Singer-guitarist Bethany Cosentino’s songwriting, and Li’s as well, are true products of the post-2000 obsession with mp3s and instantaneous music access. Young artists today grew up listening to anything and everything with relatively little distinction between historical time period and genre. As a result,so much new music today is steeped in a head-spinning number of cultural and artistic reference points. For instance, Cosentino’s “Something in the Way” nods directly to both Nirvana’s “Something in the Way” and the Beatles’ “Something” while sonically and lyrically referencing both bands. Best Coast, Lykke Li and openers Fools Gold are all torchbearers for this new generation of hyper-referential musicians.
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