Julian Casablancas

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    October 15, 2014

    How Metronomy 
Frontman Joseph Mount Got Scooped by Daft Punk

    When Joseph Mount of London-based Metronomy listened to Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, he realized he'd have to change the direction of "Boy Racers," the most upbeat song on his band's 2013 album, Love Letters. He had intended to have the song include a German narrator speaking about how fast b ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

    6 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Week

    Have you recovered from Mad Decent Block Party? Last weekend, everything musical in Phoenix paused to give space for what is arguably the largest EDM event that will happen this year. This week, the Phoenix music universe has adjusted, compensating for the overabundance of beats and turntables with ... More >>

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    April 14, 2013

    No, Seriously, Is Daft Punk Playing Coachella?

    This is, so far, the burning question of this Coachella, being asked everywhere from the campsites to the press tent. Even though the French dance-punk duo officially squashed the rumors, not many people seem to be buying it. At least, not since last night. Just before Yeah Yeah Yeahs took the m ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012

    Blake Mills: Fiona Apple's Guitarist Makes Killer Pop on His Own

    Blake Mills isn't a household name, but like classic sidemen of lore (David Lindley, Ry Cooder, Leon Russell), he's makes an impact wherever he shows up. As a guitarist in Fiona Apple's band (he's performing with her on Tuesday, September 18, at Mesa Arts Center), Lucinda Williams, Cass McCombs, B ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    Top Five Must-See Shows This Week

    Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the coolest, our top five must-see shows this week.

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    September 6, 2012
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    January 3, 2012

    Songs To Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

    So right about now you're looking that weight rack right in the eye, cursing yourself for getting fat in the first place. But not to worry. For years, musicians have been recording songs for just this kind of thing. Your New Year's Resolution is easier to achieve if you just listen to the subtle, s ... More >>

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    December 13, 2011

    Top 10 Songs of 2011: Christina Caldwell

    White Denim​Welcome to another installment of Up on the Sun's 2011 Review. Over the next week, we'll be counting down our favorite songs, shows, national and local releases of 2011. This installment comes from Christina Caldwell, who came on board as a major contributor to Up on the Sun this y ... More >>

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    September 9, 2011

    Army Navy, Locksley and The Postelles Vie for Best Power Pop Release of Summer 2011

    Big Hassle MediaThe timeless power pop of Los Angeles' Army Navy makes for a great summertime soundtrack.​Like your favorite comfort food, power pop music is familiar, tasty and satisfying... and, sometimes, it's the only thing you want. If you consider The Raspberries' 1972 self-titled debut ... More >>

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    August 10, 2011

    Five Overlooked Albums of 2011 Thus Far

    Ford & Lopatin - Channel Pressure​With the massive amount of new music in any given calendar year, it's easy to let more than a few quality albums slip under your radar. There's absolutely nothing wrong with getting an album, being excited for it and really planning on listening to it to only ... More >>

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    April 20, 2011

    Overheard at Coachella​Sometimes one of the best parts of a concert experience can be what you hear someone else say before, during, or after the show.Obviously there's plenty of crazy shit that goes on at Coachella, which makes for a lot of great selective listening. Some people dress up to get ... More >>

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    March 14, 2011

    Predicting the Top Ten Lines From Forthcoming Reviews of The Strokes' Angles

    The Strokes - Angles​Angles, the fourth album from New York indie rock gods The Strokes, will be released two weeks from tomorrow. We've already heard both lead single "Under the Cover of Darkness" as well as another track from the album "You're So Right." Our own Lenni Rosenbaum offered up t ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    Grading The Strokes Side-Projects: Which Bandmate Did the Best During Their Long Hiatus?

