Beach Boys at Hard Rock Live December 31

The Beach Boys have experienced a kind of resurgence by becoming a reference point for today's most buzzed-about indie acts. For example, Grizzly Bear's super-tight harmonies and layered instrumentals are an obvious throwback to Pet Sounds. But none of the polish and sparkle of the Beach Boys' songs would've been possible without producer, vocalist, and instrumentalist Brian Wilson. So it's a shame the group continues to tour with only two original members — singer Mike Love and guitarist Bruce Johnston — because it's not the same band that influenced Veckatimest. Now, seeing the band live evokes mostly feelings of nostalgia, instead of true appreciation and respect.

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