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Christopher Owens at The New Parish


  • Photo by Annie Thornton

In a span of five years, San Francisco's Girls released two nearly flawless records. Guitarist and lead singer Christopher Owens weaved together classic rock clich├ęs, familiar pop hooks, and straight-forward lyrics into some of the freshest music to come out in the late 2000s. Since he dissolved the band in 2012, he's released three solo records. His first was the sax- and flute-heavy, prog-folk-influenced Lysandre, in 2013. The approach was a little odd for Owens, who seems to excel when simplicity is front and center. With each subsequent album, he's gotten closer to the formula that made Girls so great. He refers to his latest, 2015's Chrissybaby Forever, as a "back to basics" album in which he played all the instruments himself. You might recognize a few melodies by bands such as Blondie, but for Owens, this is a key part of his creative expression. 

Friday, Sep. 1, 9 p.m., $20, $25, 1743 San Pablo Ave., Oakland,