    The Strokes​ It's been five years since The Strokes released their last album, First Impressions Of Earth. For a while it looked as if we may not be getting another record. Reports of tensions and creative differences within the group led many to believe that First Impressions might be the band ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    The Strokes Album Was Delayed Due To Casablancas' Differences

    ​The Strokes' experiences while recording their upcoming album Angles wasn't so happy-go-lucky throughout the entire process, according to NME.There was plenty of resentment amongst the band members. Things got better after they moved to a new location to complete the recording process, but until ... More >>

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    February 14, 2011

    Valentine's Day Songs That Tell it Like it is

    Not everyone is either totally head-over-heels in love or bitter and lonely on Valentine's Day.Some people are a little more realistic -- a little more down to earth -- about things.What about the rest of us? Whether you recently got dumped, have a crush, or just wanna get laid, there's a song out t ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    Download New Strokes Single "Under Cover Of Darkness"

    ​It seemed like only this morning when there was a countdown on the official website for The Strokes for 1 PM local time -- the exact time when the band's new single "Under Cover of Darkness" was going to be available for a free download. Well, the waiting game is finally over."Under Cover of Dark ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010
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    December 21, 2010

    10 Indie Rock Christmas Songs for Your Holiday Season

    Sufjan Stevens​ The Holiday season can be a stressful time. While it's meant to be the one time in the whole year that everyone is a little bit nicer and a little bit happier, certain things can make you just the opposite. If you're anything like me, you've procrastinated all year long and now ... More >>

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    November 17, 2010

    New Album From the Strokes on Its Way to Being Complete

    ​The Strokes have finally finished a long awaited album, according to SPIN.While the mixing and mastering still has yet to be done, the recording process itself has been completed.After working out their differences and deciding to go forth with making a new album, they worked with Beck and White ... More >>

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    November 10, 2010

    Best Coast at Rhythm Room Last Night

    Shawn AndersonBest Coast singer Bethany Constentino on stage at Rhythm Room on November 9, 2010.​Best CoastRhythm Room, PhoenixNovember 9, 2010A comment left on my Facebook check-in at last Night's Best Coast concert at Rhythm Room:"Good luck listening to the same song with different lyrics over a ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010
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    September 16, 2010
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    September 10, 2010

    Jonathan Sakas: Albatross

    ​Artist: Jonathan SakasTitle: Debut LP AlbatrossBasics: Wait, what? An album that isn't countrified in any way? Someone arranging tracks with a synthesizer?Sakas is from Arizona, right?Indeed he is -- which makes his debut album Albatross all the more intriguing. You may be thinking: Hey, jac ... More >>

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    June 11, 2010

    Odds 'n' Sods: Delta Spirit, Stereo Total, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Cringe, The Dig, and more

    ​Let's clear off the desk, shall we?Stereo Total: Baby Ouh! -- This band on the Kill Rock Stars label is a multi-lingual new-New Wave boy-girl band with songs sung in English, German, and French. It's quirky with a capital "Q" and not nearly as charming as it thinks it is. Still, most songs are un ... More >>

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    April 28, 2010

    MGMT: Cool Music, Bland Fashion Sense?

    MGMT: Interesting music, plain clothes?​For better or worse, music and fashion have been tied together for a long time. GQ published a short photo spread featuring several indie-cool bands all decked out in designer suits. While I always love a sharp-dressed man, it's hard to feel good about indie ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010
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    February 12, 2010

    Guns N' Roses Disgraces the Hallowed Ground of CBGB

    Well, let's face it. That ground was desecrated in April 2008. A year and a half after the legendary punk club closed down, John Varvatos opened a boutique store on the spot. Since then, it has become something of an underground tradition for those passing by the intersection at Bowery and Bleecker ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    MGMT, Vivian Girls, et al. to Cover David Bowie

    ​Let's face it. Cover albums are usually a bad idea. While it's wonderful to see one artist admire another so much that (s)he wishes to have a recording permanently linking the two together, most of the time the art of the craft is lost. David Bowie's Pin Ups is an exception, widely considered ... More >>

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    January 1, 2010

    Arty Girl: "Rewind Remix Replay" at SMoCA

    A few months ago, I was quasi-obsessed with this: It's a video/preview/advertisement for the new Julian Casablancas album. The whole thing is filled with compelling visuals with instrumental parts of the songs - edited like a movie trailer. Of course, being that I really enjoy this album, I'm charme ... More >>

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    December 9, 2009

    Best New Christmas Song of 2009? Hear The Killers, Bob Dylan, Julian Casablancas and Sugarland

    ​Christmas songs are one place where "new" definitely doesn't equal "good" in the minds of the masses, even in the newness-focused realm of popular music.Personally I'm pretty attached to The Beach Boys' "Little Saint Nick" and Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas is You," the two greatest pop ... More >>

