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Video: HAIM Cover The Strokes’ “I’ll Try Anything Once” for BBC Radio 1 Piano Session

posted by Oscar October 23, 2017

HAIM visited BBC Radio 1 and while there they participated in its Piano Session series. The sister group tackled The Strokes’ standout B-side, “I’ll Try Anything Once.”

The beauty of this cover is that it stays pretty faithful to Julian Casablancas’ rendition on piano, right down to the finger snapping! I dig it… See that above, and look below to watch them play “Night So Long.” Continue Reading

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See The Strokes Play Their “Biggest Show Ever” In Front of 90,000 People at Lollapalooza Argentina

posted by Oscar April 3, 2017

Over the weekend The Strokes helped close Lollapalooza Argentina, and they did so with a major highlight moment as their set was witnessed by the biggest audience of their careers. After playing the South American edition of the festival, bassist Nikolai Fraiture proclaimed The Strokes had played their “biggest show ever” thanks to a crowd that was 90,000 people strong!

Footage from the livestream has surfaced, and while we’re no crowd size estimators (at least not professionally), that crowd was indeed massive and those fans provided an atmosphere that can best fall under the description of, spectacular. They were bouncing as if they were following a finely choreographed routine, the fists waving, the soccer-stadium-ready chanting; it had it all. You know it’s lit when Julian Casablancas and the boy were compelled to do not 1, not 2, but 3 encores!

Check out more footage below. Continue Reading

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Video: Julia Jacklin Covers The Strokes’ “Someday”

posted by Oscar January 23, 2017

Now this is what you call a dope cover! Julia Jacklin hit up Australia’s triple J and participated in their “Like A Version” segment, where artists perform live covers.

Jacklin and her band played a dreamy rendition of “Someday,” a classic from The Strokes. The slow-churning song turns up the melodies, transforming the iconic early 00s song into a faux-Doo Wop slowdance number. If you’re the type that doesn’t usually like bands changing your favorite tunes, I get the feeling you can still very much appreciate this!

Check it out above.

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Dopest Videos of 2016

posted by Oscar December 22, 2016

This year-end list takes aim at the best visuals of 2016. The music was already great as is, but these are the music videos that made you check out the song on YouTube instead of Spotify and Apple Music (TIDAL, if you’re down with them).

So look below for our list of the Dopest Videos of 2016, with artists like Chance The Rapper, Kanye West, David Bowie, and more. Continue Reading

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CRX, founded by Nick Valensi of The Strokes, Announces North American Headlining Tour

posted by Oscar October 5, 2016

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CRX – the new band fronted by Nick Valensi, guitarist forThe Strokes – will launch its first North American headline tour on November 7 at Larimer Lounge in Denver, CO and will continue to stop in Chicago (Empty Bottle), New York (Bowery Ballroom) and Austin (Emo’s). Tickets go on sale today; check venue websites for specific on-sale times.
Streets of Laredo will support on all dates, with The Gloomies and Dead Heavens joining for select dates, as well. For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.crxmusic.com/tour/.

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Lollapalooza Argentina, Chile & Brazil 2017 Lineups Revealed

posted by Oscar September 28, 2016

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2017 may just be the year POD finally checks out a Lollapalooza down in South America, considering the upcoming year’s lineup! The Official 2017 Lineups for Argentina, Chile and Brazil have been revealed and feature some incredible artists headlining including Metallica, The Strokes, The Weeknd and The xx.

Some of the other awesome acts on the roster for all three countries include The Chainsmokers, Rancid, the 1975, and Cage The Elephant. See below for the roster posters for all South American editions.

Tickets for Lolla ArgentinaLolla Chile and Lolla Brazil are on sale now! Continue Reading

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Recap: Nick Valensi’s New Band CRX Live at Schubas

posted by Oscar September 20, 2016

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Last night we were able to see CRX at just their second/last headlining show of their mini tour this month. The band fronted by Nick Valensi, of The Strokes fame, was preparing for a string of dates in the Midwest on Beck’s tour, and ahead of the release of their debut project Naked Eyes.

