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Best Coast brings their own jolly dose of surf rock to the Beach Boys’ “Little Saint Nick”

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Best Coast | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Thanksgiving’s over, so you know what that means: time for bounties of the corniest, jolliest fa la la holiday cheer. While Christmas classics still run the show, it’s always fun to hear new takes on nostalgia-ridden tunes. Amazon agrees, as they’ve compiled a playlist called “Indie for the Holidays,” which includes a gleeful cover of the Beach Boys’ “Little Saint Nick,” by surf rockers, Best Coast. Continue reading →

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Best Coast and Wavves light up the Electric Factory

Best Coast | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Best Coast | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Indie-rock duo Best Coast and pop-punk rockers Wavves brought the sounds of California to the Electric Factory on Wednesday night with their “Summer is Forever II” tour. 

Best Coast played a set of their easygoing surf-punk tunes in support of their most recent album, California Nights, which came out last year. The band also pulled from their back catalog to play a well-balanced set of their newest music along with older favorites. Touring bandmates on drums, bass, and guitar backed vocalist and guitarist Bethany Cosentino and multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno throughout a sweet set that ranged from the energetic riffs in “When Will I Change” to the mellowness of “Our Deal.” 

Throughout the set, fans were engrossed in the music; at one point, a dedicated fan in the front row wearing a Garfield costume took to crowd surfing. Towards the end of the show, the band played their hit song “Boyfriend” while Cosentino sang to the Garfield head and wore it for a portion of the song. They closed up their set with an impressive performance of “When Will I Change,” leaving the crowd wanting more. Once Best Coast returned on stage for the encore, they wrapped up the show with a lively performance of “Bratty B.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Best Coast at Electric Factory, The Cactus Blossoms at Johnny Brenda’s, Talib Kweli at TLA

Best Coast | Photo by John Vettese
Best Coast | Photo by John Vettese

Indie rock duo Best Coast will be bringing their easygoing SoCal vibes to the Electric Factory tonight. The Los Angeles band released their most recent record, the aptly titled California Nights, in 2015 and is touring with fellow Californians Wavves. Tickets to the All Ages show can be found via the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Drenge at Johnny’s Brendas, Best Coast at Union Transfer

Drenge | Photo by Samuel Lewis
Drenge | Photo by Samuel Lewis

U.K. up-and-comers Drenge will headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight in support of their sophomore release, Undertow. The grunge rock band started as a duo of brothers playing guitar and drums, but they have since incorporated a bass player to create a new dynamic. Tonight’s show will be their second-to-last in the U.S. before they head off to play the European festival circuit. Watch their video for song “Running Wild” below and get tickets for their 21+ show with Made Violent here. Continue reading →

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Recap: Best Coast showcases California Nights at NonCOMM

Best Coast | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com
Best Coast | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

Best Coast brought the fuzz to World Café Live to continue 2015’s NonCOMM convention. The Southern California band powered through new material from California Nights, their latest album released on May 5. Vocalist and guitarist Bethany Cosentino led the group through a dynamic mix of sounds: the wall-of-sound dream-poppiness of the new album’s title track, “California Nights,” as well as pummeling punk beats on another “Heaven Sent.” Continue reading →

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Listen to Best Coast’s set at the Public Radio Rocks SXSW showcase, watch “California Nights”

Best Coast | Photo by John Vettese
Best Coast | Photo by John Vettese

As long as Best Coast is made up of songwriting duo Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno, you can be certain that they’ll be kicking out sunshiney pop nuggets like “When I’m With You” and “The Only Place.” The Best Coast that took the stage at the Public Radio Rocks SXSW showcase on Friday took it to another level, filling out the band to a six-piece and filling out the sound with robust arrangements of keyboards and guitar. Continue reading →

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Best Coast celebrates its home state in “California Nights”

Best Coast | photo via facebook.com/bestcoast
Best Coast | photo via facebook.com/bestcoast

Rock duo Best Coast pays tribute to the California terrain and state they call home in the new  video for “California Nights.” It’s the title track for their third album, and it gives us a glimpse of what the new songs are all about: “California nights make me feel so happy I could die.” The sentiment by lead vocalist Bethany Cosentino is as beautiful as it is haunting. Continue reading →

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Review: Best Coast bring sunny California to the TLA

Best Coast arrived in Philly on Wednesday night bringing their brand of sunny California guitar pop to an enthusiastic crowd at the Theatre Of Living Arts. Early arrivers were rewarded with a strong performance by LA’s The Lovely Bad Things. They complimented a fan wearing a Sub Pop t-shirt and then proceeded to deliver a high-energy performance that would make that label proud, swapping instruments, bouncing around the stage and all taking turns singing. Next came New York’s Guards, on tour in support of their excellent In Guards We Trust album. Leader Richie Follin held his guitar over his head frequently and waved it out over the crowd during a powerful and crowd moving performance of the band’s psychedelic rock. (Check out their session with World Cafe’s David Dye here.)

Best Coast then took the stage to a roar from the crowd. The band is still on tour for last year’s successful The Only Place, playing a twenty-song mix of songs from their two albums and a couple of new songs. Highlights from early in the set included a moving, droning performance of “Last Year” followed by a sun kissed version of their ode to California, “The Only Place.” The prize of the night came in the form of two new songs. The first was a danceable rocker called “Fear Of My Identity” which the crowd reacted to with approval. The second was a shimmering new number called “Who Have I Become” which featured some stinging guitar work from Bobb Bruno. Late in the set came a slow starting “When I’m With You” with singer Bethany Cosentino playing the first verse slow by herself and then the band kicking in loud and fast. They played the song at a much faster pace than the recorded version, turning the floor of the club into a smiling sweating dancing mass.

The band returned for their encore with “Do You Love Me Like You Used Too.” When the band headlined Philly last year when The Only Place came out, Cosentino admitted that she added the song to the set list reluctantly, but did so because the fan response to it was so powerful. In their second performance here, the band played the song with an energy and intensity that shows the fans asked for the right thing, and they demonstrated their approval in the form of a loud response to the number. The band closed with the beautiful, yearning wall-of-sound “Boyfriend,” and sent the crowd out into the hot outdoors wishing for more summer nights like this.