We have no idea what the haters are smoking -- it's certainly not the good shit -- because last night's Best Coast performance at the Middle East in Cambridge was pretty spot-on and nowhere near the live trainwreck some critics have reported. After raw, rocket-fueled performances by Young Adults and Male Bonding, Bethany Cosentino and her crew were a wall of mesmerizing pop noise, barrelling through her set and sounding like a young and emboldened Juliana Hatfield.
If you consistently read the Phoenix, you know we're pretty high on Best Coast, which hits the Middle East tonight with the UK's Male Bonding (Also endorsed). But be sure to roll up to the Central Square rock club early this evening for some bold local flavor provided by Young Adults. The show is a warm-up of sorts for the Allston trio's record-release party at Great Scott next month, of which we had this to say in our fall local music preview:
Less than a week following the performance that landed her band a giant photo and rave review in the New York Times,
Best Coast frontwoman Bethany Cosentino was huddled with her iPhone in
the corner of a classroom at Tufts. "Sitting in a corner watching
fluffy lumbers, googling maine coons," she tweeted from the Crane Room
last night as she waited to perform.