LIVE: Best Coast, Wavves

Surf's up: Best Coast and Wavves treated the Observatory North Park to some killer indie-pop tunes on March 4. Lo-fi rockers Cherry Glazerr opened the show.

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Surf's up: Best Coast co-headlined the Observatory North Park on March 4.
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The "Summer Is Forever II" tour had the Observatory North Park sold out.
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Wavves (Nathan Williams, pictured), the show's other co-headliner, originally hail from San Diego.
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Lo-fi indie-pop buzz band Cherry Glazerr opened the show.
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Best Coast is primarily a duo (although they are joined by touring musicians for live shows) consisting of Bethany Cosentino (guitars/vocals) and Bobb Bruno (guitar/bass).
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Fun fact: Cosentino was a child actress and actually starred in commercials for Little Caesars.
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She started writing music when she was 15, and claims Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Weezer as musicial influences.
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She spent a short stint as a member of the experimentalist drone group Pocahaunted before founding Best Coast in 2009 with Bruno.
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The band’s debut album, “Crazy For You,” dropped in 2010 and was an immediate success.
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It entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 36 and sold 10,000 units in its first week.
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Best Coast’s sound exists within the surf-pop and indie-pop genres, that also mixes in a ‘50s and ‘60s doo-wop style.
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The band released “The Only Place,” their sophomore album follow-up in 2012. Producer/composer Jon Brion worked on the record.
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The band’s third studio album, “California Nights,” came out on May 5, 2015 and was produced by Butch Walker.
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Their March 4 setlist included songs such as “Crazy For You,” “Heaven Sent,” “California Nights,” “When You Wake Up,” “Dreaming My Life Away,” “The Only Place,” and “Boyfriend” among others.
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Wavves co-headlined the show with Best Coast and featured San Diego native Nathan Williams on guitar/vocals.
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Williams founded the band, which basically started as a solo home-recording project, in 2008.
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Now, Wavves consists of guitarist Alex Gates, bassist Stephen Pope and drummer Brian Hill.
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In the early days of the band, Williams would perform with drummer Ryan Ulsh as a duo.
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The band’s second full-length self-titled album released on Feb. 3, 2009. Pitchfork, Spin and A.V. Club all raved about it.
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However, during the band’s 2009 Barcelona Primavera Sound Festival, Williams suffered a drug-induced breakdown and the next day, canceled the rest of the band’s tour due to “alcohol addiction.”
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After rehabbing, Wavves released “King of the Beach” in 2010, and racked up great review after great review. It was named the 24th best album of the year by Spin, and the 50th best album of the year by Pitchfork.
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The band released their fourth album, “Afraid of Heights” in 2013, where it peaked at No. 81 on the Billboard 200 (the band’s highest charting album to date).
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Last July, Wavves released “V,” their fifth studio album with the singles “Way Too Much,” “Flamezesz” and “Heavy Metal Detox.”
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At the March 4 show, they played “Sail to the Sun,” “Linus Spacehead,” “Paranoid,” “Redlead,” “Idiot,” “Pony,” “My Head Hurts,” “Afraid of Heights,” “No Life For Me,” “Heavy Metal Detox” and more.
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Cherry Glazerr is an off-kilter noise pop group from LA, which was founded in 2012.
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The band was started when singer/guitarist Clementine Creevy began recording songs in her bedroom.
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The band consists of Creevy and bassist Sean Redman (pictured), as well as touring musicians.
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They made a demo tape that caught the attention of iconic indie-rock label Burger Records.
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The band named themselves Cherry Glazerr after NPR reporter Chery Glaser and released their debut nine-song cassette called “ Papa Cremp” in 2013.
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Cherry Glazerr released their first full-length album, “Haxel Princess,” in 2014.
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They tore through a set on March 4 that included “Had Ten Dollaz,” “I Told You,” “White’s Not My Color This Evening,” “Trick or Treat Dancefloor,” “Humble Pro,” “All My Friends, “Sweaty Faces,” and more.
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