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A Confident Best Coast Tops the Bill for Viva PHX

By her own admission, the 2015 Bethany Cosentino is far more comfortable in her own skin than the 2009 version.

Cosentino, the lead singer and principal songwriter (along with multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno) for Los Angeles indie-pop duo Best Coast, first burst into public consciousness with the unfathomably catchy "Boyfriend," from her band's 2010 debut Crazy For You. The song is a wistful yet sunny song yearning for unrequited love, with a sort of early-'60s girl group charm and a surf-pop tinge that sounds like it couldn't come out of anywhere except a sunbathed Los Angeles apartment. It's a touch innocent, perhaps, and her desire for friendship to blossom into something more seeps into other songs on the album. This vulnerability in her lyrics helped make the band accessible and relatable, and these themes and the ones she explored on the band's follow-up, 2012's The Only Place, contributed to the her reputation as a singer who wrote only about relationships.

Those days might be behind her, at least partially. Best Coast has a new album, California Nights, out May 5 on Harvest Records, and the only single the band has released so far shares a name with the album, meaning, as you might guess, it has more to do with geography than interpersonal drama.

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David Accomazzo is a music wrangler, award-winning reporter, critic, and editor with more than a decade in the business.
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