It’s hard to recap a show for which your only substantive point of reference is the lead single “Ways To Fake It” (below) but we couldn’t pass up the chance to see firsthand some of the music that will surely appear on that new project.

Nick Valensi is actually a rather good frontman. His vocals aren’t filled with bravado and his stage presence isn’t domineering as you may expect from a lot of lead singers in Rock & Roll, but Valensi can still captivate a crowd nonetheless. The intimate setting of Schubas was an excellent way to not only test out the new material, but for Valensi to further cement his position at center stage and commanding the mic. The music itself is very much guitar Rock, each song having a defining riff that will get you playing air guitar in no time. I was surprised there was only one song (can’t tell you the name of it, though) that had a prominent guitar solo, but still, the other tracks did not suffer from not featuring mind-bending string-picking. It’s safe to say that picking a top 5 won’t be a difficult task, so now we’re anxious to hear studio versions of these songs once they’re released on October 28.

Check out our gallery after the jump and head over to Facebook to see all of the pictures we captured. Continue Reading

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Summer Moon – “With You Tonight”

posted by Oscar September 14, 2016

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Summer Moon, The Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture’s low-key supergroup, have shared their debut single “With You Tonight.” The track will be officially released on Friday.

Earlier this year, a demo of this song surfaced online with much buzz and was featured as the soundtrack for Alexa Chung‘s collaboration with AG Jeans. That lineup included Fraiture’s friends Erika Spring (Au Revoir Simone), Tennessee Thomas (The Like), and solo artist Lewis Lazar.

The current incarnation of Summer Moon will now see Fraiture joined by Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction) on drums, Camila Grey (Uh Huh Her) on keys / vocals, and Noah Harmon (The Airborne Toxic Event) joining on guitar, as the band plays a series of live shows in Los Angeles, to mark the single’s release on DTF Records / Membran.

Hear the stellar track “With You Tonight” below. Continue Reading

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Nick Valensi of The Strokes Shares “Ways to Fake It” by His New Band CRX

posted by Oscar September 8, 2016

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Nick Valensi, guitarist of The Strokes, has released the first single from his new side project CRX. The lead track from forthcoming New Skin is titled “Ways To Fake It.” The music boasts a shimmery lead guitar part, which any fan of his most prominent band would enjoy, and the solo is pretty alright too.

The CRX album was produced by Josh Homme. Hear “Ways To Fake It” below. Continue Reading

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CRX, Founded by Nick Valensi of The Strokes, Announces Debut Album Produced by Josh Homme

posted by Oscar August 30, 2016

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Nick Valensi and his new band CRX have formally announced today the forthcoming release of their debut album, New Skin. The project was produced by Queens of the Stone Age’s Joshua Homme and it was mixed by Andrew Scheps (Johnny Cash, Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Adele).

CRX will preview songs from New Skin at a special headline show at the historic Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA on Saturday, September 17. Tickets will go on sale Friday, September 2, at1:00 PM PDT here. The band will also headline Schubas right here in Chicago on September 19 and will go on to support Beck on several upcoming dates.
Find more details on the album and tour dates below.

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Video: The Strokes Perform “Threat of Joy” on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

posted by Oscar July 27, 2016

The Strokes continue to thrill on the back of their EP Future Present Past. Last night the band hit the stage to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where they played the excellent and charming “Threat Of Joy.” Keep these appearances coming!

Check out the über-cool performance above, with a bleep and everything.

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Video: The Strokes – “Threat Of Joy”

posted by Oscar June 28, 2016

The Strokes have delivered their new music video for their charming track, “Threat Of Joy.” Premiering on Noisey, the visuals directed by Warren Fu start off with the solo from “Oblivius” and then cuts to Fu being abducted by some clean-cut mysterious people were on a mission to end production on that song’s own video.

The video is cinematic in its weird storytelling, with pig-faced leaders plotting on how to recover the footage from the other music video with a mystery lady holding “the truth” in an unlabeled reel. From the looks of this one, it looks like there could be a series of videos for the EP that will all be connected to tell one big overarching story a la McBain on The Simpsons.

Look out for Julian’s sweet dance moves!