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Lollapalooza 2010 Lineup

Lolla’s not playing games anymore: The full and official lineup’s in, and it’s fully and officially great. First off, let’s talk about Soundgarden. Soundgarden! If this news came in just two days ago they’d have been copping a “Jesus Christ Pose” for real, but in any event this is a good thing, at the very… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 6, 2010 - 9:47 am

America’s Indie Rock News Anchors Grill Julian Casablancas

As we mentioned, the Strokes have announced they’ll be headlining this year’s Lollapalooza, and will have a new LP out in September. But as a few of you noticed when we posted the Strokes’s in-the-studio video, Julian Casablancas was a no-show. In this pair of interviews with ABC’s Dan Harris and NBC’s Brian Williams, Casablanca… More »

By: jessica / March 29, 2010 - 11:22 am

Devendra Banhart – “Baby” Video (Feat. Fabrizio Moretti, Andrew VanWyngarden, GZA)

Devendra Banhart sports some serious Frank Zappa facial hair in this video, and gets friends like the Strokes’ Fabrizio Moretti, MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden, and GZA to guest star. But the most surprising part of this clip must be where Banhart and his friends end up. I think half of this video takes place inside a… More »

By: jessica / March 15, 2010 - 5:58 pm

Strokes Confirm Lollapalooza 2010, LP Coming September

We knew the Strokes were working on their new LP, but it looks like plans are firming up: Julian Casablancas says his band will headline Lollapalooza in August, and will have the new LP out in September. Their fourth album will be out nine years after Is This It. As Casablancas points out in a… More »

By: jessica / March 11, 2010 - 3:03 pm

Strokes Check-In From The Studio

The band is hard at work on its next album. Sort of. This 10-minute clip shows them playing Scrabble, ordering sushi, and playing ping pong, all underneath some creepy David Attenborough-style documentary narration: “You’re a star, Nikolai, you’re a star.”More »

By: jessica / February 15, 2010 - 12:07 pm

Julian Casablancas To Tour Some More

Despite admitting to losing money on his first string of Phrazes support dates, the solo Stroke has confirmed ten more North American shows (including a stop in the desert for Coachella). Compare calendars at More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 11, 2010 - 2:24 pm

Julian Casablancas/Tanlines/Telepathe @ Terminal 5, NYC 1/14/10

“Let’s hear it for New Yoooooork.” Early on in Julian’s set at Terminal 5 last night, the first of a pair at that Hell’s Kitchen hellhole, he began paying props to Alicia Keys’s performance on SNL. “Both songs,” he said, but it was “Empire State Of Mind” he kept teasing. It was the solo Stroke’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 15, 2010 - 2:02 am

Julian Casablancas Did “Out Of The Blue” On Letterman

It takes a special man to pull off head-to-toe leather. Which, as it turns out, is a different sort of man than the one who can pull off the dice roll. Julian made late-night amends for that awkward Conan appearance over break by joining Fallon & Sanz on “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” over… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 7, 2010 - 11:38 am

New Julian Casablancas Video – “11th Dimension”

JC traverses time and space in his first video from Phrazes For The Young, your 27th favorite album of 2009. Which means stormy pagodas, b&w tricorns, street gangs, and an ’80s club scene with obligatory keytar. It’s a fun ride, and, in the grand tradition of Dire Straits and Daft Punk, Julian’s wardrobe is lined… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 23, 2009 - 3:57 pm

Strokes To Headline Isle Of Wight 2010

Julian’s bringing his dice-throwing dance moves and the other dudes in the Strokes to the UK to headline the Isle Of Wight festival on 6/12. Their last gig was in October ’06. Billboard says “other summer 2010 festival appearances in Europe and North America are likely.”… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 30, 2009 - 12:35 pm

The 25 69 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2010

This year in music was great and we’rea gonna let it finish (sorry), but in terms of notable album releases the ship has sailed. No offense, 30 Seconds To Mars. While the Gummys’ virtual poll booth remains open for a few more days (did we mention filling out the ballot enters you to win the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 24, 2009 - 5:41 pm

