Julian Casablancas

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The Strokes | Comedown Machine

The Strokes burst out in a post-9/11 musical world with a sound that was compact and airtight, melodies coiled frictionlessly in beats and fuzzed vocals.
RCA (2013)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 22, 2013

The Strokes a decade after the debut

Let's face it: popular music is a lie. But it's the lie we crave: that the Beatles taught us how to love, that the Pistols taught us to be fierce, and that the Strokes — with their debut long-player released 10 years ago this week — delivered us from a
That was it
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 08, 2011
Julian Casablancas at Lupo's

Julian Casablancas at Lupo's

Given that the Strokes were one of the catchiest little guitar bands to ever bounce around New York, it's more than a bit odd to...
By webteam  |  March 17, 2010

Review: Julian Casablancas at the Paradise

Casablancas's solo debut, Phrazes for the Young (RCA), is a bizarre and twisted romp through sophisticated musical stylings that, especially in a live setting, sound light years away from the compact garage minimalism of early Strokes. This was evident
Julian Casablancas, live at the Paradise Rock Club, January 8, 2010
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 15, 2010

Photos: Julian Casablancas at the Paradise

Julian Casablancas at the Paradise Rock Club
Julian Casablancas, live at the Paradise Rock Club, January 8, 2010
By JULIAN FURTAK  |  January 15, 2010
Photos and Video: Julian Casablancas at the Paradise Rock Club, and live on WFNX

Photos and Video: Julian Casablancas at the Paradise Rock Club, and live on WFNX

20 MORE PHOTOS: Julian Casablancas at the ParadiseLucky us: Boston was on the short-list of JULIAN CASABLANCAS's solo-tour schedule. If you missed Daniel Brockman's interview...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 11, 2010


Prep rally

Much of the early backlash that followed the Strokes' meteoric rise had to do with the idea that a '00s punk revival couldn't be spearheaded by a band of moneyed prep-school twerps — as if boarding school and rock stars didn't go together like marmalade
Rock's rich history of boarding-school brats
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 08, 2010

Stroke of genius

Julian Casablancas is in control, for better or worse. Better, in the sense that he is finally seeing the release of his debut solo album, Phrazes for the Young (RCA), in which he steps out of the stripped-down style of the Strokes — his blockbuster un
Julian Casablancas goes it alone
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 08, 2010

Julian Casablancas on what's wrong with his solo record. Plus: the 76th bullshit Britney story of 2009

Highlights from this week's music pile: "I guess I always had a kind of fantasy of being, you know, a modern composer — not like...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 07, 2010
The Sandbox interviews Julian Casablancas

The Sandbox interviews Julian Casablancas

Charlie and Fletcher spoke with Julian Casablancas about his solo album, Phrazes for the Young, The Strokes and his favorite albums of the last 10...
By Charlie  |  December 18, 2009

Julian Casablancas | Phrazes for the Young

Someday, a great rock film will be made. The opening shot is of a wasted rock star, bejeweled and clad in the finest leather, with white panthers circling the living room of his Parthenon-esque manse as he hits PLAY on a comically large reel-to-reel.
RCA (2009)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 06, 2009


The Big Hurt: Attention whoring and headline parsing

Slow news week.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 18, 2009

Slouching toward irrelevance

Albert Hammond Jr. may come from money, but he also comes from music.
Albert Hammond Jr., Paradise Rock Club, June 14, 2007
By MATT ASHARE  |  June 18, 2007

Cinematic trends

If it seems there’s a glut of good shows around town this week, that’s because hundreds of bands have converged on the Northeast for New York’s answer to South by Southwest, the CMJ Music Marathon, which wraps up this weekend.
CMJ Music Marathon bands  
By WILL SPITZ  |  October 30, 2006

The 40 greatest concerts in Boston history: 31

The Strokes | Gallery Bershad | April 21, 2001
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 25, 2006

On the racks: October 24, 2006

Plus Miho Hatori and Arctic Monkeys.
John Legend, Sparta, the Drones, and Albert Hammond, Jr.
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 24, 2006


Albert Hammond Jr.

The strong-but-silent Strokes guitarist sounds sheepish on his debut solo album, but his voice is suitably dreamy and the songs are just short enough for it to hold together.
Yours To Keep | Rough Trade
By LEON NEYFAKH  |  October 24, 2006

Different Strokes?

I feel bad for Julian Casablancas, as strange as that may sound. Slideshow: The Strokes at Bank of America Pavillion Slideshow: The Mess Hall and Wolfmother at Bank of America Pavillion
The Strokes and Wolfmother at the Bank of America Pavilion, September 13, 2006
By WILL SPITZ  |  September 18, 2006

Life got you down?

A few days ago, my computer went to shit on me, something I never thought would happen.
Misery loves company
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  May 15, 2006

Third impressions

"With new bands I always listen to the third album," the Kinks’ Ray Davies has said. "That’s the real key to know what’s going to happen."
Do the Strokes have anything left to say?
By WILL SPITZ  |  January 14, 2006