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The Irenic, San Diego 92104


3090 Polk Ave
San Diego, California 92104
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Mon, February 18, 2019 (7:30 PM PST)
THE RED PEARS


The Red Pears

Just 3 dudes from El Monte making some noise. We bring anything to the table. . . . except tables, we can't bring tables to the table.

3090 Polk Ave, San Diego, CA 92104 
$13.00 - $15.00

Upcoming Shows

Mon, February 18, 2019 (7:30pm - 9:30pm PST )
THE RED PEARS
The Red Pears

Just 3 dudes from El Monte making some noise. We bring anything to the table. . . . except tables, we can't bring tables to the table.

$13.00 - $15.00
Sun, February 24, 2019 (7:00pm - 9:00pm PST )
Crumb with Video Age, Shindigs
Crumb

Crumb is Lila Ramani (guitar, vocals), Brian Aronow (synth, keys), Jesse Brotter (bass), Jonathan Gilad (drums). The group originally came together in 2016 to develop and record a collection of songs Lila had written throughout college, a recording project that became their first self-titled Crumb EP. Locket, their second EP, was created while the four were split between New York and Boston and released in June 2017. They are currently based in NYC and in the midst of recording their first full-length album.

$15.00 - $18.00
Sun, March 3, 2019 (7:30pm - 9:30pm PST )
Waxahatchee with Bonny Doon
Waxahatchee

On September 7, Katie Crutchfield’s ever-shifting musical project Waxahatchee returns with the Great Thunder EP. Featuring a collection of songs written with now-dormant experimental recording group Great Thunder while Crutchfield was also writing the Waxahatchee albums Cerulean Salt and Ivy Tripp, the original recordings have mostly faded into obscurity. Unearthing and reimagining them with producer Brad Cook at Justin Vernon’s April Base studio in Wisconsin was a cathartic experience, she says. On the heels of last year’s critically acclaimed Out in the Storm, Crutchfield found herself looking to take a sharp turn away from the more rock-oriented influences of her recent records towards her more folk and country roots. “I would say that it is a complete 180 from the last record: super stripped-down, quiet, and with me performing solo, it’s a throwback to how I started,” writes Crutchfield. “Overall, the EP is a warm, kind of vibey recording.” Some of the songs on Great Thunder, like “Chapel of Pines” and “Singer’s No Star,” stayed the same and will be recognizable to those intensely familiar with Crutchfield’s catalog to date, while closer “Takes So Much” was built back up on piano from the bones of the original version, surprising even the songwriter: “Until then, I didn’t realize how beautiful this song was.” As Crutchfield entered April Base to record, she became ill but opted to forge on, beautifully stretching her voice to its emotional limits.

$16.00 - $18.00
Sat, March 9, 2019 (7:00pm - 9:00pm PST )
Summer Salt
Summer Salt

Self deemed “coral reef rock”, Summer Salt delivers a retro blend of bossa nova and 60’s oldies pop. Growing up in Dallas, TX, Matt Terry (vocals and guitar) and Eugene Chung (drums) started the band in high school, then reunited in 2013 after moving to Austin, TX. Since then, Summer Salt has released 3 EP’s: Driving to Hawaii, Going Native and So Polite, gaining a cult following through touring and a personable internet presence. All three EP’s have sold out their vinyl, cassette and CD releases. Summer Salt’s newest album, Happy Camper, is OUT NOW! All profits from the album will be donated.

