Detroit, Michigan

Cole Sigmon

Daniel Zott arrives at Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. co-founder Josh Epstein's house for coffee on the day of their first concert of 2013. The band is playing at the Majestic Theater in Detroit; it's their second annual concert there to celebrate Record Store Day. They are excited to debut a new live show and start picking out stage clothes to wear.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Hometown, Detroit, Michigan

Cole Sigmon

A Chihuahua Named Potato

Zott and Epstein go over the evening's setlist together on the morning of the show. Zott says hello to Epstein's dog, a chihuahua named Potato.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Hometown, Detroit, Michigan

Cole Sigmon

Record Store Day

The guys load boxes of vinyl into the car and head out to their local record store, UHF in Royal Oak, to sign copies for fans on Record Store Day. The band is releasing the vinyl version of their new EP, Patterns, with two additional remixes.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Hometown, Detroit, Michigan

Cole Sigmon

UHF

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. arrive at their local record store, UHF in Royal Oak, and help owner Tommy Dorr pass out Record Store Day exclusive vinyl.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Hometown, Detroit, Michigan

Cole Sigmon

Taking a Peek

Though they're at the store to help out and meet fans, the guys can't resist looking through the crates to see what exclusive records just came out.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Hometown, Detroit, Michigan

Cole Sigmon

Lost and Found

The guys head to their favorite clothing store, Lost and Found, located next door to UHF. They check out some jean jackets and discuss plans for denim-themed images, as well as the merits of a particular jacket featuring a homemade AC/DC logo on the back.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Hometown, Detroit, Michigan

Cole Sigmon

Autograph

A fan catches wind of the band in the clothing store and approaches, asking them to sign the EP he just purchased. Daniel takes a few moments to sign his copy of Patterns.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Hometown, Detroit, Michigan

Cole Sigmon

More ‘Patterns’

Daniel notices a set of matching sunglasses with wild patterns on them and insists they try them on. "We should get these. . . 'cause they're patterns, like our album!"

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Hometown, Detroit, Michigan

Cole Sigmon

8 Mile Road

At 2 p.m., Zott and Epstein head to a production rental company on 8 Mile Road to pick up confetti cannons for the evening's show.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Hometown, Detroit, Michigan

Cole Sigmon

Tacos

Epstein orders three tacos of the same type while Zott orders three different ones. It's a little peek into their psyches as they begin to eat lunch.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Hometown, Detroit, Michigan

Cole Sigmon

‘Nothing But Our Love’

During the band's encore, the whole stage comes to life as the band plays "Nothing But Our Love" from their debut record.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Hometown, Detroit, Michigan

Cole Sigmon

Green Dot Stables

After the show, Mike, Daniel and Josh are joined by Daniel's brother and the band's touring sound tech, Jon, at Green Dot Stables for a drink.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Hometown, Detroit, Michigan

Cole Sigmon

Astro Coffee

While at Astro Coffee, the band runs into a friend and discusses the previous evening's show. Higgins becomes enamored with a small toy car on a nearby coffee machine.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Hometown, Detroit, Michigan

Cole Sigmon

Loading Out

After a long night, the Majestic Theater graciously agrees to allow the band to load out the following morning. As such, Mike, Josh and Daniel meet for coffee at Astro early that day.

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