When: Thu., Sept. 29, 9 p.m. 2011
Girls followed a simple formula on their 2009 debut, Album—pop structures lifted from golden oldies radio, infused with the sounds of 90s alt-rock and the recent garage revival—but their music nonetheless proved extremely obsession-worthy for the thousands of us who put it on perma-repeat. Front man and songwriter Christopher Owens, an ethereal-seeming dude who grew up in a notorious hippie sex cult called the Children of God, could have used that recipe again for a second LP, and things would have been just fine—actually, I was disappointed that he and the band had strayed from it when I first heard their new Father, Son, Holy Ghost (True Panther Sounds). But all is not lost: "Honey Bunny," which mixes original-flavor Girls with vintage power pop and a heaping helping of Marc Bolan's starry-eyed swagger, has turned out to be one of my favorite cuts of the year. And even though "Die" isn't quite as far up on my favorites list, I do respect that the band not only decided to sound like Budgie for one song, but that they boldly made such a strange number the record's third track. —Miles Raymer Nobunny and Papa open. Girls also play a free in-store at the Broadway Reckless Records at 2 PM.