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Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino’s sunny vocals were the perfect foil to guitarist extraordinaire, Bobb Bruno, and his rocker tendencies.

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Flying in from Miami earlier that day, Best Coast proved its allegiance to Fader magazine (a sponsor of the event and Cosentino’s big break as an intern) as well its impressive stamina.

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The Lumberyard provided the perfect blend of a basement party with your closest friends and an all-night rave with strobe lights, a blanket of dry ice, and neon signs. The surrounding bike ramps added a unique, covert feel to the action.

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The contrast between Best Coast’s languide pop and Kendrick Lamar’s rap antics led to an esoteric audience. The one thing that they had in common was a quenchless thirst for Vitamin Water.

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Following Best Coast, Kendrick Lamar was welcomed to the stage by a screaming mob and a blanket of raised hands. Dedicated fans traveled from the far reaches of both Oregon and Washington to give a head-nod up to the newly crowned King of the West Coast.

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With newly released collaborations with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, it was no surprise that Lamar wanted to keep the hype train rolling. Thanks to a free-style showdown with a lucky (and talented) Portlander in the crowd, and a surprise duet with Bethany Cosentino as the closing number, Lamar easily won the crowd over.

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With a smaller crowd of under 200 people, Kendrick Lamar easily connected with the audience — passing around refreshments and grabbing hands throughout his entire set.

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