Madison Square Garden, Manhattan
April 1, 2011
Forget all that you’ve read. Julian Casablancas, Albert Hammond Jr., Nikolai Fraiture, Nick Valensi, and Fabrizio Moretti are boxing in the title fight of a lifetime. Weighing in at (most likely) a collective 800 pounds of unwashed hair, Fender equipment, and general insanity, The Strokes tore Madison Square Garden down to the ground and built it up again. Like a bruised fighter who gets battered for a few bloody rounds only to rise up and win with an impassioned blow, New York’s garage rock kings just sent a massive “Fuck You” to every spiritless critic who has scorned them since their return to the spotlight. The Strokes belong to New York City and we belong to them, with all of our night owls, bar rats, starving artists, and party girls. They make their music for us. The same blood runs through our veins. With that, tonight was as much of a “Thank You” as it was a “Fuck You”. Oh, and Elvis Costello was there, too. Continue reading
Angles – The Strokes
By Ky DiGregorio
What do fine wine, the iPad 2, sushi, and the 1998 remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho all have in common? They’re all just like the new Strokes’ album, Angles, obviously. Like a good red wine and Steve Jobs’ newest toy, some bands get better with age and technical sophistication, but some bands are better in raw form (like sushi) and left alone (like how Psycho should have been). The Strokes are all ends of the spectrum, in some twisted way. The guys have grown up over the past five years, during a hiatus following their third record, First Impressions of Earth, and they seem to be more Married With Children than 24-Hour Party People nowadays. Did it ruin their “sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll” reputation and carefree songwriting, though? Some might argue so, but that’s quite shallow. Angles is exactly what it should be: A follow-up as good as Is This It. Continue reading
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
“Will they? Won’t they? Will they? Won’t they?”
Confusion has been the only thing circulating through the minds of fans of New York rockers The Strokes over the past two years. With denied speculation of possible release dates, numerous delays, and rumored tension between band members, it seemed that a fourth album from the Manhattan hometown rock heroes would never actually come into existence. Until now.
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