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    December 9, 2009

    Sal Reza, Bob Dylan, Phoenix Public Market, and Paris Hilton

    ​In the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Feathered Bastard: Help Sal Reza's Macehualli Center Tomorrow by Eating at Applebee's Up on the Sun: The Lo ... More >>

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    November 24, 2009

    What's Selling: Zia Records Tempe

    ​College kids and Mill Avenue nutters flock to Zia Tempe for their bountiful, jam-packed selection. They had a big week with Wale topping out their charts, and Nirvana snagging two seats in the top 10. Here's what has their customers are going gaga.1. Wale - Attention Deficit2. Slayer - World Pain ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    50 Cent Twitter Spam, Free Pixies EP, New MIA

    Electric Mustache: Download A Free Pixies EPIdolator: Oh Awesome, I Got Twitter-Spammed By 50 CentIdolator: No Doubt Are Not Feeling Hella Good About Their "Band Hero" CameosNME: MIA working on 'Gucci Mane meets Animal Collective' albumNME: Strokes' Julian Casablancas preparing 'Pink Floyd laser sho ... More >>

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    October 26, 2009

    2010 Early Releases -- Yeasayer, Vampire Weekend -- Shaping Up Quite Well

    These fine young men call themselves Yeasayer and will have their sophomore album ready for February 2010​Is it too early to look ahead to already announced albums with 2010 release dates? No, especially when those releases carry the clout of such bands as Vampire Weekend, Yeasayer and Arcade Fire ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    Katharine McPhee's New Hair, Kanye Interupts Obama, Details on New Vampire Weekend

    Electric Mustache: Electric Mustache Is Blog of the Week!Idolator: Katharine McPhee: Over Her Brown Hair, Not Over Classic Adult-Contemporary StylingsIdolator: Kanye West: Back To Reality?NME: The Strokes' Julian Casablancas reveals release date for debut solo albumPitchfork: Vampire Weekend Announc ... More >>

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    September 1, 2009

    Foo Fighters Greatest Hits, Blueprint 3 Leak, Street Scene Reviewed

    Idolator: Vh1 Can't Stop Getting Behind Bret MichaelsNME: Strokes' Julian Casablancas makes solo live debut in Japan - videoPitchfork: Foo Fighters Greatest Hits Album DueRolling Stone: Jay-Z Stays Calm Over "Blueprint 3″ Leak, Tells Fans "Enjoy It"Silver Platter: launch parties t ... More >>

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    August 31, 2009

    Jay-Z Sees Grizzly Bear Concert, Julian Casablancas' Cover Art, Mini T's at The Icehouse

    Electric Mustache: Photos: Miniature Tigers at The Ice House 8/29/2009Idolator: Is "Pork & Beans" Really The Third-Best Music Video Of The Past Ten Years?Idolator: Five Reasons Why Jay-Z's Attendance At Yesterday's Grizzly Bear Show Wasn't All That SurprisingNME: Police to review death of Rollin ... More >>

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    July 14, 2009

    Strokes Singer Solo Album In The Works, Anniversary of Disco Destruction Night, Panic At The Disco Split Continues To Unfold,

    NME: The Strokes' Julian Casablancas to release solo album - exclusive Waved Rumor: "Dis-co Sucks!" Disco Demolition Night, Comiskey Park, Chicago, July 12, 1979 Idolator: Jack White Can't Get Out Of Music Writers' Spotlights Rolling Stone: Ex-Panic! At the Disco Members Will Embrace Beach Boys, Kin ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    The Free Way

    Kinch Makes Advances by Giving Their First Album Away

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    November 13, 2008
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    March 16, 2006

    Slowly, Stroke Them

    Rock phenoms graduate from it-band status

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    January 12, 2006

    The Strokes

    First Impressions of Earth

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    January 3, 2002

    Pretty Vacant

    New Times' panel of critics searches for musical gems in a disheartening 2001

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    October 25, 2001

    Are They It?

    Believe the hype, because The Strokes are as good as advertised

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    October 11, 2001

    The Strokes

    Is This It (RCA)