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The Strokes are the last of a certain breed. They don’t make rock bands like them anymore: the larger-than-life, the mythic, the kinds that can fill an arena with screaming fans that span generations. You can argue this — you have Arcade Fire, or the National, or the Black Keys, maybe. There are still rock… More »

Mainstream American rock music, as you might recall, was in rough shape in the late ’90s. The Alt-Nation era had run out of road for the most part, giving way to legions of awful post-grunge and nu-metal bands soundtracking extreme energy-drink commercials and extreme-sports video games. These were dark times. This was at a time… More »

Julian Casablancas is kind of the anti-Taylor Swift, isn’t he? She just moved to Tribeca — making her neighbors with, like, Jay Z, Beyoncé, and Blue Ivy — and is so stoked on it that she’s Instagramming pictures of lattés and serving as NYC’s Global Welcome Ambassador for tourism. He just moved out of the… More »

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Albert Hammond, Jr. Details Drug Addiction In NME

Albert Hammond, Jr., the Strokes guitarist and occasional solo artist, has been in and out of the spotlight over the last decade-plus. From an outside perspective, the volatile nature of the Strokes themselves has had something to do with it. But apparently, that’s not all. And now Hammond has opened up about the dangerous and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 4, 2013 - 12:17 pm

HAIM – “I’ll Try Anything Once” (Strokes Cover)

HAIM played on Sirius XMU last month. During the session they covered The Strokes’ “I’ll Try Anything Once” — an early version of “You Only Live Once” that was released as a B-side in the UK in March 2006. Check it out below, and in case you missed it, check out our Band To WatchMore »

By: Liz Pelly / March 31, 2013 - 3:46 pm

The 10 Best Strokes Songs

New Yorkers like to think of New York as the center of the universe, or at least the center of gravity where cool is concerned. And, dammit, no matter how thoroughly and vigorously landlocked dolts like me detail the cultural contributions of our home turf, there’s really no denying the wealth of music that ha… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 29, 2013 - 12:18 pm

The Strokes – “Fast Animals”

On Record Store Day (4/20), the Strokes will release a 7-inch for their recent single “All The Time.” It’s from their new album, Comedown Machine, officially out on the 26th. (In case you missed it, here’s our Premature Evaluation of the album.) The B-side for the 7-inch is “Fast Animals,” which you can now stream… More »

By: Liz Pelly / March 24, 2013 - 1:12 pm

Premature Evaluation: The Strokes Comedown Machine

At SXSW, they give you all these bracelets everywhere you go — indicating you’ve got clearance to enter different venues or VIP sections or whatever — and you can’t really take any of them off till the festival is over, so that by Saturday afternoon, everyone there has a half-sleeve of neon ribbons running u… More »

By: Michael Nelson / March 20, 2013 - 11:20 am

The Strokes Comedown Machine Comment Party

We’ve already heard the previews, as well as entire songs “One Way Trigger” and “All The Time.” And now all of Comedown Machine, the gleaming and adventurous fifth album from New York rock band the Strokes, is streaming online. Listen to it at Pitchfork and then take to the comments section to let the world… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 18, 2013 - 4:25 pm

Preview Every Track From The Strokes’ Comedown Machine

The Strokes’ new album Comedown Machine is only a week away from release, but we’ve only heard two songs, “One Way Trigger” and “All The Time.” Today, though, Amazon has clips of every track on the album, and experiencing the entire thing in 30-second samples in quick succession is a very, very strange experience. At… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 18, 2013 - 8:49 am

The Strokes – “All The Time” Video

The Strokes’ new single “All The Time” sounds like an old Strokes song, with its urgently metronomic rhythm and its excellently rumpled Julian Casablancas mutter-wail. And the video seems bent on reminding us who, exactly, the Strokes once were and on pounding home the idea that these are still the same guys. The clip edit… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 15, 2013 - 10:54 am

Azealia Banks – “Barely Legal” (The Strokes Cover)

Azealia Banks haters, start your engines! I fully expect that just the headline “Azealia Banks – ‘Barely Legal’ (The Strokes Cover)” already has some people’s vitriol tanks overflowing and ready for the comment section, but let’s backtrack a bit. Anyone who has been following Banks for a long time — I’m talking before “212” wa… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / February 28, 2013 - 3:46 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: February 2013

