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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.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Best Coast at TLA, Cheers Elephant at City Hall, Sea Wolf at Sundown Concert Series, Tayyib Ali and Mr. Lif at The Blockley

best_coastTonight, California rockers Best Coast head to the TLA for what’s sure to be a high energy concert.  The group, who take a page from lo-fi, garage and surf rock released their sophomore album, The Only Place, last year.  Joining them will be the NY band Guards and another California group The Lovely Bad Things.  You can find tickets for the concert here.  Check out the title track to their second album below.

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Just announced: Best Coast and Guards playing TLA on June 5th

Guards photo by Olivia Malone
Guards photo by Olivia Malone
Best Coast and Guards are performing at the TLA on Wednesday, June 5th. Guards’ debut album, In Guards We Trust was recently released and they were on World Cafe with David Dye. Listen to the show here. Tickets go on sale this Friday. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, listen to a few covers by Guards of songs by Motorhead, Vampire Weekend, and M.I.A.

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Watch Best Coast cover Nirvana’s “About a Girl” (opening for Green Day at The Liacouras Center in January)

At their show last night in Brussels, Belgium, indie pop band Best Coast covered Nirvana’s “About a Girl.” Currently on tour in support of their sophomore album The Only Place, the band announced that beginning in January it will join Green Day on tour. The two bands will appear at the Liacouras Center at Temple on January 22nd. More ticket information for that show can be found here. Below, watch Best Coast perform “About a Girl.”

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Photo Recap: Best Coast and Those Darlins at Union Transfer

Last night at Union Transfer, DIIV and Those Darlins opened for California surf rockers Best Coast. The sold-out show was full of excited fans eager to see Best Coast sing all their favorite songs from the new album The Only Place. Check out a slideshow above, and be sure to tune in to Live at the World Cafe on Aug. 10 to hear the band’s session with David Dye.

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Listen: Best Coast covers Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon”; playing at Union Transfer in July


The Fleetwood Mac tribute album entitled Just Tell Me That You Want Me features various artists including MGMT, Lykke Li, The Kills, The New Pornographers, Tame Impala and more. The album is out August 14th on Concord Music Group. You can pre-order the album here. Best Coast perform with Those Darlins at Union Transfer on July 16th. You can purchase tickets to the show here. Below, listen to the song and watch Best Coast perform “Rhiannon.”

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