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Christopher Owens – “It Comes Back To You”

Christopher Owens had an absolutely flawless run as the frontman of the San Francisco band Girls, but he dissolved his band in 2012. And last year, he released the intriguing but spotty solo debut Lysandre. Today, Owens wrote that he’s already made another album with “some friends,” and it would be nice if those friend… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 5, 2014 - 1:42 pm

Download Christopher Owens Lysandre: Acoustic Album

Earlier this year, the former Girls frontman Christopher Owens released Lysandre, his debut solo album. It was a puzzling record, thick on flowery ’70s singer-songwriter production touches, strings and saxophones and such, which sometimes obscured or distracted from the songs he’d written. But now, Owens has released a completely acoustic version of the album. A… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 17, 2013 - 9:06 am

Christopher Owens, Melted Toys @ Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Los Angeles 3/22/13

Modern day troubadour Christopher Owens recently kicked off a tour of the West Coast that stopped by the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. The evening was full of flute, harmonica, saxophone, and the delicate finger-picking of a nylon string guitar as Owens worked through his debut solo album, Lysandre, in its entirety. Owens really… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / March 25, 2013 - 5:39 pm

Christopher Owens – “Here We Go” Video

Lysandre, the debut solo album from former Girls frontman Christopher Owens, is a couple of months old now, and it never set the world on fire. But now that the hey-this-isn’t-Girls disappointment had faded, it works as a perfectly pleasant listen, and the smooth rocker “Here We Go” is one of its highlights. Today, Owe… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 13, 2013 - 12:30 pm

Stream Christopher Owens Lysandre

Next week, the former Girls frontman Christopher Owens releases his debut solo album Lysandre, a narrative concept LP about falling in love with a girl on the first Girls tour. A couple of days ago, I wrote a long thing puzzling out my feelings on the album. And now you can (legally) do the same… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 10, 2013 - 9:53 am

Premature Evaluation: Christopher Owens Lysandre

There’s a moment on his song “Love Is In The Ear Of The Listener” where Christopher Owens, the former Girls frontman, expresses doubt in the plainest way possible: “What if I’m just a bad songwriter, and everything I say has been said before?” Then, not entirely convincingly, he reassures himself: “Well, everything to say ha… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 8, 2013 - 12:30 pm

Christopher Owens – “New York City” (BBC Session)

Former Girls frontman Christopher Owens will release Lysandre, his first-ever solo album, next month, and we’ve already heard opening tracks “Lysandre’s Theme” and “Here We Go.” Earlier today, Owens and his band recorded a two-song session for Lauren Laverne’s show on BBC 6Music, and he took the opportunity to play “New York City,” a jaunty… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 10, 2012 - 12:50 pm

Christopher Owens @ The Lodge, San Francisco 11/9/12

When Christopher Owens took the stage last night at The Lodge in his adopted hometown of San Francisco, it was clear that this was going to be a serious show. For his first performance since leaving Girls, he was dressed in a black suit with a striped green and purple tie and took a seat… More »

By: Alana Levinson / November 10, 2012 - 2:25 pm

Christopher Owens Announces A Few Lysandre Tour Dates

On the heels of the announcement of Lysandre, Christopher Owens announced four dates where he’ll play the entire new record straight through. Scope the dates below. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 29, 2012 - 10:12 am

Christopher Owens Announces Debut Solo Album Lysandre

Earlier this year, Girls frontman Christopher Owens shocked and bummed out the entire indie-music universe when he announced that he was leaving the band. But this morning, we get the extremely welcome news that Owens will return early next year with a new solo album called Lysandre, its title and lyrics largely inspired by a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 25, 2012 - 9:43 am

The End Of Girls, And The Future (And Past) Of Christopher Owens

I knew nothing about Christopher Owens the first time I heard “Hellhole Ratrace” by Girls. It was better that way. I immediately fell in love with the song, a seven-minute downer pop jam that would later appear on the band’s critically acclaimed debut album, Album. It was sad and slow, but celebratory. “I don’t want… More »

By: Liz Pelly / July 3, 2012 - 4:11 pm

Q&A: Girls’ Christopher Owens On Soccer, Euro2012

In the last couple of weeks, I noticed that Girls’ Christopher Owens had been closely monitoring the ongoing European soccer championships, and tweeting a lot about it with a savvy perspective that suggested a wide knowledge and way-above-average appreciation of soccer. Since Christopher spent much of his youth as cargo of a cult, an unusual… More »

By: Corban Goble / June 18, 2012 - 1:39 pm

The 10 Biggest Band Beefs Of 2011

Back in the day, when two artists didn’t like each other, they’d deal with it in relatively low-profile ways: A snippy backstage comment, or a pointed interview comment. Maybe they’d toss in a lyrical jab, the way Lynyrd Skynyrd did toward Neil Young on “Sweet Home Alabama,” but that would be just about it. That’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 29, 2011 - 10:19 am

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 20 Indie Rock Crushes Of 2011

The next stop on the Gummys express is Your Top 20 Indie Rock Crushes Of 2011; ten females, ten males, one Gosling. Hit the gallery to check out the winners of this award, truly the people’s champions when it comes to crushes. Just outside the fray: EMA and Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner for the ladies,… More »

By: Stereogum / December 20, 2011 - 12:24 pm

Girls’ Chris Owens Does Unreleased Stuff, Acoustically

Girls frontman Christopher Owens is a human great-song factory who churns out swoony heartripping nuggets so quickly that he never gets around to recording many of them. About a year ago, the man turned up at a Ryan McGinley photo show and played a quick acoustic set of new songs. One of them, “Saying I… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 1, 2011 - 4:18 pm

Girls’ Chris Owens Disses Lana Del Rey

Last week, internet fight-starter Lana Del Rey performed on the British TV show Later With Jools Holland. And Girls frontman Christopher Owens, another songwriter who translates classic 20th-century American-pop sounds through his own drugged-up and idiosyncratic vision, wasn’t too happy about it. As Pitchfork points out, Owens posted this on Twitter: “I’ve been asking to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 18, 2011 - 9:04 am
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