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Published on January 7th, 2015 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson


Dylan Gardner to Release Debut Album, Adventures in Real Time, Via Warner Bros.

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Dylan Gardner releases his debut album, Adventures in Real Time, via Warner Bros Records today. Co-produced by Gardner and Jack Dragonetti (The Submarines, Jack Drag), the album is a stellar showcase for the 18-year-old Illinois native’s brisk hooks, high-spirited melodies, and a musical eclecticism that reflects his deep love for his pop-rock predecessors, including The Beatles, Ben Folds, and Vampire Weekend.

Gardner first began to attract attention with the album’s opening track “Let’s Get Started” when he put it up on Spotify earlier this year. After being included on a popular playlist called “Smart Is The New Sexy,” the track caught fire and began racking up plays. (It is now close to three million.) Watch the official video here.

1a76fc9d78dc2a3abb4431882931feda_LRaised in both Illinois and Arizona and now based in Los Angeles, Gardner has been playing piano, guitar, and drums, as well as writing songs since he was a kid. His father, Mark, was the bassist in ’80s Chicago power-pop band The Kind and young Dylan pored over his dad’s record collection, becoming deeply enamored with such classic artists as The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and The Doors. Before recording Adventures in Real Time, Gardner studied the techniques detailed in Brian Kehew’s 500-page tome Recording The Beatles. You can also watch his mash-up of songs from Side Two of Abbey Road, #DylanBreaksTheBeatles, here.

Gardner will hit the road for a string of U.S. shows in January and then again in March. Please see below for all tour dates.

The track-listing for Adventures in Real Time is as follows:

Let’s Get Started

Heroes Tonight

I’m Nothing Without You

Too Afraid To Love You

I Think I’m Falling for Something

The Actor

Sing For The Stars

Feeling of Love

With A Kiss



01/13 Santa Barbara, CA Soho Restaurant & Music Club

01/17 Anaheim, CA House of Blues

02/08 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom

03/10 New York, NY Rockwood Music Hall – Stage 2

03/11 Boston, MA Café 939 at Berklee

03/12 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live

03/13 Vienna, VA Jammin’ Java

03/15 Uncasville, CT Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Resort

03/25 Indianapolis, IN Grove Haus

03/26 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen

03/28 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry

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