Goodbye Go-Go’s, Hello Vivian Girls

In the past year, the Brooklyn-based trio Vivian Girls have gone from local darlings to playing with Sonic Youth, touring the country and even having the distinction of being an answer to a Jeopardy! question. On Sept. 8, their sophomore effort, Everything Goes Wrong, will be released, and will no doubt garner even more fans of their infectious girly-punk songs.

The new album displays more moody and mature tracks from the group (which consists of the appropriately rocker-named Cassie Ramone, Kickball Katy and Frankie Rose). Songs like “Can’t Get Over You,” “Before I Start To Cry” and “The End” reflect their move toward darker material and subject matter, but others, like “You’re My Guy” and “Walking Alone at Night,” display the qualities that put them on the map in the first place—restless energy, catchy guitar and addictive melodies that will have you getting in touch with your (never truly gone) inner-angsty teen self.

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