Show of the Day: Girls at Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa

Few acts have created as much buzz in recent months as San Francisco's Girls. Their debut disc, simply titled Album, has garnered rave reviews in publications ranging from Pitchfork (a whopping 9.1) to New York Times ("Album is one of the year's most bracing pop releases, and one of the best..") to Rolling Stone (3.5 stars).

Although much has been made of front man Christopher Owens

disturbing backstory and penchant for drugs

, its Girls music, a brilliant distillation of classic pop sounds buoyed by candid, clever lyrics about self discovery, that makes them so intriguing and this show one of the most important to come through Orange County this year.

Girls at Detroit Bar, 843 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, (949) 642-0600; Mon., 8 p.m. $12. 21+.

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