Saturday Night: Best Coast At Fitzgerald's

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Neph Basedow
Best Coast
November 6, 2010

Considering our prior exposure to Best Coast was at this summer's massive Pitchfork Festival, we were eager to check them out on Saturday, in the considerably cozier confines of Fitzgerald's.

It seems much of Houston shared similar enthusiasm, as the line to enter spanned the block. And on the city's chilliest night of the season, such eagerness to enter the venue was kicked up a notch.

Taking the stage to the fitting backing track of Frankie Valli's "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," the Los Angeles-based trio received an avid welcome from their all-ages crowd.

Singer/songwriter Bethany Cosentino, guitarist Bobb Bruno and drummer Ali Koehler (formerly of Vivian Girls) kicked off their set with "Bratty B" from this year's full-length debut, Crazy For You. The LP's material was most prominently featured throughout the evening, as the trio plowed through an ostensibly effortless set of its key tracks, including "The End," "Our Deal," "Goodbye," and "When I'm With You."

Standout single and easy highlight "Boyfriend" should make every contemporary band green with envy; with a flawless pop structure and singsong melody, its bare-souled lyrics read as if they were torn from the pages of Cosentino's private diary. A cover of Lesley Gore's 1964 single "That's the Way Boys Are" fit flawlessly alongside Best Coast's kindred teen-like anthems.

"This is our first time in Houston," Cosentino keenly announced, revealing her girlish demeanor. And as if these two thoughts were somehow connected, she continued, "And we are looking for a drink called Drank," which summoned a bout of giggles from the crowd. But a soft drink that aims to induce "extreme relaxation" seems unnecessary for the already laid-back Californians, whose sunny West Coast nature shined through their wall of fuzzy garage-pop.

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