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Music, All Shook Down Christopher Owens Releases Surprise Album <i>Chrissybaby Forever</i>

Christopher Owens Releases Surprise Album Chrissybaby Forever

Former Girls frontman and songwriter Christopher Owens released the song “Selfish Feelings,” via a tweet last week, saying the track was off a "forthcoming album." Yesterday he surprise-released that album, titled Chrissybaby Forever. The 16-track solo album, recorded in San Francisco…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds gave a two-hour demonstration of superhuman abilities at the Warfield last week. Cantlievered out over the crowd as if walking on air, Cave showed a total, almost terrifying command of his rakish torso…
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Music, All Shook Down Christopher Owens Goes Country-Pop in "Nothing More Than Everything To Me"

Christopher Owens Goes Country-Pop in "Nothing More Than Everything To Me"

At last, today brings a first taste of Christopher Owens' post-Lysandre, post-end-of-Girls music. Given that Owens' initial release after the breakup of the San Francisco indie pop band was too safe and too short to feel like a proper restart,…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle Anyone looking to get an Outkast fix should look to Treasure Island Music Festival, where the Atlanta rap duo is headlining along with Brit beat-hounds Massive Attack. The rest of the lineup looks solid, too, with TV on the…
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Music, All Shook Down Stanley Marsh 3, Artist Who Mentored Christopher Owens, Dies at 76

Stanley Marsh 3, Artist Who Mentored Christopher Owens, Dies at 76

As has been discussed many times, Christopher Owens, formerly of Girls and now a well-known San Francisco solo artist, had an unusual upbringing. His parents were members of the Jesus cult known as the Children of God, and traveled all…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Links: Free Burger Records Show at Thee Parkside Saturday

Music Links: Free Burger Records Show at Thee Parkside Saturday

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Music, All Shook Down Music Links: Happy Birthday E-40, Music for Medicine at the O+ Festival, and More

Music Links: Happy Birthday E-40, Music for Medicine at the O+ Festival, and More

At San Francisco's first O+ festival this weekend, musicians and visual arts…
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Music, All Shook Down J.R. White's First Post-Girls Interview: "I Do Have Some Animosity Over How It Ended"

J.R. White's First Post-Girls Interview: "I Do Have Some Animosity Over How It Ended"

The only former member of Girls who has talked about the end of the band is singer-songwriter Christopher Owens. Until now. Over at Paste, writer Philip Cosores has a long, hard-won interview with Chet "J.R." White, the bassist/producer half of…
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Music, All Shook Down Christopher Owens' <i>Lysandre</i>: A Love Story With Too Many Assurances

Christopher Owens' Lysandre: A Love Story With Too Many Assurances

As the singer and songwriter of the S.F. rock band Girls, Christopher Owens often seemed to teeter on the edge of an abyss. Songs like "Laura" and "Hellhole Ratrace" are propelled forward by their desperate yearning, by the sense that…
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Music, All Shook Down Why Did Christopher Owens Leave Girls? Too Many People

Why Did Christopher Owens Leave Girls? Too Many People

Many of us were quite surprised earlier this year when Christopher Owens, frontman of the acclaimed S.F. band Girls, suddenly announced his departure. After laying low for a while (and doing some modeling!), Owens is back with a new solo…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Former Girls singer Christopher Owens debuted his new solo album, Lysandre, at an intimate show in S.F. The album finds Owens more mature and subdued, his baroque folk-pop tunes trading off with a few uptempo rockers. There's also…
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Music, All Shook Down Christopher Owens Debuts Solo Album <i>Lysandre</i> at the Lodge, 11/9/12

Christopher Owens Debuts Solo Album Lysandre at the Lodge, 11/9/12

Christopher Owens Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 The Lodge In his first public performance since leaving the celebrated local rock band Girls, Christopher Owens debuted his new solo album, Lysandre, at an intimate, sold-out, and very brief show in San Francisco…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • Just when you thought festival season had ended, Live 105 announced a two-day Not So Silent Night concert with Jack White, the Killers, M83, the Shins, Passion Pit, and more. It goes down Dec. 7 and 8 at…
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Music, All Shook Down Christopher Owens Announces Solo Album With the Lovely "Here We Go"

Christopher Owens Announces Solo Album With the Lovely "Here We Go"

Update, 10/29/12: Owens has announced a series of four solo shows, the first here in S.F. on Nov. 9, where he'll be playing the new album in full to a small live audience. The S.F. show at the Regency will…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • We went to Avicii's sold-out party at Bill Graham, and came away understanding why electronic dance music is blowing up in America: It's more fun, more consistent, and more all-consuming as a live experience than anything else right…
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Music, All Shook Down Girls Are Over: Key Moments in the Career of One of S.F.'s Best Indie Rock Bands

Girls Are Over: Key Moments in the Career of One of S.F.'s Best Indie Rock Bands

Yesterday, Girls singer-songwriter Christopher Owens announced that he was leaving the band, apparently to make music on his own. "My reasons at this time are personal," he wrote on Twitter. "I need to do this in order to progress." We…
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Music, All Shook Down Girls' Christopher Owens Says He's Leaving the Band

Girls' Christopher Owens Says He's Leaving the Band

In a string of Tweets this morning, Girls singer Christopher Owens announced that he's leaving the band he started with bassist and producer J.R. White, apparently bringing to an end one of San Francisco's most fruitful indie rock partnerships.…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle • S.F.'s Girls brought the national tour supporting their new album home to Great American Music Hall, dazzling a sold-out house with muscular rock tunes fronted by the vulnerable, compelling Christopher Owens. With three backup singers and plenty of…
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Music, All Shook Down Girls' "Vomit" Video: A Haunting Tour of S.F. in a Cherry-Red Mustang

Girls' "Vomit" Video: A Haunting Tour of S.F. in a Cherry-Red Mustang

Who knew that Girls' Christopher Owens and J.R. White were gearheads? Not us: We were surprised as all hell to find that the the band's clip for "Vomit" -- the epic first single off its upcoming album -- is…
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Music, All Shook Down Download Girls' 'Heartbreaker,' from Its Upcoming <i>Broken Dreams Club</i> EP

Download Girls' 'Heartbreaker,' from Its Upcoming Broken Dreams Club EP

Here, then, is the new material about which Girls' Christopher Owens warned us: A more shiny, polished, but still damaged-as-hell take on vintage pop, aka "Heartbreaker." It's the first song from Broken Dreams Club, a new six-song EP from Girls…
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