Best Coast (2012). The Only Place (CD). NewYork: Mexican Summer. $14.98
Description: The Los Angeles band Best Coast's second record creates a sound that merges fast-chugging dreamy pop with jangly country guitar. It's a winning combination on this work, an ode to the city where they live -- the key lyric in the title track is "Why would you live anywhere else?" The great thing about this record, aside from singer Bethany Cosentino's soft yet edgy vocalization, is the band's historical mindset. They dig up the musical archives here, blending Phil Spector's girl group pop with touches of indie country (hints of Wilco), classic rock (touches of Roy Orbison) and New York art-rock (Velvet Underground pulses throughout everything). It is both a great contemporary indie rock album and a historical journey that takes you through some of the best sounds of the past 70 years.
Genre: CD -- Indie Rock.
Curriculum Ties: N/A
Reading Level/Interest Age: All ages.
Challenge Issues: N/A
Why Included: This band has become one of the best reviewed indie rock groups over the past few years. Their historical mindset makes for rich listening.