Ben Esser, the 23 year old pop genius better known to most simply as Esser, is getting ready for his first American tour in September and October, supporting Datarock. His debut album, Braveface (out this fall on Chocolate Industries), is a ten track lesson in pop mastery, peppered with dashes of electronica, early 90’s club bliss, and rhythmic ska and dubhop with massive hooks. Esser has spent much of the past few years fine tuning his music, and remixing other artists (Little Boots, The Streets, Kaiser Chiefs, etc.), capturing the attention of everyone from Don Letts to Hedi Slimane in the process. The next logical step was to bring his show to the US, and he’s bringing a band with him: a drummer, guitarist and bassist, and you will likely see Esser grabbing some drum sticks and banging on something, bopping his coiffed ‘do and tattooed neck in the process. These dates will be much of America’s first chance to fall in love with the talented young man they’ll come to know as Esser.

Als, check out the new Treasure Fingers remix of Esser’s track”Headlock”. Says Treasure Fingers, “I had a lot of fun dissecting and reworking Esser’s hit Headlock. He’s an amazing songwriter & the hook stays in my head for days. It has been a stand out track for me since the first moment I heard it.” Check out the remix here.



8/6 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom *
8/7 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge *
8/9 Chicago, IL Lollapalooza
8/18 Toronto, ON Lees Palace +

With Datarock:

9/4 Vancouver BC Richards On Richards
9/4 Vancouver BC The Modern
9/6 Calgary AB Broken City
9/7 Edmonton AB The Starlite Room
9/9 Winnipeg MB The Zoo
9/10 Minneapolis MN 7th Street Entry
9/12 Cleveland Heights OH Grog Shop
9/14 Boston MA Paradise
9/17 New York NY Highline Ballroom
9/18 Philadelphia PA Johnny Brendas
9/19 Washington DC Rock and Roll Hotel
9/20 Chapel Hill NC Local 506
9/22 Atlanta GA Masquerade
9/23 New Orleans LA The Republic
9/24 Houston TX Warehouse Live
9/25 Austin TX Emos Lounge
9/26 Dallas TX Granada Theater
9/28 Phoenix AZ Rhythm Room
9/29 San Diego CA Brick by Brick
9/30 Los Angeles CA El Rey Theatre
10/1 San Francisco CA Slims
10/2 Portland OR Holocene
10/3 Seattle WA Nectar Lounge

* With Lykke Li and Miike Snow
+ With Friendly Fires

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