Kristin Kontrol Announces Headline Tour in Support of Debut Album 'X-Communicate'

Kristin Kontrol will kick off an East Coast tour on June 15 at BSP in Kingston, NY. After the short headline run, which will wrap up on June 22 at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn, NY, she'll be opening for Garbage. The band's summer tour kicks off on July 22 in Minneapolis and includes concerts at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville (July 20) and SummerStage in NYC's Central Park (August 1). See below for itinerary. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

Pitchfork is now streaming X-Communicate, Kristin Kontrol's debut album, in its entirety HERE.Fans who pre-order the album, which is set for release on May 27 via Sub Pop Records, will instantly receive two tracks: "X-Communicate" and "Show Me."Pitchfork said, "Eighties synth-pop provides the foundation for 'X-Communicate,' the first single...But the results are far too opulent to scan as merely retro."
Kristin Kontrol is the new project from Kristin Welchez - fka Dee Dee, leader of internationally acclaimed rock outfit Dum Dum Girls. Dum Dum Girls was Kristin's guise for the best part of a decade. After posting her bedroom recordings online, she caught the ears of Sub Pop, assembled a group of badass, black-clad cadets and toured the world. Over the course of three albums, four EPs and numerous singles, 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 had assumed for Dum Dum Girls
- for her given name, Kristin. She recorded X-Communicate with producers Kurt Feldman (of Ice Choir) and Andrew Miller (who played guitar in the Dum Dum Girls' last incarnation).
"She's hitting reset, forcing us to rise to the occasion and see female creators as something more than our preconceptions," said MTV News. Stereogum observed, "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's first album is a comet-powerful, bright, and trailing glitter as it goes...a
smashingly fun debut album that will leave you hungry for more," said Bust. "Yes, this is a dance- pop record, but think a modern spin on Kate Bush's The Hounds of Love, Siouxsie and the Banshees' Tinderbox," noted Under the Radar. Idolator said, "The title track takes Berlin's buoyant synth-pop and gives it a goth nail polish sheen, and it features some
of the strongest vocals of her career."

Kristin talks about her early influences and the "scary but totally liberating" transition from the Dum Dum Girls to her new project in this Instagram blog feature. Other recent features on Kristin include Interview and Paste Magazine. You can check out her playlist of sadder-than-the-album-versions for The Guardian HERE and view Kristin performing "Pop Life" in the studio with Neon Indian and Friends in this video.
Kristin Kontrol - North American Tour Dates
Headline 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
Supporting Garbage
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 21st 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
All pertinent links:
Purchase tour tickets HERE
Stream album on Pitchfork HERE
Pre-order X-Communicate HERE
Read Instagram feature HERE, Interview Q&A HERE and Paste Magazine profile HERE
View Kristin Kontrol's playlist for The Guardian HERE
View Neon Indian and Friends "Pop Life" video HERE
Visit Kristin Kontrol official website HERE


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