AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 15:  Musicians Christopher Owens and Chet JR White of Girls perform onstage during the High Road Showcase
Rita Quinn

Total heartbreaker: My favorite band has apparently called it quits. Christopher Owens, frontman for San Francisco rockers Girls—SPIN's 2009 Best New Band; geniuses behind arguably 2011's best album with Father, Son, Holy Ghost; all-around amazing live band—has left the group. Owens, the band's co-founder with bassist JR White, took to Twitter to announce his departure: 

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 make
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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 make
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2) I am leaving Girls. My reasons at this time are personal. I need to do this in order to progress
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2) I am leaving Girls. My reasons at this time are personal. I need to do this in order to progress
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3) I will continue to write & record music. More will be announced soon. I thank you all for everything. Sincerely–Christopher
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3) I will continue to write & record music. More will be announced soon. I thank you all for everything. Sincerely–Christopher
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Oooof. That sucks. No word yet if White will continue Girls without Owens, but I don't imagine it'll happen—Owens and his twisted, druggy lovelorn ballads are the band's fingerprint. But at least Owens is promising new music. He's long said he'd record an album of country tunes, so maybe that's next. Fingers crossed. Below, a tribute to Girls with the songs and videos I've obsessed over in recent years...