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Governors Ball 2014, Day 2: Jack White, The Strokes, Sleigh Bells go big

At any weekend festival, Saturday is typically the most important day; it also tends to be the best attended. (Friday gets cut off because it’s still a work day; Sunday gets truncated because of exhaustion.)

With that many people going all-in, everything gets heightened: the weather hits harder, the choices made about who to watch and what to skip become more dramatic, and the pressure gets ratcheted up for everybody on stage, especially the closers.

Such was the case on Saturday, the second day of Governors Ball 2014, and luckily, headliner Jack White is no stranger to pressure. White has headlined many a festival before, so he’s an old hand at commanding the whims of tens of thousands at a time, and he stuck to the biggest meat-and-potatoes riffs in his catalog to keep the crowd stirred after a long day of baking in the sun.  READ FULL STORY

Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. on drug use: 'I used to shoot cocaine, heroin and ketamine'

Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. is about to release a solo EP called AHJ — a collection of songs featuring seemingly confessional lyrics like “I can’t believe I lost my mind.”

It turns out right around the time his old band was peaking, so was Hammond—on a remarkable cocktail of narcotics. In a conversation with NME, the four-years-sober Hammond detailed his descent into addiction. “Oxycontin and cocaine at 24, 25, 26,” said Hammond, 33. ” And then I became [addicted to] heroin around then. So from 25, 27 till 29.”

“It’s not so much that I wasn’t in a happy place,” Hammond told the NME. “God knows where I was. I was just very high. I used to shoot cocaine, heroin and ketamine. All together. Morning, night, 20 times a day. I look back and I don’t even recognize myself. I did my own thing. I mean, you have moments when you’re fine. And if someone meets you, you seem fine.”

Luckily for Hammond, he managed to have his moment of clarity and get clean. “I think drugs were a great way to get out of your head. You enjoy that for a while, it helps you to go to new places,” he said. “But then it stops you from growing and puts you in a place where you’re just not as good as you could be. I’m not judging. I did it hard and for a long time, so I’m in no place to judge, nor would I. Something clicked one day, and I got out of it.”

The Strokes didn’t do any press surrounding their last album Comedown Machine, and Hammond still isn’t talking about that release. “We thought it’d be cool to keep a quietness to it, to see what a record would do [if you could only] listen to it,” Hammond said of the album, noting that he thought the press misunderstood it.

The five-track EP AHJ, due October 8 will be released on Strokes bandmate Julian Casablancas’ record label.

The Strokes release new single 'One Way Trigger': Hear it here


We’re not going to lie: when we first hit play, we thought we’d accidentally clicked on the wrong song.

“One Way Trigger,” the Strokes’ first new work since 2011’s Angles, starts off with lead singer Julian Casablancas sounding … not quite like his usual self. The sly synths and jumpy guitars were there, but the falsetto had us fooled, more evocative of, say, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke than the famously ennui-plagued Strokesman.

But by the propulsive single’s second verse, Casablancas gives himself away, and everything makes sense again: this is not only a Strokes song, but a damn good one.

Give the track a listen below:


Drew Barrymore talks directing Supervideo for band Best Coast and chooses her five favorite music videos -- EXCLUSIVE

Drew Barrymore latest project has taken her behind the camera once again. The actress (on screen next in February 2012’s Everybody Loves Whales) and director (2009’s Whip It) has gone behind the camera once again to helm a clip for garage-pop trio Best Coast’s single “Our Deal,” featuring young Hollywood breakouts Chloë Moretz (Let Me In) and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) in a dreamy homage to The Warriors and West Side Story. The 10-minute MTV Supervideo, a concept developed by the network and executive producer Kashy Khaledi, also features appearances by Alia Shawkat, Miranda Cosgrove, Donald Glover and Shailene Woodley. “I’m so inspired by music,” says Barrymore. “So many performances and emotions and feelings enable an actor on set if you play live music.” We asked the star to pick a few of her all-time favorite clips. READ FULL STORY

The Strokes bring new album, crowds, fireworks to SXSW

“Hey man, Merry Christmas,” Julian Casablancas called from Austin’s Auditorium Shores stage.

