Video of the Day: Girls, SXSW Edition

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SXSW serves up a variety of special performances in special venues each year, and this year is no different.  From BBQ joints, to cinemas, to rooftops, to churches; there are no shortage of non-traditional venues.  To wit: this evening will find Fiona Apple at Central Presbyterian Church, and the San Francisco band Girls is playing at a BBQ joint, (and a pretty awesome one at that), Stubbs.

But what if it was Girls, not that bad bad girl, performing in a church environment and throwing down their unique “Free Bird” meets modernity vibe, (see the 4:35 mark of their song, “Vomit”)?  Here’s a special performance from an abandoned Brooklyn church with Christopher Owens rocking his Rickenbacker and looking like a cross between Kurt Cobain and Jeff Buckley, on vacation.

Unfortunately we don’t have any footage of Fiona Apple at a BBQ joint, but if she still looks as heroin chic as she did when she approached me at an inaugural ball a few years back and asked if I was “holding,” she could use a pound or two of brisket. And maybe a beef rib as well. With a side of mac and cheese.  Seriously…if she’s (tragically) still that thin…someone get that girl a cheeseburger and directions to rehab.


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Behrnsie has a love for music that dare not speak its name. He attends many shows and can often be found counting out the beats for no discernible reason. He played alto saxophone in his middle school jazz band, where he was best known for infuriating his instructor when it was revealed that he played everything by ear, and could not in fact read music. He takes great pride that this is the same talent/affliction that got Tori Amos kicked out of the Peabody Academy. He does not live in his parents’ basement….except during the holidays.