Guess what, you guys? Bethany Cosentino really likes California. You can see it in her band name. You can read it in interviews, when people ask about her band name. And, thanks to the sunny title track of Best Coast’s most recent album, the polished and pretty The Only Place, you can finally sing along with her civic pride. “Why would you live anywhere else?” she wonders with faux naiveté. “We’ve got the ocean, got the babes, got the sun. We’ve got the Wavves” (as in their San Diego band BFFs). Lucky for her, and for us, the song is some damn catchy guitar-pop — a dash of Rilo Kiley, a spoonful of New Pornographers — upbeat, neat and sweet like Splenda.
Mon., July 16, 8:30 p.m., $18-$20, with Those Darlins, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 877-435-9849, utphilly.com.