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The Strokes Angles Premature Evaluation

A miserable experience recording an album doesn’t always equal a miserable album. So often the opposite happens: Big Star, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, and Fleetwood Mac all made brilliant albums under internal or external stress. So the early clues into the Strokes’ fourth album, their first in five years, weren’t so bad. Sure, it had… More »

By: stereogum / March 16, 2011 - 12:00 pm

Watch The Strokes Debut “Gratisfaction” In Vegas

Earlier today you got a taste of “Machu Picchu” and “Taken For A Fool.” Now you can check out “Gratisfaction,” which the band debuted in Las Vegas on Saturday night. According to the NME, the band played a total of five Angles tracks. The setlist and video of “Gratisfaction” is below. The list of song… More »

By: jessica / March 14, 2011 - 3:44 pm

Stream The Strokes Angles

They’ve released videos, appeared on Saturday Night Live, and even had their haircuts analyzed by the the New York Times Magazine (guitarist Nick Valensi tells the reporter that he only washes his hair about 10 times a year). The only thing left now is an album release. The official release date is 3/22, but some… More »

By: jessica / March 14, 2011 - 9:51 am

The Strokes Hit SNL

I have rarely looked forward to Gabe Videogum’s SNL recap with more anticipation than this week’s because what the hell was that last night? I mean aside from having a script that with sketches both pitched and punched up by Miley Cyrus’s publicist, it is very cool how SNL gave Miley a chance to show… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 6, 2011 - 11:04 am

The Strokes – “Under Cover Of Darkness” Video

Earlier we heard “You’re So Right,” a new Strokes song many of you deemed … interesting. Which is better than boring. Two for two, Strokes. Now we’ve got Warren Fu’s video for that song’s more classic-sounding A-Side “UCoD.” It was shot in New Jersey so the band got all dressed up. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 2, 2011 - 12:29 am

The Strokes – “You’re So Right”

The first full song from Angles, “Under Cover Of Darkness,” received reviews that nearly unanimously decreed it “a very good Strokes song.” And then reviewers wondered if that was a red herring of a first impression, or a harbinger of the “return to form” that so many people seem to be craving. If yesterday’s LPMore »

By: Amrit Singh / March 1, 2011 - 2:59 pm

Strokes Angles Snippets

See if you were right to judge a record by its Q*Bert cover via 30-second Angles snippets. They were initially up on iTunes, but were subsequently removed. Now they’re streaming at

Angles is out 3/22 via RCA. Maybe you’ll hear a couple songs in full at SXSW. More »

By: brandon / February 28, 2011 - 3:47 pm

Strokes Confirm SXSW Free Show

The not-so-secret secret line on SXSW is that the industry fest isn’t much of an industry fest at all — all day everyday is a buffet of buzz bands playing showcases curated by your favorite blogger, usually at the cost of just an RSVP email in advance. The Strokes are doing that all one better… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 22, 2011 - 5:31 pm

The Strokes Angles Cover Revealed

This reminds reminds of something I doodled in third grade. (That is not an insult; I got a B+.)

Angles is out 3/22 via RCA. You can hear its first single “Under Cover Of Darkness” right here. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 11, 2011 - 10:24 am

The Strokes – “Under Cover Of Darkness”

You heard the 30-second sample of “Under The Cover Of Darkness,” now you can hear the entire track, below. It’s the first taste from the Strokes upcoming Angles. To me it sounds like the “classic” Strokes sound they promised. Listen:… More »

By: jessica / February 9, 2011 - 3:25 pm

The Strokes “Under Cover Of Darkness” Preview

Did you know it’s been five years since we heard any new music from the Strokes? I bet you didn’t know that, no one’s really mentioned it. (For those of you under 10, the Strokes were famous rock starts who dated models and didn’t wash their hair.) Between babies and rehab and overrated solo albums,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 5, 2011 - 6:50 pm

Strokes “Angles” Details

Albert Hammond Jr. and Nick Valensi spoke with Rolling Stone about the Strokes’ forthcoming 10-song album, tentatively titled Angles. It’s their first collection since 2006. (It’s due out in March.) Hammond tells RS that the title describes “what the record sounds like. It comes from five different people,” suggesting that everyone contributed to the songwriting… More »

By: brandon / January 19, 2011 - 3:19 pm

“Classic” Sounding Strokes LP4 Out By March

Nickel Eye Fraiture had a chat with BBC Radio, the pullquotes from which the NME has pulled thusly:

“Sonically, I feel it’s the album which should have been made between [2003’s] ‘Room On Fire’ and [2006’s] ‘First Impressions Of Earth’,” he said, adding that the album echoes the band’s “classic sound”. More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 5, 2011 - 6:02 pm

Strokes Complete LP4?

This is weird because I’d been hearing that the sessions were scrapped due to the band being unhappy with their creative direction (most everyone’s taking writing credits, so allegedly it sounds like a mess of everyone’s solo projects), but within the last day two members of Team Strokes have tweeted to the contrary, which make… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 17, 2010 - 2:44 pm

Austin City Limits 2010 In Photos

Austin City Limits hosted some of the nicest weather in years alongside an impressive line up with main headliners The Strokes, Muse and the Eagles. Some tough scheduling choices though needed to be made like choosing Sonic Youth or Vampire Weekend, Broken Bells or Silversun Pickups, Band Of Horses or the Flaming Lips, and Muse… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / October 14, 2010 - 2:35 pm

Outside Lands 2010 In Photos

When we posted the Outside Lands festival lineup, we mentioned how the San Fransisco festival tried to fit it “between a jam and a rock space,” especially with Further (featuring the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and Phil Lesh) and the Strokes headlining on Saturday. According to our photographer Graeme Flegenheimer there was a hippie/hipster divide… More »

By: jessica / August 16, 2010 - 3:57 pm

Lollapalooza 2010 Friday: Lady Gaga And The Strokes, So Far Away Yet … Yeah, So Far Away

As much as Lolla’s undercard is varied, and vast, it’s a headliner’s ball this year. Because this deep into the festival season we’ve seen nearly all of these bands plenty, and because Lolla has created some discourse-owning 8PM show-downs. Night one’s was a study in contrasts: Lady Gaga, or the Strokes? We caught both, two… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 7, 2010 - 12:12 pm

Watch Strokes Play Warm-Up Gig In Camden

The Strokes are in it for the money, but that doesn’t mean their first show since 2006 isn’t kind of a big deal. The band played a secret warm up in London (under the name Venison) to prepare for their June 12 headlining spot at the Isle of Wight festival. According to NME, they did… More »

By: jessica / June 10, 2010 - 9:30 am

The Strokes First Gig In Forever Tomorrow In London?

Looking likely. Apparently the Strokes posted up that photo to their Twitter in a since-deleted twat, and now the London venue Dingwalls is listing a band by that name playing tomorrow night, Wednesday June 9th at 20:00. Tickets go on sale at 9PM GMT (which is about an hour from now) “at this website only“… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 8, 2010 - 2:58 pm

Outside Lands 2010 Lineup

Last year Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band and the Beastie Boys headlined San Fransisco’s second Outside Lands festival. This year’s lineup also tries to fit between a jam and a rock space. Case in point: Saturday’s headliner is Furthur (featuring the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and Phil Lesh), with The Strokes (further cashing in), and… More »

By: jessica / June 1, 2010 - 2:23 pm