Bands, News

The Prophecy Of The Strokes: And They Will Cometh Together For A Fourth Studio Album.

Braden Rosner :: Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 8:20 pm

Looks like The Strokes will be (finally) reuniting for a crack at their long-awaited followup to 2006’s First Impressions of Earth. Follow the jump.



Live Reviews

Longwave Rocks Bowery with Unreleased Tunes

Amelia Kreminski :: Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 2:30 pm

I’ve lived in New York City for almost a year, and before last Saturday, I’d never been to a show at the Bowery Ballroom. I also work for a music magazine. I know, I know-it’s terrible. So on Saturday night, I thought I’d check out the indie rock group Longwave and their friends A Million Years.

The show marked the grand finale of a year of heavy touring for Longwave, and in celebration they played what was most likely the longest Longwave show to date, an expansive near two-hour set, with tunes spanning from their first album to their most recent output, Secrets are Sinister. The band also performed many previously unreleased songs and b-side tracks.

But do not fear! If you didn’t make it to the show, you can still hear the songs on their Myspace. From the electro-infused, rollicking indie pop tune “Razor on My Skin” to the mellow acoustic ballad “Everywhere You Turn,” these tracks aren’t something to be missed.

Find out more about Longwave’s upcoming projects, free downloads from their Franz Ferdinand-esque opening band A Million Years, and how to steal The Strokes’ old music gear after the jump. MORE »


Should I Listen?

Julian Casablancas: Phrazes For The Young

Isaac Lekach :: Friday, November 6th, 2009 9:30 am

Phrazes For The Young, Julian Casablancas’s solo record, came out this past Tuesday. If you haven’t heard it yet, it is streaming on Myspace, where his version of  “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” (the SNL holiday song) is also posted. There’s obviously been a fair amount of hype surrounding this release. Is it better than the Strokes? Albert Hammond Jr.’s records? Little Joy? Nickle-Eye? FUCK. Them’s are a lot of questions. Personally, Little Joy’s record (Strokes’ drummer Fab Moretti’s project, for those not in the know) is my favorite Strokes-related offering. But Julian’s record isn’t bad at all. It’s been criticized for its slick production courtesy of Jason Lader (Maroon 5, Rilo Kiley). Still, single “11th Dimension,” despite being too long, is quite a jam. “Glass” is another fav. Yes, Phrazes is certainly fit to tide us over until the next Strokes record comes. If it ever does. Should I listen? YES.



Har Mar Superstar’s Return

Stephen Blackwell :: Monday, October 26th, 2009 1:50 pm

Har Mar Superstar, the fat, balding Minnesota native who made waves in the electroclash scene of the early aughts, is back after a five year hiatus. For those of you who have forgotten, he was the ironic R&B foil to the Strokes’ retro rock and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs dissonant, pre-”Maps”  dance pop.

Har Mar doesn’t have any signature songs to speak of, but he is one of the best, if not the best, performing musician to watch while you’re drunk, or even slightly buzzed. Lucky for us New Yorkers, he’ll be performing two NYC shows this week, and will continue touring through the beginning of November. See the tour dates after the jump. MORE »



Julian Casablancas Announces L.A. Residency

Isaac Lekach :: Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 3:35 pm

Julian Casablancas’s solo debut Phrazes For The Young will be released via RCA on November 3rd. A Los Angeles residency was just announced in an effort to promote its release-but does the Strokes singer really need any help in the promo department? Everyone’s pretty hyped as it is. At any rate, Casablancas will perform the new material every Friday in November at the regal Downtown Palace Theater. Super fans can get a residency pass for $150.00. Individual tickets range from $35-$50. The pre-sale starts this Thursday. Click here to purchase.