Entries tagged with: Christopher Owens
by Bill Pearis
Christopher Owens surprised released a new album yesterday. Titled Chrissybaby Forever, it's a little more back-to-basics guitar pop for Owens, who dabbled in country and gospel on his last two albums. (There's also at least one song -- "Me Oh My" -- that shows off Owens' love for Felt.) He told Stereogum:
I was tempted to call this Christopher Owens' Album, because for me it's really about getting back to the basics -- just me playing everything with one other person engineering and producing. It's two heads coming together. In the end I did call in a drummer like we did on Girls' albums to play on a few tracks. I guess the one different thing is that I brought in some friends to sing backup vocals. I wanted them to be amateurs and younger girls and very sweet-sounding. I didn't want gospel-style backup professional vocals. I wanted it to be more like campfire sing-along or something like that.You can stream the whole album below.
Updated tour dates are listed, along with the LP stream, below...
by Bill Pearis
Brooklyn trio EZTV have shared another new song, "Trampoline," from their debut album which will be out July 10 via Captured Tracks. (Pre-orders are available.) Like much of the album, "Trampoline" is very very catchy powerpop that packs a lot of hooks into its three-and-a-half-minute running time. If you like the dB's, Let's Active or other bands who count Big Star as an influence, this is probably up your alley. Stream "Trampoline" and a couple other songs off the album, below.
EZTV are a last-minute add to tonight's 2015 NYC Popfest kickoff show which is at Cake Shop (5/28). They replace UK band Young Romance who couldn't make it. Tonight's lineup includes Souvenir Stand, Wildhoney, Roman a Clef, and headliners Beverly. This writer will be DJing in-between sets and tickets are available. They'll also be opening for Christopher Owens at Mercury Lounge on June 21 (tickets) and then playing with No Joy at Baby's All Right on June 23 (tickets).
You can also catch EZTV at NXNE and they'll be on part of Jacco Gardner's upcoming tour. All dates are listed below...
Onetime Girls frontman Christopher Owens will be touring with his band in June and dates include two NYC shows: Baby's All Right on 6/20 and Mercury Lounge on 6/21. Tickets to both Baby's and Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday (5/1) at noon and there's an AmEx presale for Merc starting Wednesday (4/29) at noon.
Owens' most recent solo album, A New Testament, came out last fall. All tour dates are listed below.
Former Girls frontman Christopher Owens will release his second solo album, A New Testament, next week (9/30) and you can stream the entire album over at Pitchfork Advance. This week, Owens is in NYC to kick off his fall tour with two shows: Highline Ballroom on Tuesday (9/23) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (9/24). Both shows are with onetime Plush frontman Liam Hayes and tickets are still available.
All dates of Owens' tour are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Before they formed Beachwood Sparks and The Tyde, Brent and Darren Rademaker spent a good chunk of the '90s making noise with their band Further. (Not to be confused with Grateful Dead offshoot Furthur.) Having survived life in slick major label band Shadowland in the late '80s, the Rademakers discovered Dinosaur Jr and did a sonic about-face, releasing a string of singles and albums from 1992 - 1996 on labels like Bongload (home of Beck's "Loser") and Creation imprint Ball. (They also actually toured with Dino Jr. which Lou hoped would annoy J Mascis.) All of their discography is out of print but a new compilation titled Where Were You Then? will be out next week (9/2) via Bad Paintings that cherrypicks 13 tracks from their 7" and EP releases. (Order yours.) We're premiering a stream of the whole compilation which you can listen to below.
Meanwhile, the Rademakers will be out with The Tyde opening for Christopher Owens on a few West Coast dates of his fall tour. The Tyde haven't played the East Coast since CMJ 2006. Those dates are listed, along with the Further compilation stream, below..
Deer Tick / Haim / Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
The best performance of the day, however, came courtesy of Haim. This increasingly popular pop-rock trio, which sold out two nights at the Fillmore in San Francisco in April, was absolutely dynamite onstage, roaring through tunes from the 2013 debut "Days Are Gone." The three sisters -- Alana, Danielle and Este Haim -- exhibited far more musical muscle in the live arena than they have in the studio to date. Danielle Haim, in particular, was a marvel to behold, delivering some of the most passionate, mesmerizing guitar work of the festival. [San Jose Mercury News]Day 2 of Outside Lands in Golden Gate park featured plenty of heavyweights. There were sets from Tom Petty, Death Cab for Cutie, Haim, Local Natives, Deer Tick, Dum Dum Girls and many more. We've got pics from many of the awesome Saturday sets in this post. You can check out pics of Day 1 here.
Big Freedia & Valerie June in the Soundwave Tent
We were also set up in the Toyota Soundwave tent, where we invited a few artists to stop by for stripped down sets, Q&As and more, including Big Freedia, Valerie June (both pictured above), The Districts, Deer Tick and others. More pictures from the Soundwave tent, plus many more of day 2's regular sets, below...
