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Best Coast : Wavves

Next Thursday will feature an epic double-headlining bill at Terminal 5, featuring sets from both Best Coasts and Wavves. They’re calling in the “Summer Is Forever II” tour, a sequel to a similar tour that took place in 2011. Both released new records in 2015, with Best Coast releasing California Nights via Harvest Records, and Wavves releasing V via Ghost Ramp. Not only do we get sets from them, but also from rising L.A. group Cherry Glazerr

It’s bound to be a great night of music, and it will be interesting to see how the two crowds balance out. Wavves crowds tend to get a bit wild and out of hand, while Best Coast is a more chilled out set. It will be an interesting night of music to say the least, and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.

Tickets for the show are still available to purchase right here. We’ll have coverage of the show coming this way very soon.

Best Coast, Built To Spill and Alvvays at 50 Kent (June 13, 2015)

By Will Oliver, August 24th 2015 — with 1 comment

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One of the most impressive bills of not only the Northside Festival, but all of this summer was Best Coast, Built To Spill, Alvvays and Bully at 50 Kent. It was not a free show, but based on all the amazing talent in one venue, I think the show was still a must see for a majority of those who were in Brooklyn for the weekend.

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I unfortunately missed Bully because of a conflict with Against Me!, but I made it in time for Alvvays. Even though I just caught them at the biggest headlining show of their own a few months earlier at Bowery Ballroom, this was technically their biggest New York show to date. And they were up to the challenge, as they delivered their strongest performance yet. They keep the songs off their 2014 debut album (which Polyvinyl released) sounding alive and well, becoming more assured and seasoned live performers along the way.
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Best Coast - California Nights

Best Coast have announced that they will release new album California Nights on May 5 via Harvest Records. The duo (Bethany Cosentino + Bobb Bruno) recorded the album at WAX LTD in Hollywood, California, working with producer Wally Gagel. It’s described a “brighter, more sparkly, more sophisticated, more psychedelic Best Coast album across the board, embodying the rich lightness and stinging darkness of a California state of mind.”

Here’s what Cosentino said about the album:

If you have ever lived in California, you know what nighttime here feels like. You know what the sky looks like when those epic sunsets begin, and you understand that feeling and the way things change when the sun finally sets. In LA, or maybe just personally to me, when the sun sets – I feel like there is a large sense of calmness in the air, and I feel like everything that happened to me prior in the day, whether crappy experiences or good ones, at night, it all goes away and I sink deep into this different kind of ‘world.’

It also ties in with the idea that, in LA, there’s a real darkness that you don’t see unless you know where to look. That’s a theme we very consciously decided to explore and play with when making this record. We related to the idea that things may LOOK or SOUND fun and upbeat, but they may not actually always BE that way – much like our songs. A lot of the writing for this record consisted of me getting to know myself again and remembering where Bethany ended and Best Coast began. I took a much needed step back and I was able to breathe deep for a moment and really focus on what I was doing. The end result of all of that, is California Nights. It’s about a journey, accepting the things you have no control over; it’s about dealing with life like an adult, and at the end of the day, reminding yourself that there really is no reason to be sad, and you have every right to feel okay.

Based on first single and title track “California Nights” the album will be their biggest yet. It captures something personal, yet you feel like you’re hit with this giant wave of melancholy. It reminds me a great deal of Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You,” another California band. I mean that as a compliment, of course.

I’ve fully embraced this version of Best Coast, and this song is currently paying off dividends.

Listen to “California Nights” below by watching it’s very California music video, directed by Adam Harding.
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[music video]: Best Coast – I Don’t Know How

By Will Oliver, November 1st 2013

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In their video for “I Don’t Know How” Best Coast sings in a empty swimming pool now used by skateboarders during a nice day, resembling the warm summer days that are pretty much a distant memory at this point. It’s still crazy to see Best Coast producing these huge videos, but it just shows how far they’ve come over the years.

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directed it. “I Don’t Know How” is taken off their new mini-album, Fade Away, which is out now. Find the video posted below. Read the rest of this entry »

[new]: Best Coast – This Lonely Morning

By Will Oliver, October 4th 2013

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Best Coast has gradually been working towards a much fuller, more complete sound with every significant release. It seems like she is going for the gold on her new mini-album Fade Away, which comes out October 22 via her own label, Jewel City.

She gave us a taste of the mini-album with “I Don’t Know How” and now she follows that up with the even better “This Lonely Morning.”

On the new track, Bethany and Bobb finally reach their true potentially finding a happy medium between their more well produced sound and lo-fi astchetic of their earlier releases. This is one of the best things they’ve released since their debut.

Take a listen to “This Lonely Morning” below.
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[new]: Best Coast – I Don’t Know How

By Will Oliver, September 23rd 2013

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Best Coast will return with a new mini album titled Fade Away on October 22 via Jewel City, Bethany Cosentino’s very own label.

“I Don’t Know How” is the first cut from the album to be shared. Best Coast now sits comfortably in this more well produced world, but her songwriting continues to sound right at home with the classic structure of pop songs from the 50s/60s. While I still prefer her earlier work, this is still an enjoyable listen that sounds sunny and upbeat, clashing with the weather that the fall season is bringing.

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Best Coast Announce New (Mini) Album: Fade Away

By Will Oliver, September 11th 2013

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On October 22 Best Coast will release a new mini album called Fade Away. It consists of seven new songs, and will be released on Jewel City, Bethany Cosentino’s new label. Mazzy Star, My Bloody Valentine, and Patsy Cline were cited as influences on the record.

Fade Away will feature “Fear Of My Identity” and “Who Have I Become”, the two songs that Best Coast included on their Record Store Day single

Best Coast will also begin recording their next album in November, which will be released next Spring. I guess the songs are just coming to them these days.

Best Coast @ Governors Ball (June 7, 2013)

By Will Oliver, June 11th 2013

Of all the bands summoned to the hurricane like weather on Friday, the sun-tailored Best Coast were probably the least appropriate. Bethany didn’t shy away from the fact that if she were in our position, she would have nothing to do with the mud and rain. But she was on the stage, and did her thing in solid fashion as always. It’s still strange seeing Best Coast as a fully fleshed out 4-piece rock outfit now, as I will always think of them as the lo-fi product of a girl from Cali.
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It’s been nearly 3 years since I first posted (and interviewed) Best Coast, which is pretty insane thinking about it. She was the main draw at the Red Bull Soundstage on Tuesday and Adrian Grenier – who played Vinny on Entourage – was standing a few feet over from us watching in the crowd. So yeah, she’s come a long, long, way since those lo-fi single days.

Her band now features a full band with a new drummer and bass player. Her live show has, of course, grown miles over the years and it’s safe to say Best Coast have grown into one of the biggest bands on the scene.

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