Teenage Dream: Best Coast + Wavves @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

UPDATE: Catch more photos in PHOTOS: Best Coast + Wavves post

So after yesterday’s White Stripes shock, I decided I should probably do the opposite of what I was going to do — you know, sit at home and cry and listen to White Stripes albums all night long. So against everything my heart and body was telling me, I decided to haul my butt out to Williamsburg to catch the Best Coast + Wavves love bug tour at MHOW.

Surprisingly, it was just what I needed. I’ll try to write more later, but the show was super fun, with Best Coast opening up tonight. Best Coast set was littered with clusters of girls swooning and singing every lyric alongside groups of swaying (and possibly dry humping?) young love birds holding each other tight. During more upbeat songs groups of friends danced in circles and crooned the lyrics to each other as the bopped up and down. I think at one point during the show I turned to the gay (?) guy next to me and we both started singing the lyrics to “When I’m With You” to each other. Haha!

Bethany Cosentino was battling a cold, but nothing in her voice or performance seemed to hint at that. She perfectly sang every song, and even included a cover of Loretta Lynn‘s fiesty tune, “Fist City.”

Best Coast

Now to be fair, I was warned about what was going to happen when Wavves took the stage, but it wasn’t until a girl fell on top of me that I realized how crazy it was going to get. I guess the first sign should have been that one guy that came up right as the show was about to start and started screaming “GET ACTIVE! GET ACTIVE!” directly into my ear as he hoisted his arm up to the sky and the contents of his full beer started to precariously teetered toward the edges of the cup. I really I have to say, Nathan “Your Boy Wavves” Williams and his band totally brought it tonight. The crowd was amped as soon as the beach balls and silly string went flying. What ensued was basically madcap musical mayhem, with people constantly crowd surfing, jumping off railings (and at one point getting shoved off the stage by a bouncer for taking too long to jump off), moshing until their little hearts were content.


Seriously, kids were losing their minds. One poor young man got punched in the face and blood was dripping from his temple across his nose. But did that stop anyone from continuing to go ballistic for the entire set? Absolutely not! Everyone there was 18-22 years old and seemingly had no clue that pain exists or worried that they might in fact crack their heads open. Ah to be young and free, and a little bit stupid! There were a lot of bad decisions happening — fueled by some kind of psychotic teen spirit hysteria. For example — dude who swan dove off the stage when there is a giant empty space in front him? Proooobbabbbly not the best decision. Guy in front of me who sat on the railing and then decided to just fall backwards? Another example of a lapse in decision making at the time.

Personal injury lawsuits aside, it has been a long time since I’ve had so much fun at a show. I want to be 18 years old and just go to Wavves shows like every day for like two months straight. Is that such a bad dream?

Check out this video from tonight’s performance of “Post Acid”:

Also check out some awesome shots that TMA friends Diana Wong took for Bowery Presents House List and Bao Nguyen for Brooklyn Vegan.

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