Former Girls frontman Christopher Owens will release his second album under his own name on September 30 via the new North American arm of Welsh label Turnstile. It's titled A New Testament, and Owens offers this about it:
It's a testament to honest, earnest, simple songwriting--"three chords and the truth", songs inspired by the fundamentals of American music--Gospel, Country, R&B, picking the songs for this record was exciting enough for me, because they're some of the ones that speak to me the most, of my memories, real life experiences, my battles, my victories. But hearing the record actually take form and come to life was even more exciting than I imagined. The new ground we worked towards--playing with Ed Efira on pedal steel for the first time, all of it was an amazing experience.The first single from the album is "Nothing More Than Everything to Me," and the video for that was released today. Directed by actor Max Minghella (whose late father, Anthony Minghella, directed The English Patient), its a sweet tale of puppy love and you can watch that below.
This album is nothing if not a testament to the power of music, and to the musicians that made it--John Anderson, Darren Weiss, Makeda--who all helped make Father Son Holy Ghost what it is, Danny Eisenberg--who was introduced to me during the sessions for Broken Dreams Club and played again on Father Son Holy Ghost, this is now our third record together, and I think that's what shows.
Owens will be on tour this fall, beginning his trek with two NYC shows: Highline Ballroom on September 23 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 24. Tickets for the MHOW show go on AmEx presale today (7/9) at noon with the general on-sale beginning Friday (7/11) at noon; tickets for the Highline show will be available soon via Ticketweb.
All dates are listed, along with album art, tracklist and new video, below...
Outside Lands Festival returns to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park from August 8 - 10. This year's lineup was just announced and includes Kanye West, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Arctic Monkeys, Death Cab for Cutie, Disclosure, The Flaming Lips, Spoon, Haim, Lykke Li, and more.
Tickets go on sale Thursday (4/10) at 10 AM PDT. Full lineup below...
by Bill Pearis
"yes, this is Gruff Rhys..."
You may remember that Gruff Rhys's American Interior is coming out as an album, book, film and interactive mobile app in May. Gruff just released the title track to this multifaceted project and you can stream it below.
The film version of American Interior will make its U.S. debut at the SXSW with screenings, appropriately, during the film and music portion of the fest, and there's a panel discussion about it too if you've got a badge. SXSW screening dates and showtimes here and the film's trailer is below. Gruff will also be playing shows during SXSW too -- including the official Turnstile Showcase with Cate Le Bon and more -- , so look out for him if you're going to be in Austin that week.
Trailer for American Interior and the stream of its title track below...
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
Those additions include Sam Smith, Schoolboy Q, Little Dragon, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kurt Vile, Mark Kozelek, Chance the Rapper, Bob Mould, Warpaint, Eagulls, Mutual Benefit, Kate Nash, Hundred Waters, Julian Lennon, Isaiah Rashad, Kevin Gates, Weekend, Perfume Genius, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Ab-Soul, THe Fresh and Onlys, Christopher Owens, No Joy, Diane Coffee, Ital, The Pizza Underground and more. More additions are listed below.
SXSW goes down across multiple Austin venues from March 11-16 and includes tons of other previously-announced artists like A$AP Mob, Perfect Pussy, Action Bronson, Ex Hex, La Femme, and many more.
Lineup additions below...
Christopher Owens @ Bowery Ballroom, Jan. 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Christopher Owens is offering up an acoustic version of last year's solo album, Lysandre, available as a free download from his website. You can stream "Part of Me (Lysandre's Epilogue)" below. The album will also be available on limited-edition 10" vinyl which will be released on his UK label, Turnstile, on May 20.
