Entries tagged with: The Strokes
by Bill Pearis
Albert Hammond Jr's new solo album, Momentary Masters, is out this Friday (7/31). There's an almost Foals-like math-iness to some of it, and while still very hooky, it's definitely different territory for the Strokes guitarist. You can stream the whole thing right now, below.
Hammond has expanded his upcoming tour, including a second night at Bowery Ballroom on September 22. Tickets to that newly added show go on sale Friday (7/31) with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (7/29) at noon. You can still get tickets to his 9/21 Bowery show as well.
All tour dates, which include this weekend's Lollapalooza fest in Chicago, are listed below.
One of the premier music festivals in the world, the 2015 edition of Primavera Sound is just underway in Barcelona, Spain. If you can't make it, they're streaming many of the fest's performances live via two video channels on their website and below. Today's sets (5/28) you can watch include James Blake, OMD, Spiritualized, The Thurston Moore Band, Mikal Cronin, Baxter Dury and more. The fest's streaming schedule is listed below.
Meanwhile, WFMU will be broadcasting performances live on Friday (5/29) and Saturday (5/30) from 3PM to midnight. WFMU's broadcast schedule, below...
by Bill Pearis
Albert Hammond Jr is back with his third solo album, Momentary Masters, which will be out July 31 via Vagrant. Here's what the Strokes guitarist says about it:
I feel like the best songs I've written, as soon as I was done, I was like, "Oh my God, I did it!' But in that split second that it comes, that feeling goes. It's the same thing when you find complete happiness, you find this complete low. I feel like that's what being creative is: It's you bouncing with emotion and what you capture in those bounces. Accept where you are and use it.The first single is "Born Slippy" which, somehow, is not an Underworld cover. (I'm not sure whether I'm relieved or disappointed that it's not.) You can stream it below.
Apart from an appearance at Spain's Primavera Sound Festival this month, AHJ will be laying low till the fall when he and his band will be touring, including NYC at Bowery Ballroom on September 21. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/15) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (5/13) at noon.
photo: ACL 2014 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
The Austin City Limits festival returns to Zilker Park from October 2-4 and October 9-11, and though the lineup wasn't supposed to be announced until this Tuesday, Austin 360 points out that the festival's website leaked it early. The posting was quickly taken down, but not before 365 Things Austin could screenshot it. It was accurate and the ACL 2015 includes Foo Fighters, Drake, The Strokes, The Weeknd, Disclosure, Deadmau5, Bassnectar, Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men, Tame Impala, Sturgill Simpson, The Decemberists, Brand New, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Billy Idol, Chance the Rapper, Father John Misty, Brandon Flowers, Run the Jewels, Sylvan Esso, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Florence + the Machine, Modest Mouse and more.
Check out the full lineup below. Tickets go on sale Tuesday (5/5) at 10 AM CDT.
Tennessee Thomas of oughts-era LA band, The Like, has formed a new group called Summer Moon that features Nikolai Fraiture of The Strokes, Erika Forster of Au Revoir Simone, and Lewis Lazar. The band made their first live appearance with a short set at Baby's All Right in December as one of the surprise guests at the David Lynch Foundation benefit with Budos Band and Jonathan Toubin. That show, which was also Thomas' 30th birthday party, featured a short set from Suzanne Vega with Dev Hynes and Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas (who is also Tennessee's dad). Anybody catch that show? The Examiner was there, saying Summer Moon's "sound is harder than the melodic pop of both Strokes and Like, with Tennessee Thomas giving it jet propulsion."
Summer Moon have a website, plus all the relevant socials, but no music up to hear yet. You can see them live, though, this Saturday (2/28) at Baby's All Right when they open for Sean Lennon's Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, a show that also features Invisible Familiars and Tall Tall Trees. That's sold out. Much further out, Summer Moon also open the Father John Misty and Angel Olsen show at Central Park Summerstage on August 5 and tickets are still available for that. They'll also be at SXSW.
