Girls sprint to the finish line at the 7th St. Entry
Owens spoke few words, content with a quick "thank you" in between each song. Meandering through some new material and low-energy fare like "Headache", the crowd started to wonder where the fireworks were, and the band responded by launching into "Lust for Life", jarring the audience with the early appearance of a song so many were sure would be the big finale and earning a hail of enthusiastic applause in the process. But, now that the energy had returned and the big hit was out of the way, how could the band end on a high note?
After playing a few more album highlights, including tear-jerking renditions of the regretful "Ghost Mouth" and "Laura", Girls offered a stunning closer that meshed together the cathartic ballad "Hellhole Ratrace" and shoegaze homage "Morning Light", prompting a singalong from a rejuvenated audience. While there was a disappointing lack of an encore and the band members seemed tired from their stint on the road, the group was able to pull through when it mattered most, snaring the crowd with a surprising sprint to the finish line and doing their best to ensure that there will be another sold-out crowd waiting for them when they make their return to the Twin Cities. If Girls can continue on their current trajectory, the chance to see them put on an even more impressive show can't come soon enough.
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