Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino touts new tunes, vintage clothes 

click to enlarge Calm and centered: Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast has adjusted to her relatively recent fame. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Calm and centered: Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast has adjusted to her relatively recent fame.

Two years ago, when couch-surfing Californian Bethany Cosentino released “Crazy for You” — the reverb-drenched debut of Best Coast, her band with guitarist Bobb Bruno — she had no idea it would catch on all over the world, or that her fame would extend to her pet cat Snacks (featured on the album cover), who has more than 9,800 followers on Twitter. Today, she even has her own clothing line for Urban Outfitters, inspired by vintage thrift store items she has collected on tour. She is getting serious with a new sophomore CD “The Only Place,” produced by the legendary Jon Brion, who mixed her voice upfront on tunes such as “My Life,” “Better Girl” and “Let’s Go Home.”

How is Snacks? Do fans send him gifts? And has it all gone to his furry little head? He’s fine. Yes, he gets gifts. And no, I don’t think the cat understands that people even know who he is.

How did you get such a great Urban Outfitters hookup? It was just something I was randomly approached with, and it was one of those moments where you have to stop and pinch yourself and be like, “Is my life even real?” I love fashion, so this was a huge honor to get to do a clothing line. And it was inspired by myself, the things I wear, but also by people who inspire me — Stevie Nicks being a huge influence — and pop culture stuff from the ’90s that I grew up with, like the movie “Clueless” and “The Craft” and “My So-Called Life.”

This album sounds like you really missed the stability of home life. Did touring nearly destroy you? It definitely took its toll on me, and caused me to feel a little crazy at times. I just wasn’t slowing down, everything was moving so fast, and I spent such a small amount of time at home, around my friends and family, I started to lose myself in it all. It was a good thing, though, because it inspired an entire record.

How have you matured throughout everything that has happened? I feel like I’ve just learned to cope better. With stress, with criticism, with homesickness, with everything. Now I’m a lot calmer and centered and I just have a better grasp of who I am as a person.

How did Jon Brion change your sound, your approach? He didn’t change us at all, he just enhanced us. He took us from black and white to color. He took our songs and he gave them life.

So home is “The Only Place”? Like David Byrne once said, “Home is where I want to be.”

Best Coast

Where: Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Tickets: $25

Contact: (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

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