Best Coast, Light Pollution | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Fri., April 16, 10:30 p.m. 2010

Recently a number of acts—most notably Crystal Stilts, Vivian Girls, and Dum Dum Girls—have been borrowing garage rock's low fidelity and pop nostalgia, but instead of delivering their hooks with the snarling badassitude that garage has relied on since the mid-60s, they go off on dreamy, reverb-laden sonic explorations that show the influence of shoegaze's more lotus eater-y moments. One of the better acts to emerge from this trend is Best Coast, aka Bethany Cosentino. On a handful of singles released over the past few months she's shown a talent for putting together songs that find a better balance between hooks and sonics than many of her peers'. She's a dedicated Californian—she returned to her native LA after suffering through one New York winter—and you can hear it in songs like "Something in the Way" and "Make You Mine," which beam sunshine even though the lyrics are about "imaginary boyfriends" (as she recently told the LA Times) who embody the prototypical untouchable girl-group-ballad heartbreaker. Light Pollution opens. —Miles Raymer

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