Julian Casablancas @ Downtown Palace Theatre, LA 11/6/09

The Stroke’s first solo gigs were in Japan this summer, and Monday’s Spaceland show was a last minute surprise, so while last night was JC’s 4th ever solo show, it was most stateside fans’ first shot to see his synth-pop makeover in person. With elaborate stage backdrops and light-up costumes for their encore, Julian and… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 7, 2009 - 7:46 am

Julian Casablancas Covers “I Wish It Was Christmas Today”

A big part of what made Saturday Night Live’s recurring yuletide classic “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” so perfect were the sight gags: Tracy Morgan’s dead-eyed dance, Chris Kattan’s head shake, even Jimmy Fallon’s inability to keep a straight face through triggering the Casio presets. Horatio Sanz’s blissfully silly vocal was just the ornament. More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 4, 2009 - 4:47 pm

Julian Casablancas Visits The Tonight Show

Performing complexly synthesized compositions on record is one thing… I like the way Julian Casablancas lays his voice out over Phrazes For The Young’s electro backdrops, partially because it feels so insulated and obsessive, a man and his bed of keyboards, drum machines, guitars, etc., alone in the studio. Watching him do it live with… More »

By: brandon / October 28, 2009 - 9:16 am

Premature Evaluation: Julian Casablancas – Phrazes For The Young

Julian Casablancas’ solo debut is an 8-song, 40-minute collection. On first glance the brevity makes the protracted promotional campaign — its preview trailer, dramatically cut onscreen interview with its lofty claims of trying to harness “the power and seriousness of classical music” while “captur(ing) the catchiness of modern music,” and sanctioned snippet stream — seem… More »

By: brandon / October 26, 2009 - 12:56 pm

New Julian Casablancas – “River Of Brakelights”

The release date for Phrazes For The Young has been pushed back into November, but Julian’s solo stroke is still on course with its streaming bits, first via lead single “11th Dimension,” most recently with a four-minute album preview. The next Casablancas-sanctioned listen is “River Of Brakelights,” which is itself about as ADD as Friday’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 19, 2009 - 1:11 pm

Sample Julian Casablancas’ Phrazes For The Young

The promotional campaign started with a preview trailer and classical music-dropping onscreen interview to whet folks’ appetites. Now that you’re plenty familiar with “11th Dimension,” take a listen to some snippets of the seven other tracks on the Strokes man’s solo debut … to further whet your appetite. It’s a bit difficult absorbing an album… More »

By: brandon / October 16, 2009 - 4:55 pm

New Nickel Eye Video – “You And Everyone Else”

Once Julian releases his Phrazes For The Young, all the Strokes save Valensi will have a side-project release under their vintage belts. (If not two.) Nikolai Fraiture helms Nickel Eye; “You And Everyone Else” sees the bassist on lead vocals, mixing a bit of Julian’s disaffected vocal delivery with a sorta Frank Black undercurrent. The… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 15, 2009 - 9:59 am

New Julian Casablancas – “11th Dimension”

The trailer for the lead Stroke’s solo debut Phrazes For The Young was soundtracked with widescreen, cinematic synth pop, his first on-camera interview in years boasted quotes about harnessing “the power and seriousness of classical music” while “captur(ing) the catchiness of modern music,” and with last night’s BBC debut of lead single “11th Dimension,” we… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 17, 2009 - 8:43 pm

Julian Casablancas Plays First Solo Show In Tokyo

You know how Julian released that Phrazes For The Young trailer teaser thing and everybody thought “whoa Strokes guy is going epic Ratatatty synth pop” with his solo thing? Maybe everybody should stop thinking that. Or at least put those expectations on pause. In his own words, Casablancas said he intended “to capture the catchine… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 31, 2009 - 9:25 am
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