Posted in music | tour dates on November 15, 2012

"Just saw Christopher Owens solo show at Le Poisson Rouge. A solid 100 on the Earnestness Scale. So many feelings were felt." - Jason Persse

Christopher Owens @ Le Poisson Rouge - 11/14/12 (via We All Want Someone)
Christopher Owens

Owens played mostly sitting in his chair, swimming in his professorial, pleated suit, pleading for the attention of an audience that was all too willing to give it. The album's songs, in total, lasted only about half an hour, followed by maybe twenty minutes of covers. All of it was good. The new band he has assembled, thankfully, is just as good as (and, for the most part, the same as) the guys who backed him in Girls. [Shane Barnes]
Ex-Girls frontman Christopher Owens played a last minute show in NYC last night (11/14) at Le Poisson Rouge, one of a few shows in advance of his upcoming solo album, Lysandre, which is due out on January 15 via Fat Possum. During the covers portion of his set, he performed tracks by Donovan, The Everly Brothers, Simon and Garfunkel, and Cat Stevens. What did you think?

Christopher Owens will be going on a larger tour surrounding the album's release which includes two more NYC shows. He'll play Bowery Ballroom on January 21 and 22. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (11/16) at noon.

All currently known (update: all announced now dates are listed below...

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Christopher Owens -- 2012/2013 Tour Dates
12/07 Lisbon, Portugal Vodafone Mexefest
12/08 Paris, France Gaite Lyrique
12/10 London, UK St Giles Church
January 15 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
January 16 Ferndale, MI Magic Bag
January 18 Toronto, ON The Mod Club
January 19 Montreal, QC Cabaret Du Mile-End
January 21 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
January 22 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
January 25 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
January 26 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
January 27 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

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Comments (29)

"The new band he has assembled, thankfully, is just as good as (and, for the most part, the same as) the guys who backed him in Girls."

Except missing is the other main dude in Girls, gotta wonder what the beef is between them that broke up that band was.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 11:10 AM

Absolutely phenomenal show. One of the best I've seen in a while.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 11:11 AM

""Just saw Christopher Owens solo show at Le Poisson Rouge. A solid 100 on the Earnestness Scale. So many feelings were felt." - Jason Persse"

What. The. Fuck. You call yourself a man? Grow some balls

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 11:20 AM

@anon 11:10

I bet he had some chief beef to queef.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 11:25 AM

Easily the best show of the year.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 11:31 AM

Agreed! Such an amazing night. If you weren't there you missed out.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 11:40 AM

"So many feelings were felt."

Literally the worst thing I've ever read.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 11:57 AM

So many feelings were felt.


lulz

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 12:06 PM

That is a stupid thing to say about feelings being felt. But I agree that Owens is genuine, talented and able to express all of it sensitively. Album is gonna be good.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 12:10 PM

It only took three sentences for me to completely despise Jason Persse. What an herb.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 12:16 PM

He may be talented but I do have to laugh as well as the dumb ones above saying amazing show and easily best show of the year.

1-You are guys that are most certainly gay not that there's anything wrong with it.

2-You have not been to many shows this year

3-You are idiots


Had a friend who went last night, who loved Girls, and said this was sort of a joke show. Not even close to what this guy did in Girls.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 12:17 PM

Jason Persse has no penis.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 12:22 PM

Interesting thing about the "not that there's anything wrong with that" statement I've always wondered about.... If there's really nothing wrong with it to you, then why slap the gay label around in the first place?

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 12:41 PM

"If there's really nothing wrong with it to you, then why slap the gay label around in the first place?"

Because it is true. Rightly calling someone gay is perfectly acceptable just as someone calling me straight is. Be gay and proud.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 12:47 PM

I wasn't making fun of Jason Persse for being gay, I was making fun of him for being a twee histrionic dork.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 12:52 PM

Both Jason Persse and Christopher Owens are losers.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 1:05 PM

Can someone explain the appeal of this guy's songs? No hooks, no melody, thin voice, boring.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 1:45 PM

Dude played 'Wild World' by Cat Stevens - probably one of the cheesiest songs ever - and the hipsters ate it up. Made me sad.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 2:11 PM

Probably gonna regret this, but...

For the record, I was being ironic. The show was a self-indulgent twee nightmare (@2:11 isn't lying: Dude 100% covered "Wild World" by Cat Stevens. That happened.).

Kinda surprised that "a 100 on the Earnestness Scale" struck anyone as genuine.

Posted by Jason Persse | November 15, 2012 3:01 PM

^ Maybe because you don't really have a clue what irony is or how to properly express it.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 3:14 PM

I dont' know what you're talking about. Wild World is an awesome song. I'm 100% serious about that.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 3:37 PM

Would it be less sad if he played Wild World by The Birthday Party?

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 3:44 PM

Jason Persse needs to step up his irony game.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 4:00 PM

I found this earnest cat stevens copycat paired perfectly with my ordered phyto-nutrients. Delectable!

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 4:48 PM

new york's alright if you like saxaphones

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2012 5:36 PM

New York's alright if you like tuberculosis!
New York's alright if you like art and jazz!

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2012 3:22 AM

New York's alright if you wanna be pushed in front of a subway.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2012 9:49 AM

this show was pretty bad (for the record)...all of the songs sounded the same (because not only were they mostly all in the same KEY), but because they all contained refrains of particular melodies...


it was a sad excuse at songwriting. ideas weren't build upon strongly enough.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2012 11:19 AM

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