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Tuesday August 1 2023
  8:00PM doors -- music at 8:30PM
•••  21 AND OVER
$15 in advance / $18 at the door
 Alternative Pop Rock
Nocean Beach
 dreamy groove

-from Orange County, CA
-"Olen Kittelsen has always been “kind of a late bloomer” – and nearly a decade into his music career, he’s ready for his big debut.

Making pop music with a personal twist, Olen’s songs run the gamut between boisterous and reflective. The singer/songwriter from Orange County, California has a penchant for spilling his heart out over bright, buoyant melodies: Whether he’s soaring high on a radiant anthem or dwelling in a tender ballad, at the core of his art is a person just trying to make sense of his world.

Olen’s debut EP, So CoDependent, finds him coming into his own, both as a human and as an artist. The record opens with the exuberant lead single “Got a Name,” a grand, sweeping pop song with undeniable charm and a blissful, sun-kissed bounce. Within his energetic performance is an earnest search for purpose and understanding: “My parents called me Olen and I’m still trying to figure out what that means to me,” Olen sings, contrasting his inner reckoning with a rousing, singalong chorus hook, “Oh, I’ve got a name.” With Olen, the artist reminds us that self-discovery is ongoing and ever-present, rather than an end in itself. Without a doubt, Olen’s debut EP is the work of a late bloomer coming into full bloom." ~ Mitch Mosk

-from Salt Lake City, UT
-Over the course of three albums, the Salt Lake City trio has refined their rowdy acoustic pop towards a leaner indie sheen, while never losing their signature sense of warm, all-in-this-together nostalgia and mega-melodic audio adventure.

Comprising three best buds – Montana Smith (vocals/guitar), Adrian De La Cruz (bass), and Brad Bennett (drums) – Cinders is out to conquer the world one irresistible tune at a time, befriending everyone they meet along the way. Their live shows are uniquely inclusive, interactive celebrations that lovingly blur the lines between performer and listener.

Cinders’ 2016 eponymous debut album was an instantly lovable, effortlessly danceable rush of acoustic guitar-driven indie-folk. Released later that same year, the Acoustics, Vol. 1 EP spawned surprise mini-hit “Unhinged.” Their 2018 sophomore album, Looking Forward to Looking Back, marked an organic evolution of Cinders’ boisterous sound shaped by countless live shows all over the U.S. and abroad.

Inspired by the likes of The Front Bottoms, Grouplove, and Twenty One Pilots, their new album No One’s Home expanded Cinders’ sonic palette while embracing some darker lyrical themes. Yet the record retained their charmingly wide-eyed and unrelentingly optimistic spirit.

Nocean Beach
-from San Francisco, CA
-Nocean Beach is music for DIY shows, house shows, generator in the sand dunes shows, where the front row is nose to nose with the singer in the band, and the ceiling is so low that crowd surfing touches the rafters. Songwriter Alexi Belchere learned how to play guitar from White Stripes tabs on and wrote Nocean Beach songs to point a mirror at herself and try not to flinch. The results are dreamy, crunchy, twangy, and groovy all at once: the perfect songs to yell along to or play by yourself while staring at the sea.