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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
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Listening to WFNX 1983-2012

WLYN-FM, a 3000-watt station in Lynn, develops a reputation for breaking new acts and playing New Wave — if you can hear it, though most listeners in Boston can't.
Celebrating the live and times of 101.7 FM, Boston's only true alternative radio station
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 20, 2012
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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
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Coachella 2011 Photos: The Strokes, The Presets and The National

Concert photos of bands performing at the 12th Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival  
 Coachella | Indio, CA | April 16, 2011
By JANICE CHECCHIO  |  April 29, 2011
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Coachella builds a sweaty buzz over three days in the California desert

Coachella builds a sweaty buzz over three days in the California desert
Tough acts to follow
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  April 22, 2011

[video] The Strokes "Under Cover of Darkness" @ Coachella


There was a point during Sunday night's STROKES performance at Coachella, sometime between a fuck ton of people in an open field singing the chorus...
By Michael Marotta  |  April 19, 2011


The Strokes World Premiere Weekend: NOW

The Strokes World Premiere Weekend: NOW


Listen to WFNX all weekend long as we play chops from the choice-cut new album from THE STROKES, Angles.  It's seasoned to perfection. Street Date: ...
By FNXWeekenders  |  March 18, 2011

[mp3] The Strokes "Under Cover Of Darkness"


On May 22, 2001, THE STROKES released The Modern Age EP in North America, staring down a shit-stained stateside rock climate littered with Creeds, Dursts,...
By Michael Marotta  |  February 09, 2011
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Mistle Thrush reunite, remain indefinable

It's a fun bit of Boston rock trivia that on September 23, 1991, homegrown post-punk band Bullet LaVolta played WFNX's fifth-birthday show at Axis with two relative unknowns: the Smashing Pumpkins and, on the eve of Nevermind 's release, Nirvana.
Waking from a dream
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 28, 2011
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Winter music preview: Winter beats

James Blake, PJ Harvey, Cut Copy lead '11
James Blake, PJ Harvey, Cut Copy lead '11
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 31, 2010
Podcast: My Song Is Better Than Your Song 8-26-10

Podcast: My Song Is Better Than Your Song 8-26-10


It's "Ball & Chain" by Social Distortion (Picked by challengers Tall Boy Industries) vs "Reptilia" by The Strokes (Picked by the returning champion Christine) in...
By MorningIntern  |  August 26, 2010


VIDEO: The Strokes play their first show in years


THE STROKES went on hiatus four years ago after First Impressions of Earth and each member did his own thing for a while. But now...
By Ryan Stewart  |  June 10, 2010
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Holy rollers

This record grabs you by the throat from measure one.
Ten pounds of rock in a six-song Boo Box
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 12, 2010
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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 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
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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


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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
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VIDEO: Top 101 songs of the decade

WFNX's top 101 songs of the decade
The top 101 songs of the decade from WFNX 101.7 FM
By WFNX AND PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 18, 2009

Hottest songs of 2009



By PHOEBIE PHOENIX  |  December 18, 2009


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The Big Hurt: 10-year glitch

It boggles the mind that as recently as a decade ago, if you wanted to hear "Knockin' da Boots" by H-Town (and you did, believe me), you'd have to perform a primitive prayer ritual: you'd call some creepy guy with a really deep voice and beg him to play
The Big Hurt: A major decade for music — minus the music
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 18, 2009

Exclusive video: Metric covers the Strokes' "The End Has No End"


VIDEO: Metric, "The End Has No End" (Strokes cover, live at Hard Rock Cafe)Just before taking the stage at the House of Blues on Friday,...
By Carly Carioli  |  November 23, 2009
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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
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Review: Various artists | Tru Thoughts Covers

Brighton-based label Tru Thoughts emerged at the dawn of the millennium with hit down-tempo/IDM acts like Bonobo.
Tru Thoughts (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  September 18, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Attention whoring and headline parsing

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


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LA story

Ask people around here why they'd never move to LA and "the traffic" will reliably top the list. That sure sounds reasonable, but check it out: by not languishing in belching cars and rotting the sky for hours at a time, by not submitting to the forced
Little Joy's journey starts at home
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  June 19, 2009
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Phoenix | Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

The French have a way of adopting bits of marginalized American culture — jazz, Faulkner, film noir — and transforming them into something headier, smokier.
V2 (2009)
By JAKE COHEN  |  May 15, 2009
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Rogue wave

These days, younger, wiser bands simply don't bat their eyelashes at the majors like they used to.
The allure of the music industry may be long gone, but SXSW can still attract the underground to its edges
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 25, 2009
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The Big Hurt: The Obama jubilance debriefing

Obama is the first president in history to drop a HOVA reference in a campaign speech by way of a little hand-brushy motion, and rappers turned out in droves to support him.
When celebrities celebrate, metaphors suffer
By DAVID THORPE  |  November 18, 2008