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Surf-pop stars Best Coast simply want 'to write perfect pop songs'

Surf-pop ambassadors Best Coast channel Stevie Nicks and Patsy Cline while staying true to their Golden State muse

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The vocal influences might seem strange for someone who works distinctly in the genre of pop (and, to my knowledge, Nashville has no natural beaches), but everything else is just about right. Brion, the mentor behind Best Coast's polished new sound, co-produced Kanye West's Late Registration in 2005. And as much as Consentino claims Fleetwood Mac as her primary influence, she also came of age in Southern California in the new millennium. That means she was bred on the hookiest, simplest genre of all: pop-punk.

Consentino might just be the answer to that male-dominated genre. She recently collaborated with New Found Glory and sings about "relationships, life, love and sadness" – typical fodder for that band. And although her trajectory as a musician suggests constant evolution, she really just has one persistent California dream: to write perfect pop songs.

"I don't want to write these epic songs that are deep and metaphorical," she says. "I just want to say, 'I wish he was my boyfriend,' and for someone else out there to be like, 'Yes, I totally understand that.'"

Best Coast with Those Darlins

8 p.m. Monday, July 9
The Social, 407-246-1419

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