The 2015 Primavera Sound Festival goes down in Barcelona, Spain from May 28 - 30. We knew The Strokes and recently reunited shoegazers Ride were playing and now the line-up is being announced via the festival's mobile app, which is a not-so fun 8-bit game you have to play to reveal names. The whole lineup is in the poster above and includes The Replacements, James Blake, Sleater-Kinney (who apparently are playing festivals after all) Patti Smith performing Horses, Spiritualized, Interpol, Antony & the Johnsons, OMD, Mineral, Brand New, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, Sleaford Mods, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, The Black Keys, New Pornographers, Jose Gonzalez, Shabazz Palaces, Kevin Morby, Ought, Disappears, Pharmakon, Baxter Dury, Death From Above 1979, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, Swans, Iceage, the Juan MacLean, Dan Deacon, Viet Cong, Sun Kil Moon, Antony, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fucked Up, Kelela, Ariel Pink, Voivod, Electric Wizard, Mikal Cronin, alt-J, Sunn O))), the Thurston Moore Band, Underworld (performing dubnobasswithmyheadman), Pallbearer, Tobias Jesso Jr., American Football, Jon Hopkins, DIIV, Caribou, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, HEALTH, Babes in Toyland, Thee Oh Sees, Single Mothers, Ex Hex, Shellac and Twerps. Full line-up is below.
As discussed, The B-52's co-founder/singer Kate Pierson is releasing her first solo album, Guitars and Microphones, on February 17 via Lazy Meadow/Kobalt. We mentioned that The Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi appears on the album, and one of his contributions is the Strokesy guitar riffage he provides to new single "Bottoms Up," which just premiered over at Noisey. Listen below.
Song stream below...
We're officially in Music Festival Announcement Season, and the latest one is Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival, happening May 8-10. This year includes The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Tame Impala, Brand New, Mastodon, Neutral Milk Hotel (supposedly one of your last chances to see them for a while), Interpol, Flogging Molly, TV on the Radio, Manchester Orchestra, James Blake, Death from Above 1979, Dr. Dog, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football, Clutch, Black Lips, The Mountain Goats, Best Coast, Real Estate, Wavves, Built to Spill, The Both, Mac DeMarco, Minus the Bear, Old 97's, FIDLAR, METZ, THe Bronx, Speedy Ortiz, Palma Violets, VIet Cong, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full initial lineup (even more TBA) below...
The above photo of an alleged 2015 Primavera Sound music festival lineup is making the rounds. It claims Aphex Twin, who announced a new EP today, will finally take the stage again along with an amazing list of performers. If it's fake, which it probably is, it's a great fake because artist count and "Sleafor Mods" typo aside, it's somewhat believable and would be awesome. Most awesome of all would be the part that says "Cocteau Twins" who broke up in 1997 and haven't been heard from again (though they almost reunited in 2005 but then cancelled it).
Curious, we reached out to Cocteau Twins bassist Simon Raymonde for an answer. We were hoping of course that he would come back and tell us it was true, or that he couldn't comment. We expected him to just flat out deny it. What we got was sort of none of that. Here's what he said:
Simon Raymonde to BrooklynVegan:Note that he hasn't actually denied it.... Fingers crossed!
Really? I'm in the studio producing an album with The Duke Spirit at the moment so not looking at my phone much I'm afraid so I've managed to avoid this particular rumour so far!
There can't be many more bands left to reform can there, so I guess we are ripe for these kinda spoofs? I recently freaked out when I got an alert from my Bandsintown app telling me "Talking Heads are playing soon". It was sadly just a poetry night with the band name as the subtitle for the evening's entertainment. Crushing disappointment. So I can only imagine the potential anxiety level for our lovely loyal fans who will always yearn for our reunion even though they all understand it is as unlikely as a veteran Michael Gira performing a nightly residency at The Aladdin in Las Vegas. (A few of us might pay to see that though!)
Meanwhile, Primavera Sound (which happens May 28-30 in Barcelona) has confirmed that both Ride and The Strokes will be playing. We'll have to wait for the official announcement to find out who else on that poster will really be there.
Simon Raymonde, who continues to run the label Bella Union that he co-founded with Robin Guthrie, released his own music as Snowbird in 2014.
The B-52's are still an active band, but now one of the founding members/vocalists Kate Pierson will also be taking the solo route for the first time. Her debut album, Guitars and Microphones, is due out February 17 via Lazy Meadow/Kobalt, and the Fred Armisen-starring video for "Mister Sister" is out now (dir. Monica Coleman). Sia executive produced the album and co-wrote some if too, and The Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi played it on as well.
