After five long years since their last release, The Strokes finally dropped the first single from their fourth album, Angles. For a while, no one thought any new material from these guys would even see the light of day, after numerous delays and the rumored tension in the band. In fact, I don’t think I even believed that I would be hearing new material from them today until I actually pressed the play button (and I’m a huge fan).
The verdict: absence makes the heart grow fonder. For me at least. Continue reading
Indio, California’s Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival has released its official line-up for 2011, the festival’s twelfth year in operation. The three day event, held between April 15th and 17th, will feature performances by Kanye West, The Black Keys, Arcade Fire, Bright Eyes, Death From Above 1979, Mumford & Sons, Ms. Lauryn Hill, and NYC natives The Strokes and Sleigh Bells.
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On January 5th, Lady Gaga joined NYC jazz musician Brian Newman onstage at The Plaza Hotel’s Oak Room in Midtown Manhattan. Newman plays weekly Wednesday night sets at the Oak Room between 9 and 11pm, but this time accompanied for a short time by native New Yorker, pop sensation Lady Gaga. The singer was present in the audience with friends, but took the stage towards 11pm to belt out some old classics. Along with Newman and his band, Lady Gaga performed Nat King Cole’s “Orange Colored Sky” and George Gershwin’s “Someone To Watch Over Me” while acting on her signature performance styles and banter. The crowd consisted of regular Plaza Hotel goers, not her fanbase, but as soon as Lady Gaga took the stage, all cameras and camera phones were out.
While Lady Gaga does not pop up every week at the Oak Room, we highly suggest supporting Brian Newman and checking out his local sets.
Photo courtesy of our lovely friend Maya, who was also present.
Bassist of The Strokes, Nikolai Fraiture, has officially confirmed to BBC’s Radio 1 that the group’s fourth, highly anticipated album will see a March 2011 release. The new and still untitled album, a follow up to 2006′s First Impressions Of Earth, has been delayed multiple times since the start of its production. Fraiture, along with frontman Julian Casablancas, were the first members of The Strokes to announce the completion of the record via their personal twitter accounts, though very few official statements have been released from the band or their label regarding the album. After a long hiatus from recording and live performances, the NYC natives are finally jumping back into things with the fourth album and talks of a “world tour”. But did they ever really leave?