Posted in music | pictures on March 17, 2014

photos by Steven Noreyko, words by Bill Pearis

Julian Casablancas & The Voidz @ Chevrolet Courtyard, SXSW 3/14/2014
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After some secret shows on their way to Austin, The Strokes' Julian Casablancas officially debuted new material and a new band -- The Voidz -- at SXSW, playing a 1 AM headlining set on Friday night (3/14) at the The Chevrolet Courtyard at Cedar Street. I'm pretty sure every Strokes fanatic in Texas was at the show and they were hyped for a chance to see him in a fairly intimate setting.

I am more of a casual fan but I was there. It came after a long day of music -- which started off with our second day party -- and I had hit the wall by the time Casablancas went on. Julian sang hunched over and often with his back to the crowd, vocals in the red the whole time. He played five new songs plus returned to play "Instant Crush," his contribution to Daft Punk's new album, for a demanded encore. What I remember more than the music was that The Voidz looked like they were plucked from a Jersey Shore pizza place circa 1987 -- extra cheese. (Dig the mullet and 'stache on the guitarist.) The was also an old Apple Computer on stage that was rigged up to display random graphics via the soundboard, which tied the whole thing together.

Casablancas and The Voidz have an album on the way -- release date TBA -- and you can watch a teaser video for that (also very '80s) below. After the Cedar St. Couryard show, the Voidz also played Fader Fort on Saturday (3/15) too. NYC can catch The Voidz (and The Strokes) at Governors Ball. You can check out live video from the Chevrolet Coutyard show, plus a few more pics, below.

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Julian Casablancas + The Voidz (Album Preview)

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Comments (20)

Fucking sucks

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 11:40 AM

BV, none of those videos work. What is the point of this?

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 11:52 AM

this is better than what the strokes have been releasing the past few years...

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 11:52 AM

How about posting some videos that actually work?

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 11:58 AM

he looks like a fat rocky balboa. or, rocky balboa circa rocky V.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 12:14 PM

Such a Stokes rip off they should sue

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 12:20 PM

Thank you Julian, without you this blog would not exist.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 12:20 PM

looks like those videos got removed... switched out with one from Courtyard that is (currently) working.

-bill

Posted by bill p | March 17, 2014 12:37 PM

I was expecting better comments than this, come on guys, get with it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 12:46 PM

This guy is an audio abortion.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 12:47 PM

Holy shit... loving the mustache guy. Straight out of Loverboy

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 12:48 PM

"Daddy bought my career. Now I'm going to put out a Cerebral Ballzy album. I am using my riches wisely." Fucking assclown.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 12:48 PM

one day there will be a cult of Comedown Machine. amazing record.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 1:38 PM

Beardo on guitarrrrr

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 1:39 PM

"one day there will be a cult of Comedown Machine. amazing record."

Trying way too hard, guy

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 2:44 PM

Personally I find Julian's solo music lackluster, dull, and void of any originality or soul.

-AHJ

Posted by Albert Hammond Jr. | March 17, 2014 3:07 PM

2:44 your indoctrination has already begun.

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 3:26 PM

is that the limo driver from the wedding singer?

Posted by Anonymous | March 17, 2014 4:08 PM

yo albert suck mah dick

Posted by Julian Casablancas | March 18, 2014 3:42 AM

He didn't perform "Instant Crush" for his encore (even though the last song on the setlist said "Daft?"). He went with "Glass" instead.

Posted by Fariba | March 21, 2014 5:26 PM

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