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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, 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, All Shook Down The Cast of <i>Glee</i> Covers Icona Pop: Will This Torture Never Cease?

The Cast of Glee Covers Icona Pop: Will This Torture Never Cease?

It's been a while since we complained about Glee. Frankly, we just kind of reached a point where it seemed futile to object in the face of such aggressive perkiness anymore. (That, and the show seems to be helping children…
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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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Culture, The Exhibitionist Girls Season Finale: Meltdowns and Misguided Love Everywhere

Girls Season Finale: Meltdowns and Misguided Love Everywhere

On last night's season finale of Girls, we saw Adam run half-naked through the streets, onto the subway and all the way to Hannah's house, to scoop up his ex-girlfriend in his arms and emotionally rescue her in her time…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Girls</i> Episode 9, Season 2: Tackling Sexual Politics Like No One Before

Girls Episode 9, Season 2: Tackling Sexual Politics Like No One Before

Something really fucking important happened in last night's episode of Girls. Women have been dealing forever with the parameters of rape -- what constitutes it, what validates it, and what makes a rape a rape. The reason date rape happens…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Girls</i> Episode 7, Season 2: Explaining Jessa

Girls Episode 7, Season 2: Explaining Jessa

Tonight, we get a glimpse into why Jessa is Jessa. Of course, it's all down to her goddamn family (isn't it always?). And even ever-self-entitled Hannah can see that the way Jessa is treated by her largely absent dad is…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Girls</i>: Episode 6, Season 2: No Such Thing as Real Jobs

Girls: Episode 6, Season 2: No Such Thing as Real Jobs

Attention, older generations. You know how you hear on CNN all the time that college graduates have no job prospects now? Well, if you want to get a good view of what it's really like out there, just start watching…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Girls</i> Season 2, Episode 5: Bad Outfits and Topless Ping Pong

Girls Season 2, Episode 5: Bad Outfits and Topless Ping Pong

Last night's episode of Girls commenced with Hannah in probably her frumpiest outfit to date -- a deeply unflattering pair of beige short shorts (that crept up her butt) and were attached to a tie-up belly shirt. It was, frankly,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Girls</i> Captures the Best and Worst Extremes of Female Friendship in 30 Minutes

Girls Captures the Best and Worst Extremes of Female Friendship in 30 Minutes

Capturing the intimacy, the trust, and the unconditional love that exists between female best friends is something that television and film has always struggled to do effectively. There is an entire channel, in fact, almost solely dedicated to doing it…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Girls</i>, Episode 3, Season 2: Cocaine Is a Helluva Drug

Girls, Episode 3, Season 2: Cocaine Is a Helluva Drug

Girls finally plunged into drug territory. We could be annoyed at the cavalier use of hard narcotics on television, but, honestly, we're more amused by the fact that a big TV show is pointing out how incredibly stupid cocaine makes…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Girls</i>, Season 2, Episode 2: Even More Awkward Than Usual

Girls, Season 2, Episode 2: Even More Awkward Than Usual

Episode 2 of Season 2 of Girls opens with Elijah confessing to his boyfriend George that he had sex with Marnie last week (for "three pumps ... like, two and a half pumps ... thrusts, whatever!") and subsequently getting dumped.…
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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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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Girls</i> Season 2 Arrives, Flawed but Still Fabulous

Girls Season 2 Arrives, Flawed but Still Fabulous

"I'm sorry I have a boner. It's not for you." And so, Season 2 of Girls begins, exactly as we want it to -- inappropriately. At the end of Season 1, we saw Hannah's gay ex-boyfriend Elijah making plans to…
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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, 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, 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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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>The Newsroom</i> Season Finale Recap

The Newsroom Season Finale Recap

Newsroom finale time, everybody! And we all know what happens in HBO finales! Death (see last season's Boardwalk Empire shocker) and weddings (see the end of Girls' first season), so we're amped for at least one shocker tonight. Since last…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: I'm in My Twenties!

Video of the Day: I'm in My Twenties!

In case you missed this interwebs delight last week, watch this spoof of HBO's Girls. Still feeling all "not yet a girl, not yet a woman" after Season 1? Season Two of Girls will premiere in January.…
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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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