08/11/13 Seattle, WA Neumos *
08/12/13 Vancouver, BC Rio Theatre *
08/13/13 Portland, OR Hawthorne*
08/15/13 San Francisco, CA Fillmore *
08/16/13 Big Sur, CA Henry Miller Library *
08/17/13 "San Diego IndieFest"
08/18/13 Chico, CA El Rey Theatre *
08/23/13 Detroit, MI Magic Stick Lounge
08/24/13 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
08/25/13 "Riot Fest"
09/16/13 St. Louis, MO Firebird *
09/17/13 Columbia, MO Blue Note*
09/18/13 Lawrence, KS Granada
09/19/13 Omaha, NE Waiting Room*
* w/ Bleached
California surf band, Best Coast is touring through North America starting with El Paso. They'll be stopping through Minneapolis on 7/31/2013 and wrapping up the tour in Omaha, NE. ..…
They started off the set with "Goodbye" and "Crazy For You" off their debut album Crazy For You. What's great about both these songs is the equal importance of Cosentino's voice and the accompanying guitar and drums. They slowed it down with "Summer Mood." Cosentino's voice stretched and warbled to the lazy summer ballad.
From their second studio album, The Only Place, they played "No One Like You" and the ever-rebellious "How They Want Me To Be." The intimacy of the show as the crowd poured in created a dynamic shift in the room and Best Coast captivated their audience, from first-time listeners swaying their hips to long-time fans moving their lips along to the lyrics of every heart-felt love song. Or as Consentino put it, "This is a f**kin' dope show. There is not a single weird vibe here tonight."
Off their upcoming EP, which will be released September 24, 2013, they jammed out to "Fear Of My Identity." It was a surprising track to come out of normally mellow Best Coast. The song had a harder edge to it which breaks up the subtle monotony of surf rock.
Before playing "Our Deal," Consentino joked that the secret meaning behind the song was about George Costanza from Seinfeld and his relationship with ducks. If you have a spare four minutes to check out the official music video for Best Coast's "Our Deal," you'll see some familiar faces including actor/musician Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino).
One of my favorite songs of the evening was a haunting performance of "Honey." Although the lyrics are simple: "You're so good to me when you go away/But when you get home you don't have much to say"; the repetitive beat and sultry-sweet chorus of "Honey" was an experience.
After wrapping up the show with "Each and Everyday" from their upcoming album, the crowd cheered for an encore. Best Coast came back onto the stage with a demand for more vodka. They played personal favorite, "Do You Love Me Like You Used To" and crowd favorite "Boyfriend."