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Best Coast gives surf rock modern twist
By Kevin Coffey
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER


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Watch a video of Best Coast performing "No One Like You"

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Whether it's a bright, sunny afternoon or freezing, snowy winter morning, Best Coast will transport you to the sun-kissed beaches of southern California.

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IF YOU GO:

Who: Best Coast with Jeff the Brotherhood

When: 9 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.

Tickets: $15 in advance or $17 day of show at the venue, www.etix.com or Homer's Music

Information: www.onepercentproductions.com or 402-345-7569

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ALSO:

See a surf rock legend

Who: Dick Dale and his band

When: July 6, 9 p.m.

Where: The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St.

Tickets: $20, are on sale at www.etix.com and Homer's Music.

Behind one of the most famous licks in surf rock history stands Dick Dale wielding a lefty Fender Stratocaster like a rock barbarian.

Dale, who performs in Omaha in July, is responsible for “Misirlou,” the blistering surf rock solo song that made an appearance in the opening of the movie “Pulp Fiction” and lately was sampled by the Black Eyed Peas in “Pump It.”

“Misirlou” is originally a Turkish song that Dale adapted to surf rock. Dale's version was later covered by the Beach Boys and many other surf rock bands.

With that song and many others, Dale's influence on rock 'n' roll is impressive.
Dale's website claims that he invented surf music in the '50s between surfing with his friends.

In the past, Best Coast singer Bethany Cosentino delivered a fuzzy, lazy, lo-fidelity approach to surf rock that dealt with boys, cats, crushes and other light topics.

Cosentino doesn't want to be seen as a lightweight songwriter on Best Coast's new album, “The Only Place.”

Cosentino told the Los Angeles Times that “if anyone listens to this record and says, ‘Oh, they're lo-fi,' I'm just going to be like, ‘You need to get your head checked.'”

The album is loud and bold and Cosentino has credited hip-hop stars, including Drake, for inspiring her.

“I was just like, you know what?” she told the Times, “I'm going to make this record like a rapper would make it, or at least how Drake would make it.”

Of course, Cosentino didn't want to alienate old fans by creating a brand new sound, so she and Best Coast multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno worked hard to develop their sound without completely changing it.

“You don't want to make something that's the same, and you don't really want to make something better or worse, you just want to make something that you're happy with, and I'm definitely happy with this record,” she told the UK's Daily Mail.

Originally from California, Cosentino started Best Coast while living in Brooklyn, where she was missing home. She channeled the Beach Boys and Everly Brothers in singing about her California roots.

“We were born with the sun in our teeth and in our hair,” she sings on the new album.

It's very relatable music and perfect for the summer (or winter). Cosentino has said she tries to focus less on personal experiences and more on general feelings.

“I think that's why Best Coast is successful, because people can relate to the music as opposed to trying to figure out what it is I'm talking about. As much as I love music that uses lots of metaphors, they don't necessarily talk about personal relationships and experiences,” she said.

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Best Coast performs "No One Like You"

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Kevin covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally covers other entertainment, including video games and comic books.

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