Today marks the record release of Kristin Kontrol’s debut album, X-Communicate, which you can now stream in its entirety and purchase (definitely purchase!) right here at the Sub Pop Mega Mart.
Perhaps it bears repeating (or, communicating again?) that Kristin Kontrol is the new project from Kristin Welchez – fka Dee Dee, leader of internationally acclaimed rock outfit Dum Dum Girls, whose most excellent recordings can also be found on this very label. Throughout the best part of a decade, Dum Dum Girls morphed from the girl group-gone-bad moves of debut album I Will Be (2010), to the comparatively plush, noir-pop of 2014’s Too True. Now she’s shed her skin, ditching Dee Dee – the name she assumed for Dum Dum Girls – for her given name, Kristin, and giving us Kristin Kontrol’s X-Communicate.
Stereogum has noted about the album, “Kristin Kontrol is radically different from anything we would’ve expected from Welchez as Dee Dee. It draws on various strains of pop from various eras, collapsing them together into slick, infectious synth-pop…X-Communicate and the evolution into Kristin Kontrol show Welchez becoming an absolute machine when it comes to hooks.”
Kristin Kontrol will be kicking off an East Coast tour on June 15 at BSP in Kingston, NY and follow that short headline run with dates opening for Garbage in July. See below for itinerary.
Here’s to the summer of Kontrol.
North American Tour Dates (Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.kristinkontrol.com/shows/)
6/15 – Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston
6/16 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace
6/17 – Boston, MA @ Middle East (Upstairs)
6/18 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met
6/22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
7/7 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
7/8 – Omaha, NE @ SumTur Amphitheatre
7/10 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
7/12 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
7/13 – Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater – Z104.5 The Edge 21 st Birthday Bash
7/15 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
7/16 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
7/19 – Knoxville, TN @ The Mill and Mine
7/20 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
7/22 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
7/23 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
7/25 – Richmond, VA @ The National
7/27 – Sayerville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
7/28 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
7/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
7/31 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
8/1 – New York, NY @ SummerStage
8/3 – Washington, DC @ The Lincoln Theater
Kristin Kontrol http://www.kristinkontrol.com/