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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 10 Best Late Night TV Performances Of 2011

Our annual list of late night television’s best performances has quickly become an annual exercise in big-upping Jimmy Fallon’s music talent booker. Way to go, person responsible for pointing those Studio 6B HD-cameras at our tag cloud: Bang the Fallon gong (btw, there should be a Fallon gong), a full 70% of this list come… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 22, 2011 - 10:37 am

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 Albums Of 2011

It’s been fun, but now it’s time to wrap up the Gummy Awards with the big final list: your picks for the year’s top 10 albums! And the final result is: You guys more or less agree with us! Every album in your top 10 appeared in our top 50, most of them near the… More »

By: Stereogum / December 21, 2011 - 11:23 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

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 Tracks Of 2011

Today we begin rolling out the results of this year’s Gummy Awards: The only set of lists which are perfectly impervious to comment section backlash as they are voted upon by you, the esteemed Shut Up, Dude/Monsters’ Ball electorate. Up first is 2011’s Top 10 Tracks. The results may shock you! And they may not! More »

By: Stereogum / December 12, 2011 - 12:46 pm

Girls, Papa @ Galaxy Theater, Santa Ana, CA 12/7/11

Recently anointed with the best album of the year, Girls delved deep into Orange County stopping off at the sonically and cosmetically remodeled Galaxy theater. Crowd surfing ensued as the band ran through such staples as “Laura”, “Vomit”, “Honey Bunny”, “Hellhole Ratrace” and “Lust For Life”. Clocking in some major overtime, touring Girls drummer Darre… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / December 8, 2011 - 3:30 pm

Stereogum’s Top 50 Albums Of 2011

2011 was the year music learned to float. Actually, that’s not true at all; music has been reaching for feelings of tidal drift since the first Gregorian monks figured out how to chant, or maybe since the first caveman licked a frog and figured out that his grunts got extra-spacey. But surveying our 2011 to… More »

By: Stereogum / December 5, 2011 - 11:42 am

Watch Girls Play “Love Like A River” For No One

Girls are the latest band to take part in the “For No One” video series, in which artists play their songs for an audience of zero (cameramen not included). In their edition, the San Francisco band plays “Love Like A River,” the great heartbroken love ballad from their new album Father, Son, Holy Ghost. Watch… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 28, 2011 - 5:37 pm

Girls – “Lawrence”

Girls’ lead singer Christopher Owens, who is basically a song factory, announced that his band was readying a single called “Lawrence” last week, and now that track is available to stream. Recorded as a tribute to Felt frontman Lawrence Hayward, Christopher penned a note for the release:

Dear Lawrence,

I wonder… More »

By: Corban Goble / November 8, 2011 - 2:12 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

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

We actually got a ridiculous number of strong, visually striking music videos this week: everything on this week’s list is pretty much must-see. And it does my heart good to see that two of them come from my two favorite albums of 2011 thus far, Past Life Martyred Saints and Father, Son, Holy Ghost. (There’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 23, 2011 - 4:32 pm

Girls – “Honey Bunny” Video

The crowd at the 9:30 Club in D.C. last night pretty much went nuts for the opening surf-guitar sputter of Girls’ souped-up single “Honey Bunny,” a pretty clear sign that they’ve got another “Lust For Life” on their hands here. So it’s great to see that the band has a dizzy, fun, romantic new video… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 20, 2011 - 9:48 am

Watch Girls Nashville Record Store Broadcast

Over the weekend, Girls crammed their entire touring band, including backup singers, into the Nashville record shop Grimey’s to play an in-store set. Video of the show went out live on Ustream, and now the entire six-song, half-hour set is below. The set leans heavily on tracks from the excellent new album Father, Son, HolyMore »

By: Tom Breihan / September 19, 2011 - 9:14 am

Girls Hit Jimmy Fallon

When Girls appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night, they had an organ player and a trio of female backing singers with them. How awesome is that? If any band in indiedom has the arrangements to justify that extra onstage personnel, it’s Girls. I can only hope the backing singers are going out… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 14, 2011 - 9:40 am

Girls – “Love Life”

Girls’ excellent sophomore album Father, Son, Holy Ghost is out tomorrow on True Panther. And now a bonus track from the album’s European edition is making the internet rounds. It’s a starry-eyed chug of a song, and great as it is, it’s easy to hear why it didn’t make it onto the album. With it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 12, 2011 - 10:21 am

FYF Fest 2011 In Photos

FYF Fest, which has had issues with security and crowds in previous years, seems to have moved past those problems and evolved into a healthier, happier festival. Standout sets included Girls, who played heavily from their upcoming Father, Son, Holy Ghost, buzzbuilders Purity Ring and steady, show-those-tikes-how-it’s-done vets like Guided By Voices and the Descendents. More »

By: Corban Goble / September 6, 2011 - 4:40 pm

Girls – “Honey Bunny”

Girls’ forthcoming LP Father, Son, Holy Ghost held up pretty well during last week’s Comment Party and you’ve checked out the video for the band’s epic “Vomit.” One of the album’s more uptempo cuts, “Honey Bunny,” made the rounds today, so head over to NPR to hear the song and read a cool, quick interview… More »

By: Corban Goble / August 23, 2011 - 3:59 pm

Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost Comment Party

There’s a new set of Girls material to rave about. Father, Son, Holy Ghost comes on the heels of the excellent Broken Dreams Club and the hailed debut LP Album, and today’s talks about its beauty isn’t surprising in the wake of “Vomit.” Chris Owens continues traipsing toward an earned seat at the table of… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 17, 2011 - 4:37 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: August 2011

We took last month off from our Monthly Mix series in favor of our midterm flashback/annual summer jams compilation Cruel Summer, which you should grab if you haven’t. But it is a new month — the last one of Summer 2011 — so here’s a filtered recap of the month’s finest free MP3s. Use it… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 9, 2011 - 10:03 am