All dates are listed, with the new Kate Pierson video and LP tracklist, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Julian / Blood Orange (via Jeanette Diaz)
Julian Casablancas + The Voidz brought their tour to the Strokes frontman's former hometown of NYC at Hammerstein Ballroom last night (11/25) in support of their zany debut album, Tyranny. While Julian's most known (and most loved) for his Velvet Underground/Television-inspired leather jacket rockers, and has since also ventured into synth pop and new wave, his new album with The Voidz has him making weirdo out-there psychedelic pop that has more in common with Ariel Pink than Lou Reed. They played most of the album, but did dip into Julian's solo career for "River of Brakelights" and into The Strokes' catalog for two off 2005's First Impressions of Earth, "Ize of the World" and "You Only Live Once," the latter of which saw Dev Hynes joining the band on vocals (video below).
Dev also opened the show with his Blood Orange project, and was sporting a shirt emblazoned with "BLACK LIVES MATTER," the hashtag that's been trending since the Ferguson case ruling was announced. Julian mentioned Ferguson on stage too, and after the show Dev took to Twitter to reflect:
Tonight I got to sing with a hero onstage in the city I love on a day I woke up alive and well. This is luck. It's all luck. We are told that our lives don't matter. Daily. Not just in situations like this that bring it to light. Let's look after ourselves. Let's look after each other. We are all we have and we have to stand up for ourselves & our neighbors. All lives matter. DO NOT FORGET. I know some of you feel this deep sadness. Like a fist pushing you down. Others may just feel bummed out for a day, but to those who have lived with this constant scrutiny & lack of importance in these eyes of others, it's more than a news story to us. Keep that in mind.Shabazz Palaces, who have been on tour with Julian, played after Blood Orange, adding a dose of hip hop to the bill. They've also got a new album to support, and mixed stuff off that with stuff off their 2011 debut Black Up. Shabazz also joined Julian as guest musicians on "Father Electricity" during his set, but SP's Ishmael Butler didn't take over on lead vocals this time like he did in Montreal.
Unfortunately our photographer missed the openers, but more pictures of The Voidz, plus video of the Julian/Dev collab, a few other Voidz videos and their setlist, below...
Julian Casablancas @ Shea Stadium (via thedirtygrand)
Blood Orange @ Shea Stadium (via noahisawesome)
As predicted, Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas played a secret show with his new band The Voidz at cozy Brooklyn DIY joint Shea Stadium tonight (9/22). They were billed as "Rawk Hawks", and played after "Naranja Bausch" who ended up being Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange who played new songs (Naranja is Spanish for Orange). Big Ups, not a secret at all, opened the Monday night show.
Did you get in? Julian's friend and labelmate Har Mar Superstar did. How was the show?
Julian tours bigger venues in October.
Brooklyn's Big Ups, who headlined local DIY venue Shea Stadium earlier this month (9/4), will return to the venue on Monday, September 22 as an opener for "Naranja Bausch" from Brooklyn and headliners "Rawk Hawks" from New York, NY. There don't actually appear to be bands called "Rawk Hawk" from New York or "Naranja Bausch" from Brooklyn, but Rawk Hawks was one of the fake song titles from the leaked tracklist for Julian Casablancas + The Voidz's new album which comes out this week (9/23). Cult Records, the label Julian owns, favorited Shea's tweet advertising the show, and Big Ups retweeted this person saying, "Seeing @wearebigups on Monday w/ @cultrecords at @sheastadiumbk" (Cult favorited that one too). Hmmm...
We're not sure who "Naranja Bausch" is (Mr. Twin Sister? Cerebral Ballzy? Har Mar Superstar?). Any ideas? Most Shea shows don't have advance tickets, but tickets are on sale now for this one.
As you may know, Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas is releasing an album with his band The Voidz, Tyranny, on September 23 via his own Cult Records. He's now revealed the video for its single "Where No Eagles Fly" (below, via Pitchfork) and its artwork (above).
In other (strange but true) news, avant-rappers Shabazz Palaces were added to at least a few dates on Julian's upcoming tour. It's not clear yet if they're on the whole thing, but we know for sure they're on Boston, Detroit and the NYC show happening November 25 at Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.
New video and list of dates below...