And it might as well have been a holiday for fans of the Strokes, which performed a free show Thursday night during the SXSW music festival, playing their classic hits plus songs from the band’s divisive new album, Angles.

The show drew an estimated 20,000 people, filling to capacity the typically tranquil lakeside venue. Outside, angry shut-outs got rowdy and attempted to pull down the Shores fence before police stepped in (there is nothing more meager than indie-rock fans attempting to riot). READ FULL STORY

The Strokes' 'Angles' now streaming online: Read our review here

A full week in advance of its planned March 22 release date, The Strokes have released a full official stream of their fifth album, Angles, on their website. (Click here to listen.)

Below, find Amanda Petrusich’s review, also running in this week’s print edition: READ FULL STORY

Kanye West, Cee-Lo, TV on the Radio and more to perform this week at SXSW

If you think Austin, Texas’ South by Southwest festival is only a showcase for new talent, think again.

This year’s music portion, beginning Wednesday, March 16, features several heavyweights, including TV on the Radio, the Strokes, Cee-Lo Green, emerging hip-hop collective Odd Future, Erykah Badu, and Lupe Fiasco. But one star on the week’s lineup is being touted as the can’t miss act: Kanye West. The polarizing rhymer is set to hit the Vevo PowerStation, Saturday March 19. This won’t be the first time West performs there; in 2009, he and his G.O.O.D. Music acts Mr. Hudson and Big Sean rocked the Fader Fort.

Check out the video promo for West’s show this Saturday after the jump.


Kanye, Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, and the Strokes to headline Coachella festival

Coachella-lineupIf it doesn’t register on Kanye’s Twitter blast, did it really happen? In fact, yes; though Yeezy has yet to note it in 140 characters or less, he will indeed be headlining the 12th annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California—that sweltering, celebratory mix of alt and mainstream culture, on-the-cusp talent and elder statesmen.

West, a 2006 Coachella alum, will be joined for the April 15-17 by other returning performers, including headliners Kings of Leon, also there in ’07, and class of ’05 and ’07 members Arcade Fire, as well as the Strokes, Animal Collective, Robyn, Lauryn Hill, Cee Lo, the Black Keys, PJ Harvey, Mumford and Sons, Brandon Flowers, Sleigh Bells, Erykah Badu, the National, Wiz Khalifa, Bright Eyes, Best Coast, Ariel Pink, the Black Keys, Duran Duran, and many more. (for a full lineup, see here.)

Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 21 at 10:00am PST via, by phone at (800) 745-3000 and at Passes for all ages are $269 for a regular three-day pass or $699 VIP, plus various surcharges (layaway is available), and camping passes are $75. Children under 5 are free. But could it possibly be as bro-mazing as this?

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Strokes' new album reportedly coming in March: Do you still care?

the-strokesImage Credit: Cody SmythThe Strokes‘ new album might finally have a release date. Pitchfork and TwentyFourBit report that the NYC rockers, who began an extended hiatus after 2006’s First Impressions of Earth, will release their fourth LP March 22 via RCA. A rep for the label says there is still no official release date. READ FULL STORY

The Strokes return for first gig since 2006

the-strokesImage Credit: Kelly A. Swift/Retna Ltd.The Strokes are officially back. The NYC rockers ended a three-and-a-half-year vacation yesterday with a surprise show in London, their first public performance since October 2006. (Pictured in this post is another concert from shortly before their hiatus.) The NME has a full report on the set, which was booked under the tasty fake name “Venison” and lasted 18 songs. No new material, but this certainly seems like a good sign for that long-promised fourth album of theirs.

Last nite‘s audience was fairly small: just 500 people or so. Thanks to the magic of YouTube, you can now pretend you were among the lucky Londoners. Check out grainy audience footage of 2001 favorite “Is This It” after the jump (clip via Stereogum, which also has a few more songs). The guys are sounding pretty good!

The Strokes are headlining two U.K. festivals this weekend, and they’ll play Lollapalooza in August. Anyone looking forward to seeing them?


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