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The Strokes at Governors Ball 2014

By Will Oliver, June 12th 2014

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The fact that I got to see The Strokes play the tiny Capitol Theatre a week ago, somewhat spoiled their Governors Ball set for me. There’s just no comparison in seeing their first show in three years at a tiny theater outside of the city to a giant festival set in the hot, hot sun. Even so, I still rocked out just as hard and got to actually photograph the freaking Strokes, so there is always that..
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[new]: The Strokes – All The Time

By Will Oliver, February 14th 2013 — with 2 comments

The Strokes - All The Time

The Strokes already shared “One Way Trigger”, a cut from Comedown Machine, but “All The Time” is the album’s first single. Theirs no falsetto found here. Rather, it’s a very traditional Strokes song, but it doesn’t have me exactly jumping out with excitement. It sounds pretty nice, but it seems somewhat by the numbers.

Maybe it will grow on me in a few days. “One Way Trigger” has, so we’ll see. I’m still excited for the rest of the album.

The Strokes Announce New Album: Comedown Machine

By Will Oliver, January 30th 2013 — with 1 comment

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The official title of The Strokes new album is Comedown Machine. It will come out on RCA on March 26. Last week we heard “One Way Trigger”, a track that will appear on the album. The first single however is titled “All The Time”, and comes out February 19, although it will hit the net February 13.

I like the look and feel of that album cover a lot, I think it has that classic rock look that many fans of The Strokes are always looking (and hoping) for.

[new]: The Strokes – One Way Trigger

By Will Oliver, January 25th 2013 — with 3 comments

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Last week word came out that The Strokes had a new album and single on the way. Even with that said, it was still a surprise to see a new song available from them today for free download.

The song is titled “One Way Trigger” and it’s different than anything that we’ve heard from The Strokes yet. Immediately you’ll notice an emphasis on electronics as well as a falsetto delivered from Julian. Soon after it kicks into a groove that is more traditionally The Strokes.

For a while the synth actually reminds me a bit of A-Ha. Never would have expecting to have A-Ha in the same sentence as The Strokes.

Well, it looks like The Strokes are back. Now the next question is, what will fans think of “One Way Trigger”?

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The Strokes Have A New Album On The Way

By Will Oliver, January 17th 2013 — with 7 comments

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According to Seattle radio station 107.7 The End, RCA Records sent them a new single from The Strokes titled “All The Time.” It’s apparently going to be on their new album, which will be their fifth.

So The Strokes are indeed returning with a new album this year. This is good news, and counters any doubts that people like myself may have had that they would return.

107.7 The End had this to say on their site:

we can tell you that of the two songs we heard, one was a more synth driven track, with the other (the aforementioned, “All The Time”) packing a classic Strokes sound.

This. is. awesome.

Brazillian Bands Play Tribute To The Strokes Is This It

By Will Oliver, November 1st 2011 — with 4 comments

Brazilian website Rock ‘n’ Beats asked some of the best independent artists in the scene to help them with their Strokes Tribute album for Is This It.

It’s not the first tribute album as you well know, but it’s fairly different. Here’s how the site described the collection:

The goal was to make a different collection, to escape the traditional Strokes’ guitars and Julian Casablancas’ heavy voice. We selected the artists in order to actually make the tracks new, with a different personality to add to each song.

This is the first time you’ve heard these songs like this. Each song has it’s own feel, reminding me off the light hearted fun of Little Joy. These versions have space to breath, becoming breathtaking all over again.

The whole album will soon be downloadable, but it’s available to stream only for now. Head here to stream the collection. Check out one of the covers below. It’s Cícero’s version of, “Barely Legal”.
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