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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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Rocking and Rolling Down South: A recap of Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Festival

Dr. Dog | Photo by Tom Beck
Dr. Dog | Photo by Tom Beck

There’s usually a downside to festivals having stacked lineup: with so many great artists, you’re never going to be able to see them all. So when I made the trek down south to attend what is becoming the best indie-rock festival in North America – the Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta – there were a lot of difficult choices to be made. Do I see The Kooks or Wavves? Kaiser Chiefs or Manchester Orchestra? Wilco or Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds? Dr. Dog or Diamond Rugs?

But even with all these conflicts (my picks: Wavves, Manchester Orchestra, Wilco and Philly’s Dr. Dog), I wasn’t disappointed. 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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SXSW Dispatch: Public Radio Rocks showcase with Twin Shadow, Courtney Barnett, Gang of Four and more

Courtney Barnett | Photo by John Vettese
Courtney Barnett | Photo by John Vettese

We’ve parked ourselves at the Radio Day Stage at the Austin Convention Center, the site of the fourth annual Public Radio Rocks SXSW showcase, curated in collaboration with WFUV in New York, KUTX in Austin, KXT in Dallas, The Current in Minneapolis and WXPN in Philly. On the bill for today are Twin Shadow, Ryan Bingham, Best Coast, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Gang of Four and Courtney Barnett.

The show is streaming live until 7 p.m. EST, and you can listen to the performances here. Over the next several days, we’ll bring you video and full-set audio recaps of each artist’s set. For now, peruse the gallery below for an overview of the show; keep checking back, since we’ll be updating it as the day goes on. Continue reading →