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The Strokes Phone It In (Again) on 'The New Abnormal'

The Strokes' The New Abnormal is an unabashedly uninspired promotional item for their upcoming world tour.

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How the Strokes and Other Indie Bands Reignited Rock 'n' Roll in NYC and Beyond

Author Lizzy Goodman talks with PopMatters about "beautiful, accessible, sexy, dirty, pretty punk rock" and her new book, Meet Me in the Bathroom.

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Frank Ocean and a Short History of Spite Albums

Frank Ocean's Endless, the decidedly less commercial of his two recent releases, might just be a victory for artists who've been forced to release music to fulfill contractual obligations. Here's a look at some of history's more significant spite albums.

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The Strokes - "Threat of Joy" (Singles Going Steady)

The Strokes take a low key approach to the music, and it pays off handsomely.

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Governors Ball 2016: The Killers and M83 Embrace the Rain and Rock the Night

Not even a horrendous rainstorm could hold back Governors Ball from embracing thy inner festival animal.

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Governors Ball 2016: Beck and the Strokes Deliver the Classics

The most intriguing moment of the opening day to Governors Ball came during an organ-only ballad from the Strokes.

Silas Valentino
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Telepathe: Destroyer

"Tonight we dine in hell!" Brooklyn duo on rampage after four-year incarceration!

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20 Questions: Albert Hammond, Jr.

For Albert Hammond Jr., "Sometimes you wanna be James Bond and sometimes you wanna be Marlon Brando until you realize you can't be either!"

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Everything Has Changed, Nothing Has Changed: Music in a Post-9/11 World

The attacks of 9/11 may have caused a noticeable shift in the lyrical content of musicians and even sonic changes in the short term, but, in the end, normalcy finds a way to settle in.

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Julian Casablancas + The Voidz: Tyranny

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz get weird on Tyranny, but weird doesn't automatically mean quality.

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The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 20-1

These top 20 records of the '00s feature some familiar faces, but also several that, over time, have grown more fondly in memory.

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Warm Soda: Young Reckless Hearts

Young Reckless Hearts is an insipid release short on ideas and long on campiness.

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Drowners: Drowners

Drowners are not quite "New Generation" nor "The Wild Ones" more "Lazy" or "Trash".

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Finding the Perfect Balance: An Interview with Albert Hammond, Jr.

The Strokes guitarist and solo artist talks about his new EP, the differences between working in a band and working on your own, and why he loves Frank Sinatra.

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Albert Hammond Jr.: AHJ

The Ghost of Lester Bangs and Charles Pitter listen to Albert Hammond Jr.’s EP AHJ.

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The Top 8 "Next Nirvanas"

Following Nirvana's surprise ascent to stardom, no one knew what would be the next underground success story. Here are eight examples of where people post-Nevermind opted to place their bets.

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All Cannibals: Black Shark Shake-A-Lake

French rock trio offers carefree rock.

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Pearl Jam: 20 Years in the Rearviewmirror: 3 - 4 September 2011

Pearl Jam's great 20th Anniversary blowout festival was held in Alpine Valley.

Selena Fragassi
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The Strokes' 'Is This It' Ten Years Later

After 9/11, the Strokes offered rock escapism, three minutes at a time and they were not just a rock band, they were a New York rock band.

Loren Heger
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Counterbalance No. 45: The Strokes’ 'Is This It'

Our questions, they come to us in threes. Why are the Strokes so popular? How did they get the 45th most acclaimed album of all time? Is This It In this Counterbalance, Klinger will be the one to say the strangest things and Mendelsohn will act like it's completely normal.

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Desitively Bonnaroo: Reporting from the Land of Dust and Music (Part 4)

You’ll be having fun, even though your body insists otherwise.

Tomas Hachard
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The Strokes: Angles

Will Angles be known as the album where the Strokes found themselves at a crossroads or at the end of the road?

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The Year in Music: August 2010

Continuing out look at the year’s most notable events in the world of music, here’s what happened in August 2010.

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ACL Music Festival Day One: 8 October 2010 - Austin, TX

The first of our three day coverage of the Austin City Limits Music Festival finds PopMatters' Eddie Ciminelli experiencing euphoria, nostalgia and some serious fatigue.

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Lollapalooza: 6 Aug 2010 - Chicago

Yes, Lolla was bigger than ever this year, but was it better? In a word, yes.

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Joey Ramone Birthday Bash feat. Alarm, The Star Spangles, The Strokes, and Wayne Kramer

Joey Ramone deserves a celebration once a year, every year, until the end of time. And one without Matt Pinfield and circus freaks just wouldn't suffice.

Adam Williams
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The Strokes

For those steeped in the scene of present-day New York, it's easy to forget that, at the turn-of-the-century, not only did the local scene not compare, but that there wasn't really a scene at all.

Doug Levy
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The Strokes: First Impressions of Earth

The Strokes venture into uncharted territory and offer a disc twice as long and half as good as their now classic first two records.

Kevin Jagernauth
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The Strokes

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The Strokes

Jon Garrett and Whet Moser
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