$17.00 - $20.00
Sun, March 10, 2019 (7:30pm - 9:30pm PDT )
Empress Of
Empress Of

Lorely Rodriguez, the artist known as Empress Of, recorded her new album, Us, all over Southern California. Topanga Canyon. Ojai. At a recording studio "with no windows." At her home in Highland Park. At another recording studio "with a really loud cricket." "He was there, like, all month," she says, "And I was trying to track vocal tracks and he'd be like, CHIRP, CHIRP!" It was the first time she tried to record music this way-sequestered, for a month at a time, in between touring and performing, alone but for the company of a cricket. She would later invite collaborators -- Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange), LA production duo Sam Griesemer and Jerome Potter of DJDS, Spanish electronic producer Pional -- but the resulting project remains a showcase of Rodriguez' skill both as a lyricist and a producer, though she is wont to admit it. The artist is modest about her skills as a instrumentalist ("Lorely plays every instrument half-assed," she says, "Put that in the bio.") and coy about her process as a writer ("I don't write out chords for my songs. Everything is intuitive in production. I don't have one piece of sheet music for my songs.") She estimates that she's produced about 70 percent of this album, which serves as the real testament to her dynamism as a musician, since she won't testify to it herself. She's frustrated with a media preoccupation on her jazz music education, but only because she believes her experiences singing to Céline Dion and Mariah Carey in the living room of her childhood home in Southern California are far more formative. When pressed about her influences, she lists her mother. Empress Of's debut album Me was released almost three years ago, in 2015. As the name suggests, it presented a deeply personal exploration of her emotional world. So personal, she says, it was difficult to perform. "It was, like, every day, just giving myself to the audience," she says. With Us, Rodriguez wanted to facilitate a more equal exchange of energy between herself and her listeners, to create a "community." "It's not just love songs. It's about different experiences of the heart," she says. "I want it to be like a mirror, and [the audience] sees a little bit of themselves in every song.

$20.00
Sat, March 23, 2019 (7:00pm - 9:00pm PDT )
Hot Flash Heat Wave
Hot Flash Heat Wave

San Francisco indie-rock quartet Hot Flash Heat Wave rose to prominence in the Bay Area music scene in 2015 with the release of their 'Gutter Girl' music video, from their debut album Neapolitan, which was uploaded to YouTube and eventually made its way to the front page of reddit. Their versatile sound, at times reminiscent of golden 60s, power pop, dream pop, post-punk and indie rock, demonstrates a dynamic range of songwriting prowess centered around consistently infectious, sun-soaked melodies and guitar hooks. HFHW formed in Davis, California as a noise collaboration between Adam Abildgaard and Nick Duffy in 2010, expanding to a full band when bassist Ted Davis and guitarist Nathaniel Blum joined the group in the following years. Renouncing the traditional front-manned format of most contemporary bands, the four instead each contribute songs and share the lead. With the release of their sophomore album, Soaked, accompanied by a string of creative self-produced music videos in 2017, the group embarked on its first nationwide tour. Their first single, 'Bye Bye Baby', appeared on Canada's Viral 50 Spotify playlist. In 2017, HFHW released their sophomore album Soaked with OIM Records, which charted on college radio in the U.S. The band just finished up a national tour and SXSW visit with No Vacation to promote their new single 'Glo Ride' - a song released in collaboration with Broken Ent. Hot Flash Heat Wave will continue to release music and new videos throughout 2018.

$13.00 - $15.00
Thu, March 28, 2019 (7:30pm - 9:30pm PDT )
Gorilla Biscuits
Gorilla Biscuits

US-Hardcore punk band formed 1987 in New York City - they released one EP and one full-length. Discontinued in 1991, briefly reformed in 1997 and again in 2005. [1987] Gorilla Biscuits were formed by Anthony Civorelli (vocals), Walter Schreifels, Alex Brown (both on guitar), Arthur Smilios (bass) and Luke Abbey (drums). [1988-1989] Gorilla Biscuits sign to Revelation Records for their self-titled 7" and their only full-length album Start Today, which is often considered a seminal recording. [1991] Gorilla Biscuits break up. [1994-2000] Civarelli and Smilios resurface in CIV. [1997] Gorilla Biscuits briefly reunited for a benefit at CBGB's. [2005] Gorilla Biscuits reunite again and have continued touring. Despite reunion shows, there are no plans for a new album.

$26.00 - $29.00
Fri, March 29, 2019 (6:30pm - 8:30pm PDT )
Against The Current
Against The Current Past Lives World Tour 2019

