Best Coast’s Planned Parenthood benefit concert got a little help from an iconic guest star on Saturday night. Liz Phair emerged during the band’s set at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre to duet on a pair of Phair classics, “Never Said” and “F**k and Run,” as well as Best Coast’s “When I’m With You.” Dressed in a maroon knit top tucked into a pair of gray jeans with calf-high black boots, the perennially youthful-looking Phair told the crowd, “Thanks for putting your money where your mouth is and your bodies where it counts,” before ceding the stage back to Best Coast and frontwoman Bethany Cosentino. “Can I just say that having been able to do that in my life is so cool. You're the coolest,” she said of Phair.
The “Don’t Sit Down” concert, which benefited the women’s health nonprofit, also featured performances by Veruca Salt, Side Eyes, The Regrettes, Lovely Bad Things and MUNA. In addition to the music, the concert hosted a silent auction and offered limited-edition merchandise, with all proceeds benefiting Planned Parenthood.
Cosentino, who helped organize the event, told the Los Angeles Times she’d taken advantage of Planned Parenthood’s services when she was too scared to talk about women’s health issues with her mother and too young to purchase insurance on her own. She has been eager to raise money for the organization, as well as educate women on the benefits of its services, which reach 5 million women, men and youths per year. Phair, whose frank approach to sexuality on her now canonized debut Exile in Guyville, was a perfect addition alongside Cosentino.
“I wouldn’t be the artist I am without musicians like Liz,” Cosentino told the Times, “especially those female musicians when I was a teenager that made me go, ‘Whoa, girls with guitars.’ I only paid attention to boy pop-punk when I was super young, then I got older and realized girls can do it, too.”