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After seven years and three albums, Vivian Girls are calling it quits. The band announced its breakup today via a Facebook post, and while Cassie Ramone, “Kickball Katy” Goodman and drummer Ali Koehler are going their separate ways, they’ll bid fans farewell with a pair of shows: one in L.A., the other in their original home base of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Often lumped in with the neo-shoegaze movement that overtook Brooklyn in the late ’00s, the Vivian Girls released their self-titled debut in 2008, by which time they’d already become popular — and polarizing — figures on the NYC scene. They returned in 2009 with ‘Everything Goes Wrong,’ and since dropping ‘Share the Joy’ in 2011, leaders Goodman and Ramone have kept busy with side projects La Sera and the Babies, respectively.

“Brooklyn, New York, March 2007: we started making music together and became what we know as Vivian Girls,” the girls wrote in a statement. “It’s been a long and crazy journey in the seven years since, and we feel as though the time has finally come to let our band rest in peace. It’s been an experience that we’ll look back on and cherish and we’d like to thank you for sharing it with us. We have had such an amazing time being a band, touring the world, releasing records and meeting all of you.”

The first of the farewell shows takes place Feb. 14 at the Church on York in L.A. (tickets available here), and two weeks later, the ladies hit Death by Audio in Brooklyn. Grab tickets for that one here.

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