November 15, 2012


Ex-Girls Frontman Christopher Owens Unveils Tour, Covers Bob Dylan & Cat Stevens

Hannah Johnston
Hannah Johnston

Good news for scorned fans of defunct San Francisco retro rockers Girls: Leader Christopher Owens will release his debut solo album Lysandre early next year, and he just announced a U.S. tour, set to kick off in January. The gigs hit major cities out east, from Chicago to Toronto to New York.

So far only one song from the new album, "Here We Go," has been released online, and it's rife with flute and saxophone. Check it out below. 

Owens debuted live recently with a gig at San Francisco's 300-person venue the Lodge, where he played Lysandre front to back. SPIN reported that the sound evoked '60s/'70s folk and jazz-styled songwriters like James Taylor, and that Owens' band features horns, flute and two background singers in long formal skirts. The songs followed a story arc describing a long affair in France during Girls' first European tour. 

Last night, Owens brought his band to NYC where he also offered covers of Cat Stevens' "Wild World" and Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice." We're still awaiting, very impatiently, for video to hit YouTube... (taps watch... taps watch again...).

Christopher Owens tour dates:

12/7, Lisbon, Portugal - Vodafone Mexefest
12/8, Paris, France - Gaite Lyrique
12/10, London, England - St Giles Church
12/11, London, England - St Giles Church
1/15, Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall 
1/16, Ferndale, MI - Magic Bag
1/18, Toronto, Ontario - The Mod Club
1/19, Montreal, Quebec - Cabaret Du Mile-End
1/21, New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
1/22, New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
1/25, Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
1/26, Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
1/27, Washington, D.C. - 9:30 Club