Tennessee and California invaded South Florida Tuesday night when Those Darlins and Best Coast brought their varying styles of garage rock downtown to Grand Central.
All photos by Alex Broadwell (see Facebook for more)
The mostly young, female crowd had come primarily to see Best Coast frontwoman Bethany Cosentino, but Nashville-based Those Darlins won them over with their country-tinged bangers and lines like “I’ll bring the pussy, you bring the dick”, in “Funstix Party”. Gold sequin-wearing Jessi Darlin either creepily or adorably stared wide-eyed into the crowd during the band’s jangly guitar solos. They finished with “Be Your Bro”, the friend-zone song that a small section of the crowd had been loudly begging for all night. “I just wanna run and play in the dirt with you, you just wanna stick it in,” lamented Jessi.
As soon as the Best Coast duo of Cosentino and bassist/guitarist Bobb Bruno took the stage, the crowd collectively screamed in anticipation of the fuzzy buzzy summer tunes to follow. One girl repeatedly shrieked “California!” between each of the first few songs. Another held up a sign reading “Bethany, I’m pregnant, it’s yours.” Another held up a cutout of Cosentino’s famous cat, Snacks, wearing a Wavves weed hat.
The set was equal parts old songs and new, with current singles like “The Only Place” coming early and older hits like “Sun Was High (So Was I)” and “When I’m With You” toward the end. At one point Bethany proclaimed Miami the best coast … of the East Coast. She spotted the pregnancy sign midway through the show and seemed genuinely flattered. Some couples made out and seemed to all but disregard the performance, while many folks serenaded their significant others with saccharine love ballads.
After a long encore featuring some whiskey swigging, they closed with the wistful hit “Boyfriend” and said goodnight to the crowd, who they had thanked earlier for “Taking our Miami virginity. It feels good.”
Here are some more photos from the show. To see even more photos, visit the Beached Miami Facebook page.
Alex Broadwell is a North Carolina native, photographer, and video dude who currently lives in Miami. View more of his work at alexbroadwell.virb.com.