The vinyl version will also be available in North America on the former Girls frontman's upcoming solo acoustic tour, which stops in NYC for two shows at tiny Lower East Side club The Slipper Room on June 15 & 16. Tickets are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
Nude Beach at Bowery Ballroom last week (more by David Andrako)
today in NYC
* Barb Jungr @ Joe's Pub
* Soulive @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Wolfgang Gil @ The Stone
* Alan Bjorklund @ The Stone
* Champagne Jerry @ Joe's Pub
* Matt Bauder @ The Manhattan Inn
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Melting Pot anniversary @ Pianos
* Jason Robinson's Janus Quartet @ Barbes
* The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
* John Nolan (Taking Back Sunday) @ Maxwell's
* Seaven Teares, M. Lamar, Andrew Hock @ Saint Vitus
* Tezeo, Uumans, Candide, Princess Die @ Silent Barn
* Promethean Horde, Prostitution, Forced @ The Acheron
* Bright Light Bright Light, Peter Kirk @ Mercury Lounge
* Nude Beach, Call of the Wild, Tweens, What Next? @ Union Pool
* Kent Odessa, Black Onassis, Pegasus Warning @ Knitting Factory
* The Dardys, Time Travelers & The Electric Band @ Mercury Lounge
* The Better Letters, We Can't Enjoy Ourselves, The Eggs @ Union Hall
* Hammer Hill, Bridget Davis and The Viking Kings @ Pete's Candy Store
* Drunken Pumpkin, Bel Argosy, Battle of the Camel, Heavy Birds @ Cake Shop
* Simons at 60 w/ Gamelan Son of Lion, Lisa Karrer, Denman Maroney, Stephanie Griffin @ Roulette
* Dropkick Murphys, Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun, Old Man Markley, Bryan McPherson @ Terminal 5
* Hollie Wood, Venor, Kennie Dubb, Saidu, Many Miz, Muzik Artillery, Jay Cavalier, Playboy, Quez, Raze, Jimi Noel @ Public Assembly
If you're itching for live music, Union Pool's got a strong line-up with BV faves Nude Beach, Call of the Wild, Cleveland's Tweens, and What Next?.
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Christopher Owens just released the video for "Here We Go" from his first solo album, Lysandre. Watch it below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Christopher Owens @ Bowery Ballroom, 1/22/2013
Christopher Owens played his first of two Bowery Ballroom shows last night (1/21). Playing the bulk of his solo debut, Lysandre, which barely clocks in at a half-hour, the former Girls frontman then came back for a set of covers. Given the '70s AM vibe of his album, his choices seemed pretty appropriate: Cat Stevens' "Wild World," Donavan's "Lalena," Simon & Garfunkle's "The Boxer," The Everly Brothers' "Let it Be Me" and Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right."
Melted Toys opened the night and will do so again with Owens tonight (1/22) and tickets are still available. Pics from Melted Toys set and more of Owens' are below.
Former Girls frontman Christopher Owens releases his solo debut, Lysandre, next week (1/15) via Fat Possum. Going even further in the '70s AM style the second Girls album dabbled in, Lysandre details Owens' time in the band that brought him the spotlight. The New York Times has a feature on him today:
The breakup of Girls drove fervent speculation in the indie world. Mr. Owens said it was simply the result of growing pains and shifting lineups. "Nobody hated each other or anything like that," but success "happened a little too fast," he said. "The band would have survived longer if we would have gone slower."The NY Times is also streaming Lysandre in full, so click here to listen.
(Mr. White, the co-founder of Girls, did not reply to requests for comment.)
With "Lysandre" Mr. Owens tells the story of Girls as he experienced it, from his gritty start -- hustling, guns, "sleeping in the back of a pickup truck," as he sings on "New York City" -- to touring the south of France. Along the way there was a breakup with a boy and a long-distance romance with the Frenchwoman. Mr. Owens said he was "very attracted to women" and didn't seek out relationships with men, but they happened.
Veronica Falls at South Street Seaport in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
UK indie pop outfit Veronica Falls, who are touring in 2013 with great new band Cheatahs, just spoke to us about their ten favorite things of 2012 music, film, and TV-wise. It was singer/guitarist James Hoare, specifically, who sent his list over, and he really likes Girls. He's got the single for "My Ma" by the now-defunct band, the solo album by frontman Christopher Owens (which actually comes out next year, but we'll let it slide), AND the television show of the same name all in his top 10 list. He's also got fellow indie poppers Mac DeMarco and Woods, and reveals his classic rock soft spot by including the new Rolling Stones song.
James' full list is below...
"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)
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.
currently known (update: all announced now dates are listed below...
Christopher Owens has announced details of his first post-Girls solo album. It's called Lysandre and will be out January 15, 2013. The album was conceived, written and recorded as a narrative about Girls' first tour in summer 2008. Owens says the album is "A coming of age story, a road trip story, a love story." You can listen to the album's first two tracks, "Lysandre's Theme" and "Here We Go," below.
Christopher Owens w/ Girls at T5 in January (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Christopher Owens of Girls revealed today in a series of tweets that he will be leaving Girls, the band for which he is pretty much the brains behind, and a band that has experienced enormous success over the past year. The band's publicist confirms the news is true. The tweets read:
1) Dear all, This may come as a surprise to many & has been an issue of much thought for me. My decision was not easy to makeIf it's a case of Christopher not wanting to work with the other bandmembers (aka Chet "JR" White, the only other constant member), at least he's going the Jack White and the White Stripes route and not keeping the band name and replacing everyone like Billy Corgan did with Smashing Pumpkins and James Mercer with The Shins. What do you think?
2) I am leaving Girls. My reasons at this time are personal. I need to do this in order to progress
3) I will continue to write & record music. More will be announced soon. I thank you all for everything. Sincerely-Christopher
The video for "Laura" is below...