The first notifications of Best Coast selling out the Rhythm Room showed up on the Internet a few hours before the show, between Silverplatter and a humorous post from No Joy’s Facebook , “Hey! Phoenix show is sold out, but if you bring us snacks (kettle chips and gummy bears) we will put you on the guestlist.” They posted a picture after the show, posing with Best Coast and the aforementioned snacks, and made a point to note that it was not snacks the cat.
Unfortunately, I missed No Joy’s set, but my friend, Adrian Flanagan, saw them open for The Big Pink a few months ago. Here’s what he had to say, “It was shoegaze-ish that reminded me of My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus and Mary Chain. All their stuff kinda sounded the same, but I liked it. The two women in the band had awesome shaggy hair, I dug them.”
Although the Rhythm Room is now hosting all ages shows, they still cater to a 21+ crowd. When I arrived, I fruitlessly tried to walk through the bar. I was surprised to find that I ended up a few rows away from the stage in the all ages section with plenty of room. Not bad for a sold out show.
Sonny & the Sunsets were a delight. They are a San Francisco quartet that plays warm and mellow folk-influenced indie and garage rock. The crowd bopped along as they powered through their forty minute set. Sonny Smith, the drummer, told Phoenix they were a great crowd and said that they were in for a treat with Best Coast.
Memorable songs included “Death Cream” and “Love Among Social Animals.” Sonny and the Sunsets was one of the best opening acts I have seen in awhile. If you’re reading this review, and Best Coast is coming to your town, get there early so you can check these guys out. I really wish I could have checked out No Joy.
Before Best Coast opened with “Bratty B,” singer/guitarist Bethany Cosentino did a rapid fire mic check while her bandmates jammed. Cosentino had monitor issues throughout the evening that weren’t resolved until midway through Best Coast’s set. Guitarist Bobb Bruno was almost always dancing, and drummer Ali Koehler’s enthusiasm could be seen through her smiles and head bobbing.
Someone in the crowd shouted, “It’s my birthday!” and Cosentino replied, “It’s your birthday? It was my birthday last week, so happy birthday to all us Scorpios. This song’s called Scorpio mood,” which served as an introduction to “Summer Mood.”
Cosentino brought the birthday girl on stage for “When I’m With You,” and changed the lyrics to “When I'm with Ashley, I have fun.”
Throughout Best Coast’s performance, there was a man who was trying to get the crowd to clap along. Cosentino briefly wore his hat during “Each and Every Day” and shouted “Phoenix!” as they both lead a hand clap toward the end of the song.
The closing song was, “That’s the Way Boys Are,” which is a Leslie Gore cover that is featured on the California Nights compilation. I was surprised to hear so many EP tracks, and above all that Best Coast could play 17 songs in 45 minutes.
1. Bratty B
2. Crazy for You
3. Sun Was High (So Was I)
4. The End
5. Far Away
6. Summer Mood
8. Our Deal
9. When the Sun Don’t Shine
11. This is Real
12.Wish He Was You
13. I Want to
14. When I’m With You
15. Something in the Way
16. Each and Every Day
17. That’s The Way Boys are