PICS: Julien Baker at the Irenic

Turn out the lights: Julien Baker, Half Waif and Adam Torres wowed a sold-out Irenic on Dec. 15.

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Allyson Ta
Baker -- born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee -- recently released her sophomore full-length album "Turn Out the Lights" on Oct. 27.
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She attended Middle Tennessee State University where she studied audio engineering and English Literature before leaving school to tour full time.
The singer/songwriter is also co-founder and member of the alt-rock band Forrister, formerly known as the Star Killers.
Baker self-released her debut EP on Bandcamp toward the end of 2014. Eventually, that EP was remastered for release via 6131 Records as her first studio album "Sprained Ankle." It was released in October 2015.
Allyson Ta
"Sprained Ankle" was included on several year-end best-of lists and led to features on Baker in the New Yorker and the New York Times, among other publications.
Gabriela Tully Claymore from Stereogum wrote that the songs were "unabashedly explicit, and Sprained Ankle discusses depression, substance abuse, and general crises of faith in detail."
On her guitar playing, Ian Cohen of Pitchfork wrote that "[Baker is] a minimalist, playing bassy clusters of melodic thirds, flicking silvery harmonics, [and] palm-muting chords."
Earlier in 2017, she signed to Matador Records and released a 7-inch of the songs "Funeral Pyre" and "Distant Solar Systems," prior to the release of her latest album.
Half Waif helped open the show. Nandi Rose Plunkett (pictured), the mastermind behind the music, writes, records and performs under the moniker, along with Zack Levine and Adan Carlo.
If she seems familiar, that's because Plunkett is also a member of the band Pinegrove. Her music as Half Waif has been described as "a richly layered collage of blinking electronic soundscapes, echoes of Celtic melodies and the sad chord changes of 19th-century art music."
Half Waif's latest EP, "form/a," was released in April of this year via the Cascine label.
Also on the bill was singer/songwriter Adam Torres. Although he got his start in Athens, Ohio, he has since relocated to Austin, Texas. His 2006 debut album "Nostra Nova" was highly critically acclaimed, and saw an official re-release in 2015.
In September of 2016, Torres released his second full-length album, "Pearls to Swine," via Fat Possum Records.
Allyson Ta
'Twas a wonderful time, but unfortunately, according to SD: Dialed In's Rosey Bystrak, Baker's Dec. 15 show was in fact the last concert that'll be held at the Irenic. No other shows are currently scheduled at the venue.
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