Search Results

Julian Casablancas

One of the best parts about HBO’s new show Vinyl is the wacky display of the 70’s rock and roll industry that it gives us. Not to mention a pretty killer soundtrack.

We can add a cover that The Strokes and Voidz frontman Julian Casablancas did of The Velvet Underground’s “Run Run Run.” His vocals take on an almost Dylan-like form here, diving into the past and chugging along with that signature New York cool. It’s a great and very faithful cover. There are definitely worse things to wake up to a Friday morning.

I’m excited to see how this song will be used in the show (maybe this Sunday?, but for now, enjoy a stream of his cover posted below (along with the original for reference):
Read the rest of this entry »

Julian Casablancas and the Voidz at House of Vans (August 14, 2015)

By Anthony Bauer, December 23rd 2015 — with 1 comment

08-14-15_JulienVoidz-HOV26

On a summer night back in August, we were treated with the first of three free summertime shows at the House of Vans in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. All three shows were very much New York City centric in that all three shows featured headlining act’s that all reign from NYC itself. First up was no stranger to the NYC music scene – it was The Strokes’ very own Julian Casablancas with his other band, The Voidz. Along for the ride and opening the show up was LA’s Cherry Glazerr.

08-14-15_JulienVoidz-HOV7
Read the rest of this entry »

1_Julian_Hammerstein

A few days before Thanksgiving, Julian Casablancas made his return to New York City with his latest group Julian Casablancas + The Voidz. They played Hammerstein Ballroom, in what was their first official New York show (the only previous ones were at Governors Ball and a secret show at Shea Stadium). They brought along Shabazz Palaces and Blood Orange, along for the ride, making it one of the more interesting bills of the year.
Read the rest of this entry »

Interview: Julian Casablancas

By Will Oliver, November 24th 2014 — with 3 comments

IMG_3848

(photo taken at Governors Ball 2014)

Julian Casablancas is a man that needs no introduction. When he’s not fronting a little rock band known as The Strokes, he’s singing along with Daft Punk or doing his own solo work with his new band The Voidz.

He’s currently on tour with The Voidz in support of their debut album Tyranny. They’re dropping back into New York City tomorrow night for a homecoming show at The Hammerstein along with Shabazz Palaces and Blood Orange. (Tickets are on sale here)

I had the honor and privilege of chatting with Julian over the phone last Friday night, right before he performed with The Voidz in Toronto. We spoke about the new project, life on the road, what success means to him at this point in his career, as well as the goal of his label Cult Records.

Find our conversation posted below.
Read the rest of this entry »

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz - Tyranny

Julian Casablancas and The Voidz have been playing shows as early as March this year (as well as Governors Ball) but they did so without any official word of an official release. That changed last week, as Casablancas announced that the album is called Tyranny, and it will be released on September 23 via his own Cult Records.

If you pre-order the digital version of the album now, you can pick it up at the discounted price of $3.87.

Tyranny was written and recorded over the past year and was produced by Shawn Everett. The Voidz band features Casablancas and fellow Voidz band members: Jeramy Gritter, Amir Yaghmai, Jeff Kite, Jake Bercovici, and Alex Carapetis. The album incorporates world underground music from the 70s and 80s, along with hardcore/punk and “modern harmony”, using modern and analog recording and sampling techniques. In reference to the album’s title, Casablancas says:

Tyranny has come in many forms throughout history. Now, the good of business is put above anything else, as corporations have become the new ruling body. Most decisions seem to be made like ones of a medieval king: whatever makes profit while ignoring and repressing the truth about whatever suffering it may cause (like pop music, for that matter).

With the announcement comes the latest album teaser, with some more songs clips along with footage from the bands South American tour. With that said, you can find the bands fall tour dates posted below (along with the trailer).