Pop vs Jock 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Arcade Fire singer Win Butler's annual charity basketball game, Pop vs Jock, will go down in conjunction with Pop Montreal once again this year. The game takes place on September 20 at the McGill University Sports Centre, and includes Win along with fellow Pop vs Jock alumni Will Butler (his brother, also of Arcade Fire), Nikolai Fraiture (The Strokes), and newcomer Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). Former NBA player Brent Barry and current player Matt Bonner round out the lineup as well. Tickets are on sale now, and proceeds will go to DJ Sports Club, a charity offering sports and education programs to Montreal youth.
Arcade Fire were just in NYC for a three night run at Barclays Center.
photos by Adela Loconte
The Strokes / Grimes / Boris
[Slowdive's] entire audience appears to be holding its breath, immersed in the British shoegaze band's ocean of sound. The three guitarists--Neil Halstead, Christian Savill, and Rachel Goswell--are urged on by the warm throb of Nick Chaplin's bass and the vigorous drumming of Simon Scott. It's a relief to hear a drummer at the festival who isn't playing in boring old 4/4. Goswell, resplendent in a silver dress and smiling shyly, sings the hook to "Crazy for You," its circular guitar figure still captivating 20 years later. Unfortunately, her pretty voice sounds paper thin in the mix of "Machine Gun" but the reverb-y guitars sound great. During "Souvlaki Space Station," left-handed Savill plays a solo in which his slide guitar sighs as if in post-coital bliss.LA's 2014 FYF Fest went down over the weekend (Saturday, 8/23 & Sunday, 8/24) with a killer lineup that included Phoenix, The Strokes, Interpol, Grimes, Slowdive, Slint, The Blood Brothers, Future Islands, Against Me!, Ty Segall, Boris, Run the Jewels, Darkside, Flying Lotus, Blood Orange, Haim, Murder City Devils, Four Tet, The Bronx, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Joanna Gruesome, Angel Olsen and many more. We've got pictures of a handful of the bands from both days, in this post.
One wonders whether most of these teens and twentysomethings have any idea who Slowdive is. After all, the band broke up--or, more accurately morphed into Mojave 3--when many of the attendees were in diapers. Is Slowdive cashing in on the reunion dollar or will they produce new material? One hopes for the latter. The band's multiple guitargasms are indescribably majestic and beautiful. The five-piece doesn't take the opportunity to play "Visions of LA," but "Alison" and a cover of Syd Barrett's "Golden Hair" end the set on a highpoint. Before they depart, Goswell announces they'll be back in November. Can't wait. [Under the Radar]
More pics, with a stream of a new song by rapper Kosha Dillz where he namedrops 60 bands that played FYF, below...
photos by Adela Loconte
The Strokes at The Chelsea / Interpol at Boulevard Pool in Las Vegas last week
The 2014 FYF Fest wraps up in Los Angeles today (8/24) with sets from The Strokes, Darkside, Blood Orange, Built to Spill, Mac DeMarco and more. (Saturday saw sets from Interpol, Ty Segall, Future Islands, Todd Terje, Real Estate, Angel Olsen and more.) Before FYF, both The Strokes and Interpol played shows in Las Vegas and we've got pictures from The Strokes (with Albert Hammond Jr opening) at The Chelsea on 8/20 and Interpol at Boulevard Pool on 8/21.
For Interpol, this was one of a few shows leading up to the release of their new album, El Pintor. Another of those is at the Met, and they'll go on a full tour with Hundred Waters this fall. All dates and a new interview we did with Daniel Kessler, here.
We'll have pics from FYF Fest soon. Meanwhile, check out more from The Strokes and Interpol in Vegas below...
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
Julian w/ The Strokes at Governors Ball (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Julian Casablancas is having a pretty busy year. Among other things, he's releasing the new Karen O LP on his label, he's playing Strokes shows again (they next play FYF Fest and a Las Vegas show beforehand), and he's working on his other project, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz who are releasing an LP and touring.
The Voidz' tour has just been expanded and now includes a show happening in Julian's hometown of NYC on November 25 at Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (7/11) at noon. All dates are listed below.
