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 of "Hard To Explain" and catching Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons grabbing WFNX's Paul Driscoll and going bat-shit bonkers, when all the Angles talk, comeback critiques, and dissertations about the current state of New York's greatest rock band of the 2000s just.
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, and commercialized pop-punk. Then, with a few throwback guitar chords, well-fit jackets and a swagger generally lacking in the ‘90s, the Strokes pretty much kickstarted a new era of garage rock.
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 they're back: they'll be playing festivals like Lollapalooza and the Isle of Wight, and they are currently recording a new studio album scheduled to be released in September. Julian Casablancas has been pretty upfront in interviews about the fact that the band are only really doing this for some cash (which hardly makes them unique among recent reunions - Frank Black and Stephen Malkmus both said similar things about their bands' respective reunions).
20 MORE PHOTOS: Julian Casablancas at the Paradise
Lucky us: Boston was on the short-list of JULIAN CASABLANCAS's solo-tour schedule. If you missed Daniel Brockman's interview with him in these pages last week, we grilled him again up in the WFNX studios prior to his Paradise Rock Club gig on Friday night.
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 I can really pull that off or anything."
-- Julian Casablancas, talking to the Phoenx about his new solo record
"There are a few words I did not expect to use in describing Vampire Weekend's second album.
Just before taking the stage at the House of Blues on Friday, METRIC ran over to the Hard Rock in Boston to perform a quick unplugged set for an intimate, fans-only unplugged set. The surprise of the bunch was an acoustic rendition of their version of the Strokes' "The End Has No End."