Best Coast, Wavves

The Regency, mtvU Freshman Five and Spin Present:

Best Coast

Wavves

Hunx and His Punx, Royal Baths

Sat, February 26, 2011

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Regency Ballroom

San Francisco, CA

This event is all ages

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Best Coast
Best Coast
With all of the disturbing change California is facing these days, be it financial, social, or political, it would seem a stretch to call it anything but doomed. Heck, even the weather seems to have left the once seemingly endless sunny shores. Fortunately, there is still hope to be found. A hope that has risen before when all seemed dire, and that hope is in the music from the Best Coast. An appropriate name for a musical project that hearkens the days of surfer rock from it's majestic heyday of the 1960s.

It is easy enough to imagine Bethany Cosentino in a brightly colored go-go dress, thigh high boots and possibly a beehive hairdo, as she swoons to the swaying rhythm of her and fellow bandmate Bobb Bruno's songs. And though the imagery might not be factual, the music certainly is. Inspired by such acts as the Ronettes, Connie Francis, and Patsy Cline, with a heavy dose of reverb and a dash of lo-fi, Best Coast is currently doing quite well from sea to shining sea.

Their first full length album, Crazy for You, released in July of 2010, has had a very positive critical and popular reception, even cracking the Billboard Top 40 in August of the same year. They have been featured on Jimmy Fallon, named as one of the best albums of the year by Spin Magazine, and generally reached mass popularity at a rate most bands can only dream of. From this point on it is anyone's guess as to what the future holds, but it surely is refreshing to hear such uplifting music coming from the West Coast. If Ms. Cosentino continues to write such happy and dreamy melodies, perhaps the West Coast can continue to vie for the title of Best Coast.

CHAD MITCHELL
Wavves
Wavves
Call it a surf rock revival, Wavves is a band that is not only riding the current wave, but perhaps leading the pack. With three albums in three years, Wavves have evolved from a grungy, distorted noise pop band, to a full fledged act with depth and style. On their most recent, King of the Beach, there are hard hitting singalongs such as “Post Acid,” mellow melodies like “When Will You Come,” and everything in between. In just 36.9 minutes the record plays out as a great BBQ soundtrack for the upcoming summer days.

CHAD MITCHELL
Hunx and His Punx
Hunx and His Punx
Take kitsch, humor, a little bubble gum punk and what do you get? The answer would be Hunx and His Punx, a band from San Francisco that has recently had a repress of their LP, Gay Singles, on Matador Records. Though songs such as “Don't Cha Want Me Back,” and “U Don't Like Rock N Roll,” are enjoyable on their own, the band also incorporates videos and imagery that more fully complete each song–a full cinematic experience that would make John Waters proud.

CHAD MITCHELL
Royal Baths
Royal Baths
If the Velvet Underground were to take a dark depressing trip down a rabbit hole, then they might end up sounding like Royal Baths. However, Royal Baths have risen from said hole and bring with it an aggressive edge that keeps their tunes from being anything but melancholy. Their recent offering, Litanies, came out on the New York Label Woodsist late last year and has been generating headlines. A lengthy listen is recommended, as it is one of those rare gems that stand heavily on not one song, nor two, but the complete set.

CHAD MITCHELL
Venue Information:
The Regency Ballroom
1300 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA, 94109
http://www.theregencyballroom.com/