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Santigold – “Girls” Video

HBO’s Girls had a huge night last night. Its second season debuted with a pretty great episode. And over on another channel, it also won the Golden Globe for Best TV Show – Comedy, and creator/showrunner/star Lena Dunham took home Best TV Actress – Comedy or Musical, beating out hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 14, 2013 - 12:03 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

Tegan & Sara – “Fool To Cry” (Rolling Stones Cover)

Tegan & Sara have a new album out later this month, the Rolling Stones will probably tour their 50th Anniversary jamboree to pad their 401Ks a bit (which may or may not include a stop at Coachella), and Lena Dunham’s HBO show Girls premieres this weekend. Add all that up and you get the Stones’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 9, 2013 - 9:32 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

In Memoriam: Bands We Lost In 2012

Each September, we recognize 40 new bands we look forward to listening to for years to come. And each December, we salute the veterans who’ve decided to pack up their knives and never ever get back together. This year’s class of quitters includes an anarcho-pop one-hit wonder, a multi-platinum Aussie rock band, and a New… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 26, 2012 - 3:48 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

Santigold – “Girls”

When Santigold contributed a new joint to the soundtrack of the HBO show Girls, she called the song, naturally enough, “Girls.” The song will show up on a collection of music from the show, due out next month, and it’s a quick little synth jam built on voice samples, and it features the closest thing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 10, 2012 - 12:02 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

Papa – “Put Me To Work” (Stereogum Premiere)

Papa is an outfit built around songwriters Daniel Presant and Darren Weiss, a multi-instrumentalist who also served as the drummer for Girls. So it’s somewhat fitting that on the day that ex-Girls frontman Christopher Owens announced his own solo debut Lysandre, Weiss comes through with the rich new single to his own project. It’s called… More »

By: Corban Goble / October 25, 2012 - 1:13 pm

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

Girls – “Forgiveness” (Live On WNYU 7/21/08)

Now that Girls are no more, we probably won’t hear any new songs from them anytime soon. But at least we can sometimes hear new-to-us versions of old songs. True Panther founder Dean Bein recently posted an early acoustic version of “Forgiveness,” a song from Girls’ instant-classic 2011 album Father, Son, Holy Ghost, that the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 23, 2012 - 11:40 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

Christopher Owens Quits Girls

Last we heard from Girls’ Christopher Owens, he was talking to us about Spain’s national soccer team and and the Euro2012 tournament. Today, the Girls’ lead singer and songwriter hit Twitter with some surprising news — that he’s quitting the band he formed with J.R. White. Here’s Owens:… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 2, 2012 - 11:20 am

The 8 Best Music Moments From HBO’s Girls

It sputtered a bit out of the gate — though that widespread sentiment might be the result of the impossibly enormous expectations placed on Lena Dunham’s debut television series — Girls seemingly improved week-in, week-out. Its ten-episode first season concluded last night, so today we’ve picked the show’s best musical moments. While we’ll briefly acknowledge… More »

By: Corban Goble / June 18, 2012 - 4:05 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

Coachella 2012 Weekend 2 In Photos

With their first Coachella 2012 performances a not-quite-distant memory, over the weekend some artists engaged in live collaborations to make for unique experiences in their second fest go-around. John Fogerty joined the Black Keys, Annie Clark of St. Vincent sang with Andrew Bird, and Thom Yorke came out during Modeselektor’s set to perform “Shipwreck.” The… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / April 23, 2012 - 5:49 pm

Watch Girls On Conan

Last night, Girls were the musical guests on Conan, playing “Love Like A River,” one of many standouts from Stereogum’s favorite album of last year, while wearing their finest thrift-store clothes. (Shout out to JR White’s varsity Niners jacket.) Their whole setup, complete with female backup singers and flower bouquets on mic stands, is just… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 19, 2012 - 8:46 am

15 Coachella 2012 Performances Not To Miss

COACHELLA BACK. And, this year, the bacchanalia stretches across two weekends featuring identical lineups, as well as an interim week of non-Coachella shows in L.A., so if you’re looking for live music in your city and there’s none to be had outside of that one bar band that always plays Happy Hour on Tuesdays at… More »

By: Stereogum / April 12, 2012 - 2:21 pm

Girls – “My Ma” Video

Girls’ sophomore album Father, Son, Holy Ghost was our favorite LP of last year, and one of its standouts was “My Ma,” frontman Christopher Owens’s heartsick song for his mother. That song now has a video, directed by Focus Creeps, in which an elderly woman who may or may not be Owens’s actual mother reflect… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 27, 2012 - 10:21 am

Girls Cover Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”

At the Laneway Festival in Singapore this past weekend, Girls frontman Christopher Owens paid tribute to the fallen Whitney Houston by playing a solo version of “I Will Always Love You,” the Dolly Parton song that has belonged almost entirely to Whitney since 1992. Big singalong on this one, naturally, and Owens deserves credit for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 13, 2012 - 12:59 pm