"Jenny Lewis proved that you can be a female singer-songwriter in the brutal, self-lacerating tradition of Liz Phair or Fiona Apple and an avatar for the arts-and-crafty Urban Outfitters set at the same time. Sound familiar? Today the burden of that dichotomy sits most squarely on the shoulders of Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino, an artist openly indebted to the music of Rilo Kiley. When Best Coast’s music began to circulate in 2009 and 2010, it sounded uncannily familiar, like the lovelorn Los Angeles ballads of a girl whose music I’d learned about through Livejournal. It turned out I’d been listening to Cosentino since our respective high school days, when she’d upload acoustic tracks under the name Bethany Sharayah. I liked it because it sounded like Rilo Kiley. ‘When I grow up I know that I will be something special/ And the people will know my face/ And call me by my legal name,’ she sung on one called ‘The War of Copy’, mapping out her own trajectory. Cosentino, I learned, never deleted her Livejournal page, even once she became one of the biggest names in popular indie music, worked with Jon Brion or launched a campaign for Urban Outfitters. There she is, still with a bio that reads, ‘It’s hard to celebrate with a headache,’ still a member of a Rilo Kiley fan community."
— This is a great Rilo Kiley piece by Carrie Battan. (via katherinestasaph)