It’s finally come to this: The first straight-to-Spotify Stereogum Monthly Mix. It’s the end of an era, and I’m a little sad about it! But it’s a necessity in 2013, and one that will serve this feature well. In theory, over the past three years, this mixtape has functioned to spotlight and memorialize the month’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 28, 2013 - 1:30 pm

The Strokes – “All The Time”

Well, this is more like it. “One Way Trigger,” the first song we heard from new Strokes album Comedown Machine, was a keyboards-and-falsetto curiosity, but now they’re back with the new “All The Time,” and they suddenly sound like the Strokes again. It’s not like the members of the band are ripping off their younger… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 13, 2013 - 2:34 pm

Preview The Strokes’ “All The Time”

We’ve already heard the shockingly synthy and falsetto-laden “One Way Trigger,” our earliest taste of the Strokes’ new album Comedown Machine. But the first proper single, “All The Time,” isn’t out for another week or so. Thankfully, a Strokes fan site points out that Amazon already has a preview of the track. And judging by… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 11, 2013 - 11:40 am

The Strokes Comedown Machine Out 3/26

Rather than create a lyric video for their weird-as-fuck, falsetto-laden, a-Ha-inspired new single “One Way Trigger,” the Strokes have gone a comparatively low-tech route. They’ve written all the lyrics on what you see above, a fake movie poster that looks like it could’ve advertised a B-level Hitchcock knockoff in, say, 1966. Check out a larger… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 30, 2013 - 9:26 am

The Strokes – “One Way Trigger”

Well, here are a couple of surprises! For one thing: The Strokes have a new song! For another: It does not sound like any goddam Strokes song I’ve ever heard! The track, entitled “One Way Trigger,” marries the band’s blase hedonism to a weirdly dinky synthpop hook and gives Julian Casablancas a chance to do… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 25, 2013 - 2:36 pm

The Strokes To Return With “All The Time”

Last year, we reported that the Strokes were back in the studio to record a follow-up to 2011’s Angles. News hit today, via Consequence of Sound, that Seattle radio station 107.7 The End has received a new single from the band called “All The Time.” The song is not available yet, but the station’s Facebook… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / January 17, 2013 - 10:43 am

Some Strokes, Black Keys, Johnny Depp, Ke$ha & More Pay Tribute To Tom Petty @ El Rey, Los Angeles 11/14/12

“This is a lot of Alpha energy to wrangle,” Guster’s Ryan Miller said in testament to Alex Levy and the Cabin Down Below Band’s work last night. “This is a hard thing to organize.” And that’s probably true of most every tribute concert of this nature, as it has probably been true of the decade… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 15, 2012 - 3:09 pm

Members Of Arcade Fire, Strokes To Play Charity BBall At POP Montreal

This year’s POP Montreal will host another POP Vs. Jock charity basketball game with proceeds benefiting DJ SportsClub, a youth group in the area. The rosters include Arcade Fire’s Win and Will Butler, Martin Starr (Freaks And Geeks, Party Down, Luke Bonner (brother of Spurs forward Matt Bonner), the Strokes’ Nikolai Faiture and more. Régine… More »

By: Corban Goble / August 30, 2012 - 9:10 am

The Strokes Working On New Album

UPDATE: Management denies that the Strokes are back in the studio (via Pitchfork).
When the Strokes reassembled to release their album Angles two years ago, we saw tons of reports about how the recording process was contentious, how Julian Casablancas wasn’t recording with the rest of the band, how some members of the band… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 12, 2012 - 4:30 pm

Albert Hammond Jr. Covers Big Star (Stereogum Premiere)

Cool For School, a digital-only compilation that benefits The Lunchbox Fund, features covers by the likes of Bright Eyes and Albert Hammond, Jr. Today, we’re sharing a track that features the second-most-famous Stroke covering Big Star’s 1972 classic, “Thirteen,” from their #1 Record. Hear, here:… More »

By: Corban Goble / October 4, 2011 - 1:26 pm

Last Chance To Download Stereogum’s Strokes Tribute Album!

The time is now to get in STROKED, the track-for-track Is This It covers compilation we assembled in honor of the Strokes’ modern classic. For the 10th anniversary of its release, we had the likes of Real Estate, Owen Pallett, Peter Bjorn & John, Austra, Heems, the morning benders, and more offer their spin and… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 26, 2011 - 10:59 am
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