Best Coast, ‘California Nights’


Aidin Vaziri | They grow up so quickly. In the five years since singer-guitarist Bethany Cosentino started the Southern California band Best Coast with hirsute guitarist Bobb Bruno, it has gone from a shaggy, two-chord garage rock act to sophisticated pop contender. “California Nights,” the duo’s third full-length album, retains the wide-eyed charm of its predecessors while exhibiting clear signs of maturity, from the burly metal riffs on “Heaven Sent” to the psychedelic title track, a meditative mash note to life on the Pacific. The biggest change takes place in Cosentino, 28, who as a frontwoman sounds more confident and daring than ever, commanding the exuberant, thoroughly radio-ready “Feeling OK” as if she really means it.