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Best Coast Ask ‘Do You Love Me Liked You Used To?’ on ‘Conan’

Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno play another 'The Only Place' heart-wringer

picture-18576-1373300776Marc Hogan // September 6, 2012

Best Coast have taken rhyming “fun” and “sun” to a reckless new plane of use, but the Southern California beach-poppers get away with it partly because those simple, innocent-seeming words tend to mask country-diva levels of kitchen-sink misery. Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno were at it again last night on Conan, giving a performance of “Do You Love Me Like You Used To?,” one of the most nakedly vulnerable songs on this year’s The Only Place, in a forceful rendition that was mostly faithful to the album. “Do you, do you, do you?” Cosentino repeated. Yes, we still do, and although we wish her all the happiness in the world, we’re selfishly glad to hear a bit more of her biblically (“Lord please forgive me for my sins”) dramatic anguish.