The Voidz' album, Tyranny, comes out on September 23 via Julian's Cult Records. You can watch its newest video teaser, with the list of tour dates, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Such was not the case for the Strokes, the hometown boys who drew what looked like the biggest crowd of Governors Ball so far. (Childish Gambino, who was performing a set during the same time slot across Randall's Island Park, must have felt a little lonely, though his audience did include Andre 3000, with his son in tow.) I had completely forgotten that the Strokes had released a new album called Comedown Machine last year, right up until the moment they busted out "Welcome To Japan" early in their evening performance.The Strokes, after a warm up show at Capitol Theater, returned the the big stage to co-headline Day 2 of Governors Ball on Saturday night (6/7). Some pictures from all of Saturday are HERE, but the Strokes photos are in this post. They continue along with some videos and their setlist, below...
The big secret about the Strokes is that they've never been that good live, and there were moments that lacked focus during their 90 minutes on stage. But they seemed to feed off the energy of their neighbors, and by the set-closing one-two punch of "You Only Live Once" (from 2006's deeply underrated First Impressions of Earth) and the watershed single "Last Nite," they had discovered their inner rock gods. Props to them too for performing "New York City Cops" as their encore, as it is by far the best song in the band's entire catalog, and there's always self-conscious concern about playing that tune within the city limits.)
Honor Titus & Julian Casablancas
Proceeds from this auction support The Capitol Community Fund. The Capitol Community Fund sends local teachers to the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame for curriculum training - keeping rock n' roll in the classroom! HeadCount.org is a non-profit organization that uses the power of music to foster community and democratic participation. There is a sense of community felt in the heart of the music scene. It's a feeling that can't be described but you know you are part of something bigger. Together we can make a change and a difference!Cerebral Ballzy, who are signed to Julian's Cult Records, open the Port Chester, NY show. Less than a week later you can catch that band's frontman Honor Titus reading and hosting poetry at Niagara in the East Village. CB's album "Jaded & Faded" will be released June 17. They'll be in Europe at the time touring with Fucked Up. They return to Europe to tour with OFF! in October. Their only other US dates at the moment are both Riot Fests. Everything is listed below.
The Strokes are also playing FYF Fest in LA in August.
Stroke Albert Hammond Jr. plays a few dates with Phoenix in June before headlining a Northside Festival show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on June 13. The Strokes-influenced Drowners open that show. Tickets are still available.
Tour dates below...
The annual two-day FYF Fest is returning to LA from August 23-24 this year, and the lineup was just announced. It includes The Strokes, Phoenix, the reunited Blood Brothers who haven't played sine 2007 (!), Slowdive, Slint, Flying Lotus, Grimes, Blood Orange, Darkside, Jamie xx, Haim, Little Dragon, Future Islands, Death Grips (we know FYF is a festival they actually play), Ty Segall, Deafheaven, La Dispute, Joyce Manor, Against Me!, Built to Spill, Murder City Devils, The Bronx, Angel Olsen, Four Tet, Earl Sweatshirt, Joanna Gruesome and many more.
Tickets go on sale May 22 at noon PDT. Full lineup below...
The Strokes at MSG in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)
The Strokes are making their return to the stage with a relatively intimate NY show on May 31 at Capitol Theater before their Governors Ball appearance on NYC's Randall's Island a few days later. Tickets went on fan club presale yesterday and sold right out, but you'll have another chance in the Citi bank presale which starts today (5/15) at noon. The general on-sale begins Friday (5/16) at noon.
Meanwhile, we're also still giving away a pair of of VIP tickets to Governors Ball 2014 in our contest with DoNYC. If you haven't entered yet, you can enter via the form below...
UPDATE: the just announced list of food vendors at Governors Ball, is also below...
The Strokes at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It was already announced that The Strokes would play their first hometown show since MSG in 2011 at this year's Governors Ball (the NYC festival that Julian Casablancas also plays with his band The Voidz), but if you don't want to brave a huge three-day festival to see them (or even one day of a three-day fest), you're in luck. The NYC cool kids of the early aughts will now preface GovBall with a headlining festival pre-show in the area at Port Chester's Capitol Theater on May 31, a far more intimate location than Madison Square Garden.
Tickets for the Cap show go on Strokes Fan Club presale Wednesday (5/14) at 10 AM, followed by Governors Ball/Citi bank presales on Thursday (5/15) at noon and the general on-sale Friday (5/16) at noon at this link.
Meanwhile, you can still get tickets to Governors Ball, which also includes Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, TV on the Radio, Disclosure, Damon Albarn, and more. But if you'd like to go for free, we've teamed up with DoNYC to give away a pair of VIP tickets to Governors Ball 2014. Enter our contest via the form below...