Against The Current Chrissy Costanza – Lead Vocals Dan Gow – Guitar, Vocals Will Ferri – Drums, Vocals After unveiling their debut album, In Our Bones, in 2016,Against The Current was inspired to change things up. The alt-pop group, who formed in Poughkeepsie in 2011, knew that it was time to evolve the way they wrote songs and allow for the music to surprise them in the studio. They looked to “Wasteland,” a track on In Our Bones, as inspiration for how using new instrumentation and sounds could create something both familiar and unexpected. The band’s second album, Past Lives, kicks everything up a notch. “We approached writing that song so differently than we’d ever approached writing a song before,” Chrissy says. “It was such a different experience for us and we really stepped outside of our comfort zone. And you can really hear that on this record. We changed so much of how we write and how we look at songs because of that experience.” The album was written and recorded over the course of ayear, with the musicians penning over 40 song ideas in total. The band spent time in the studio in Los Angeles with producer Andrew Goldstein and in Nashville with producer Tommy English, and even laid down a few parts at Will’s home studio. The three band members wrote everything together, each bringing in various ideas and always being open to possibilities. “I felt more comfortable bringing different ideas to the table,” Will notes. “A lot of the songs came from these weird instrumental demos I had that I was uncertain about sharing. I was able to find places in the songs for them and it turned out so well. ‘Voices’ came from that. I had this demo with weird guitar riffs and I brought it into one of our last sessions in LA. We went in the next day and started a track with it.” “In the past it felt like we needed guitar going at all times,” Dan adds. “But on this record all of the guitar parts are meant to be there.” The songs vary in tone and style, but connect over a thematic idea that arose during the writing process. As the musicians were writing “Come Alive,” Chrissy realized that the album was ultimately about learning to come back to yourself after the end of a relationship, or as one chapter of life closes and another opens. The album’s title references the idea that we often don’t recognize ourselves when we look back. “When you’re in those moments they feel so total and so complete and so encircling,” Chrissy says. “Like nothing else could possibly be happening in the world. When you’re in a great relationship or a terrible one, you can’t really remember life before it and you can’t picture what life is going to look like after it. These moments take over your life, so when you do actually move past them and you look back, you’ve changed so much coming out of it. It’s like looking back on a past life.” Anthemic opener “Strangers Again,” one of the first tracks written for Past Lives, is about walking away from a toxic relationship and trying to uncover what happened. “It’s not about what other people did to me,” Chrissy notes. “It’s more about how I reacted to what happened and how I got myself in that situation. I like that sentiment because it takes the weight off the other person.I’d rather share my experience and talk about what I can do about it and how I can move forward.” “Almost Forgot,” a bittersweet pop tune, brings another unique take on a breakup song, asking what you can do to move on instead of dwelling in sadness or anger. Much of the album is about empowerment, rather than wallowing in negative emotions, which is especially evidenced on “P.A.T.T.,” where Chrissy questions whether she’s good enough for others. That sense of positivity is most palpable on “I Like The Way,” an upbeat, light-hearted number that evokes a ‘50s rock tune. “In every song you can dig up a silver lining,” Chrissy says. “All of these challenging moments are going to come to you in your life, but ultimately you’re the person who can change them. I wanted to put that message out there for both myself and others: I’m going to be my own hero. This isn’t about what people did to me, it’s about what I’m going to do now. I think people can relate to that and that connection can bring them peace. Whether it helps them out of it or not I don’t know, but music makes you feel less alone and sometimes that’s enough.” It’s clear that fans do connect. In Our Bones debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top New Artists chart when it dropped in May of 2016, and Against The Current boasts a notably loyal fanbase, as evidenced by their strong social stats. With over 301 million channel views on YouTube (as well as 1 million followers on Chrissy’s personal Instagram), the band has developed an important relationship with their listeners, many of whom have grown up alongside the musicians over the past few years. The band has toured globally, always willing to share authentic emotions and experiences with their audience. Since 2015, Against The Current has embarked on two headlining world tours, including the “In Our Bones” tour in 2016, and has performed as part of the Vans Warped Tour. They’ve seen incredible success all over the globe, including throughout Asia and in the U.K. The band also joined All Time Low and Good Charlotte on the “Back to the Future Hearts” and supported Fall Out Boy’s 2018 “MANIA” Tour, always building their fanbase up along the way. Past Livesbrings the opportunity for bigger and – even better – stage shows, too. With this album, Against The Current moves into the next phase of their already impressive career, opening a new chapter and inviting new fans to join in along the way.

