It was only a matter of time before surf-centric smashers Bethany Cosentino and Nathan Williams, of Best Coast and Wavves respectively, took their buzz-topping romance on the road. And with both bands releasing highly acclaimed albums last summer—both, incidentally, prominently featuring animated versions of Cosentino’s meme-launching pet cat Snacks in their album art—the timing for the shared tour couldn’t be better.
Best Coast is the partnership of Cosentino and Bobb Bruno. The duo make indie-pop confections sending up sixties girl-pop, in Cosentino’s vocals, and surf-rock, with alternately fuzzy and wet guitar and bass. 2010’s”Crazy For You,” Best Coast’s debut full-length, highlights Cosentino’s pennings of sun-steeped slacker love, (e.g., on title track, “Crazy For You”: “I’m always crazy when I miss you. / I’m always lazy when I miss you. / And even though you are my guy, / I always freak when I get high.”).
Wavves’ 2010 release “King of the Beach,” finds the group confidently approaching a much more straightforward tone than their (nearly) eponymous sophomore album. Whereas 2009’s “Wavves” seems a parallel development to indie-rock’s most recently burst shit-gaze bubble—guitars play flat in the mix on overdrive and vocals are uniformly watery and obscured—”King of the Beach” reflects a more grownup sense of production and a greater affinity with sixties pop à la Beach Boys. Looks like Cosentino’s style might be rubbing off on Williams. Now if only she could impart some manners to her bad-boy bedmate. (David Wicik)
February 8 and 9 at Lincoln Hall, 2424 North Lincoln, (773)525-2501, 7pm. $15. All ages.