October 16 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
October 17 Washington DC 9:30 Club
October 18 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theatre
October 20 Chattanooga, TN Track 29
October 21 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
October 22 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
October 28 Birmingham, AL Iron City
October 30 Austin, TX Emo’s
October 31 Houston, TX House of Blues
November 6 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern Theatre
November 9 San Francisco, CA Regency Center
November 11 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
November 13 Seattle, WA Showbox

Julian Casablancas and The Voidz at Governors Ball 2014

By Will Oliver, June 10th 2014 — with 2 comments

IMG_4147

After a rather disappointing set at SXSW, I had lowered my expectations quite a bit for Julian Casablancas and The Voidz’s set at Governors Ball. While the set didn’t blow me away by any means, it was a definite improvement from what I saw in Austin.

With a larger stage to roam and a better sound man at the helm, Julian and his boys were free to deliver that harsh guitar crunch that they so badly want to deliver. Backed by video clips of cartoons and weird 80s clips, the band rocked out freely, with Casablancas fully engulfed in this (almost) alternative persona that he takes on with the band. There’s quite a bit of stuff going on within each track, with multiple guitar freakouts or the different sets of scattered ideas almost colliding against one another. It will be interesting to see how the recorded versions of these songs turn out when their debut album is released this September (as Julian announced during the show).

The highlight of the set was when he performed “Instant Crush”, his stunning Daft Punk collaboration. He choose not to play this when I saw him at SXSW, so I was grateful to hear it live, as it’s probably the closest thing I’ll ever get to seeing Daft Punk live these days. It threw me off that he played it second in the set, but hey, I’m not complaining.
Read the rest of this entry »

[watch]: Julian Casablancas and The Voidz Interview

By Will Oliver, March 26th 2014

I was bummed to find Julian Casablancas and The Voidz SXSW performance to be lackluster. I am still holding out hope that the recorded form will be better and maybe the band just has to get some more shows under their belt.

Last night the band released a video where they shed some light on the album as well as who exactly the bandmembers are in interview style. It’s an interesting watch, to say the least.

Find the video posted below.
Read the rest of this entry »

Julian Casablancas and The Voidz @ Cedar Street Courtyard (March 14, 2014)

By Will Oliver, March 21st 2014 — with 3 comments

IMG_0542

I had high hopes for Julian Casablancas’ new solo stuff. I guess it’s more so him and his new band, The Voidz, but who are we kidding? It’s all his. Although after witnessing one of their first live shows together at Cedar Street Courtyard for SXSW, Julian may want to opt for the project being more of a group effort.

I, for one liked his debut solo record Phrazes For The Young. Sure, it wasn’t anything groundbreaking, but as a solo effort, it was very solid with a few standout tracks that would have done just as well – if not better – than a lot of the latest Strokes songs. I figured that his follow-up record would build upon what he did on that record, but based on what I heard in that cramped Cedar Street Courtyard, he took things into a questionable new direction.

It didn’t help that he came out 25 minutes late, or that his band was a boring cast of characters that just looked like dirtier versions of The Strokes members. The songs that he played screamed out at the crowd “HEAR ME, I AM COOL” but all I heard was a dull sketch of various ideas that never hit their stride. A song or two hit pretty hard, but even the highlights were forgettable when compared with his performances of The Strokes’ “Ize Of The World” or “River Of Brakelights” from Phrazes. These were the clear highlights, as they were the only songs the crowd was collectively enjoying.

For the most part during his new songs with The Voidz, the crowd looked puzzled and bored. I thought it was just my own judgements being projecting on others, and that it was 1 a.m. and we were all tired, but then I saw the sad reality that the songs just weren’t that good. The new stuff sounded heavily produced, so maybe it will all sound great recorded. Though none of that matters right now, as we are judging the songs based on how they are performed live, and I hate to say they were quite disappointing.

The next day at Fader Fort he performed his Daft Punk collaboration “Instant Crush” live. He was supposed to perform that at the show I attended as well (based on the setlist that a fan had), but he decided not to play it. He didn’t seem to be too into the performance, and either did the crowd. I love The Strokes, and I love Julian, but the show was a massive disappointment that only lasted 8-songs, and felt way shorter in memorability. Not a good sign.

Find some photos of the show plus the setlist, posted below. Read the rest of this entry »





blog advertising is good for you

Monday Morning Matinee

midwest sunglasses

Save with concert ticket promo codes at PromoCodeWatch.com


Archives

Create your timeline cover maker online easy and fun!