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Illuminati Hotties Debut Power Pop Single 'I Wanna Keep Yr Dog': Exclusive

Illuminati Hotties
Kristy Benjamin

Illuminati Hotties

Sarah Tudzin sees the big picture. 

In fronting Illuminati Hotties, the L.A.-based songwriter crafts clever garage rock that riffs on rampant young adult hangups: being low on cash, being out of clothes to wear, wasting time on hookups that don't deserve it. Lyrics quirky and clever, guitars and synths crunching and fizzing just so -- Illuminati Hotties' debut LP Kiss Yr Frenemies was one of last year's under-the-radar triumphs.

Tudzin's secret weapon is her wildly diverse studio background: over the past few years, her credits range from indie rock (engineer on Amen DunesFreedom, mixing assistant on Slowdive's self-titled LP) to mass appeal hip-hop (assistant engineer on Logic's Everybody, sound design on the Hamilton soundtrack) to superstar pop (assistant engineer on recent sessions with Lady Gaga and Barbra Streisand). We can't promise you'll hear all of those influences on her latest song, but you will hear about a lousy first date whose cute dog was the best part. 

Illuminati Hotties' first release since last year's full length is the delifghtully kick-ass "I Wanna Keep Yr Dog," a track they've been performing live for some time that finally got the studio treatment. It's no throaway b-side either. It's strong as the best tracks on Kiss Yr Frenemies and largely cut from the same sonic cloth: think the Supremes meet Los Campesinos! meet Jeff Rosenstock. 

"One time I went on a date with someone I met through a dating app," Tudzin tells Billboard. "Their dog was much cuter than they were...if you’re out there reading this, I’m sorry it didn’t work out. I still don’t have a dog but at least I ended up with a song."

Check it out below, arriving via the indie imprint Tiny Engines, and find Illuminati Hotties' upcoming tour dates, including a handful with American Football

March 9: Flying Burrito Festival - Phoenix, Ari.
March 12-16: SXSW - Austin, Tex.
March 18: Larimer Lounge - Denver, Col.
March 19: Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, Utah
March 20: Treefort Music Fest - Boise, Idaho
March 22: Sunset Tavern - Seattle, Wash.
March 30:: Moroccan Lounge - Los Angeles, Cali.
May 12: Regent Theatre - Los Angeles, Cali. ^
May 13: Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, Cali. ^
May 15: Wonder Ballroom - Portland, Ore. ^
May 16: Imperial - Vancouver, British Columbia ^
May 17: Showbox SoDo - Seattle, Wash. ^

^ with American Football