$17.00 - $20.00
Sat, March 30, 2019 (7:30pm - 9:30pm PDT )
The Driver Era
The Driver Era

“Groovy strums, smoky synths, and an urgent beat merge with atmospheric vocal effects that give Rocky’s sultry delivery a depth that suits the song’s tenderness.” - Consequence of Sound “ In ‘Low’, velvety, airy vocals call for a deep-soul, body-sway that is truly unavoidable. The glamour rock, pop-centric track is a gentle groove, with their familiar timeless feel, that begs for a replay every time.” - Flaunt “ The nostalgic feel to ‘Low’ transports listeners to a retro time period, glimmering with sensual sounds that feel familiar and new at the same time. Plus, with Rocky’s soulful vocals featured on the track as well, there is a unique quality to the song that differentiates it from the last two Driver Era singles, while still maintaining the duo’s electric vibe. ” - Dujour “Their easy-going, west coat attitude is contagious through their music and we can’t get enough.” - tmrw Magazine “With its hefty, rhythmic baseline, ‘Low’ is sure to induce a healthy bout of head bobbing.” - L’OFFICIEL USA “The Driver Era is something new.. something edgier, with no bounds artistically or sonically.” - Ladygunn Magazine “Combining Alt-Rock with EDM and hints of trap produced beats, their multifaceted take on pop music is sending them up the charts.” - Flaunt “Their new music feels fresh, alive and bursting with flavor.” - PAPER “If ‘Preacher Man’ were a cocktail, it would be equal parts Elton John and Freddie Mercury with just a dash of Timberlake - and a bit of burn on the after taste.” - Ladygunn “They have a new sound and an IDGAF attitude that’s going to give you heart palpitations.” - Seventeen “The Driver Era have effectively made themselves known with an effervescent, infectious energy, triumphing in already proving their sonic efficacy.” - Atwood Magazine “This brotherly duo have started a new project that undoubtedly moves them into the ‘edgy,’ ‘cool,’ and ‘sophisticated’ categories.” - Ones to Watch “The Driver Era… out with the censored, can’t-even-say-the-word-damn pop songs, in with the sexy, dirty, alternative hits.” - Galore “The Driver Era” continue to dazzle with their new single ‘Low.’” - Idolator “Ross and Rocky Lynch’s new track delivers the summer vibes you’ve been waiting for.” - VMAN “‘Preacher Man’ takes the lead at the duo’s first endeavor, a piano-driven pop-rock plea for salvation on the vice-filled West Coast.” - Vanyaland

$22.00 - $121.00
Sun, March 31, 2019 (7:00pm - 9:00pm PDT )
grandson
grandson

Grandson is a 23-year-old alternative artist hailing from Canada. Born in the small town of Englewood, New Jersey, he relocated to the cultural melting pot of Toronto at a young age, and grew up surrounded by music ranging from jazz to rock & roll to rap, dancehall and R&B. At 17, he moved to Montreal to attend university, and began working in nightclubs cleaning tables and DJing. He started writing music at this time, incorporating the unique blend of sounds he grew up surrounded by. He started experimenting with music production and rapping in 2013, dropped out of school and headed to Los Angeles to pursue music full time. Adopting the "grandson" moniker while living in LA, he dove deeply into rock influences such as Rage Against the Machine, Nirvana and Led Zeppelin, while keeping an ear on the rap/R&B music emerging out of Toronto and alternative acts such as Twenty One Pilots and Hiatus Kaiyote. He found a small community of musicians to work and perform with in LA and eventually formed his band. Reminiscent of early punk and grunge music, grandson's live set attempts to create a frantic, mosh pit-inducing cathartic release of energy for fans. Searching for his voice and for meaning in today's divisive, chaotic world, grandson's songwriting confronts the most pressing issues of his generation, such as financial inequality, governmental and environmental accountability and social justice, giving these topics a soundtrack with a genuine sense of urgency and frustration, while simultaneously touching on adolescence, relationships, and the insecurities and difficulties of growing up through your 20s. When asked about today's music scene, he says "I genuinely believe the world needs honest rock and roll, now more than ever."

$15.00
Thu, May 2, 2019 (7:30pm - 9:30pm PDT )
AJ Mitchell with Marteen
AJ Mitchell

AJ Mitchell is a 17 year old American singer-songwriter from Belleville, Illinois. AJ first garnered success by building a fanbase posting covers and original songs on Instagram and YouTube and releasing . His debut EP "Hopeful" was released July of 2018. AJ's single "Girls" is now climbing the US Radio's Top 40 Charts and his music now has accumulated over 60+ million streams worldwide.

$15.00 - $18.00