Born into the extremist Children of God cult before escaping to live on the streets at 16, San Fransisco native Christopher Owens has lived a more interesting life than most. His band, the all-male Girls, and their Elvis Costello/ Beach Boys-loving debut, simply entitled Album, put that life and more on record to devastating effect.
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If Grizzly Bear’s career to date has taught us anything, it’s that even the most worn-out influences (in this case Pet Sounds and Sgt. Pepper’s) can still be re-tooled into thrilling, exotic new shapes by those with sufficient talent and imagination. San Fransisco oddballs...