Irradio, Stranger pump up the local circuit
by Bart Mendoza
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One of San Diego’s most popular reggae groups, Stranger appears at the 710 Beach Club on July 7 at 9 p.m.                                                                                  Courtesy photo
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Irradio is considered by most to be a punk band, but one listen to its San Diego Music Awards-winning album “I Am The Horn” shows the sonic palette to be much wider than that, incorporating free jazz, soul, blues and ambient sounds in its music. Appearing at The Griffin on July 6, Irradio has had a seemingly ever-shifting lineup, but remains helmed by guitarist and singer Dan Dasher. Anyone who appreciates their music manic and enjoys an in-your-face blast of attitude will consider Irradio to be one of the best bands to emerge from the San Diego club scene in quite awhile.

• Irradio performs at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 6 at The Griffin, 1310 Morena Blvd. 21 and up.

One of San Diego’s most popular reggae groups, Stranger appears at the 710 Beach Club on July 7. The seven-piece band was formed in 2000, building a following through relentless touring that has seen the band move to headline status across the West Coast. Stranger has an EP and two albums to its credit, but it’s the live work that earned the band a win at the 2009 San Diego Music Awards in the world music category and another nomination this year.

• Stranger performs at 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 7 at the 710 Beach Club, 710 Garnet Ave. 21 and up.

On the surface, the Cantina Renegades appear to be like any other rockabilly trio, complete with stand-up bass, playing classics like “Sleepwalk” and “Nervous Breakdown.” Appearing at Tio Leo’s on July 14, the band also includes surf tunes like “Walk Don’t Run,” as well as unlikely covers of material like Hall and Oates’ “Maneater” or Radioheads’ “Creep.” Purists might not like it, but the eclectic set list makes for a fun listen.

• The Cantina Renegades perform at 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 at Tio Leo’s, 5302 Napa St. 21 and up. Cover TBD.

Psychobilly legends The Meteors perform at Brick by Brick on July 18. Formed in 1980, the trio fuses punk rock with rockabilly for a sound that’s basic, raw and in-your-face. With more than two-dozen albums to its credit, there will be no shortage of tunes for the Meteors’ diehard fans. But anyone who enjoys either parent genre of the band’s sound will appreciate its music.

• The Meteors perform at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18 at Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Ave. 21 and up. $15.

Taking advantage of the excellent weather, Café-Bar Europa offers a weekly schedule of great music on its patio, with acoustic performers ranging from jazz to world music. Each Thursday at 5 p.m., diners will enjoy music from Bela Vida Brasileira, a Brazilian duo based in San Diego, consisting of Federico Benitez and Melissa Mejia. The pair uses a wide variety of instruments from guitars to flugelhorn to accent its mix of bossa nova, samba and pop tunes, both classics and impressive recasts of modern cover songs that include tunes by The Beatles and Eric Clapton. With the shifting instrumentations and Mejia’s plaintive voice, the pair’s music is the perfect Burt Bacharach-like soundtrack to a summer evening in Pacific Beach.

• Bela Vida Brasileira performs at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 5 and July 12 at Café-Bar Europa, 873 Turqouise St. 21 and up. No cover.
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