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Music, All Shook Down Last Week: Taylor Swift Holds Her Own, Hayley Williams Holds Her Pee, and Gwen Stefani Can't Stop Laughing

Last Week: Taylor Swift Holds Her Own, Hayley Williams Holds Her Pee, and Gwen Stefani Can't Stop Laughing

"Being on my own, prioritizing my girlfriends, my family and my music above everything else and trying things I never thought I'd try... It's really been a liberating and freeing time... I made the decision to spend time on…
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Music, All Shook Down The Strokes Go <i>Donkey Kong</i> With "One Way Trigger"

The Strokes Go Donkey Kong With "One Way Trigger"

Before we play you the new Strokes single, "One Way Trigger," we feel like we should warm you up a little bit. We don't want to rush this. We want to get you in just the right mood. So, before…
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Music, All Shook Down This IS It: A Letter to the Perfume-Shilling Julian Casablancas

This IS It: A Letter to the Perfume-Shilling Julian Casablancas

Dear Julian Casablancas, Remember how the Strokes were good that one time in 2001? Yeah, we're ready to forget that ever happened -- but then again, we're pretty sure you already have. Once upon a time, you brought us the…
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Music, All Shook Down Coachella in Photos Day 3: Pavement, Gorillaz, Atoms For Peace, Matt & Kim, Phoenix

Coachella in Photos Day 3: Pavement, Gorillaz, Atoms For Peace, Matt & Kim, Phoenix

The last of photographer Christopher Victorio's great shots from the big desert fest down south, Coachella. Full slideshow here. …
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Music, All Shook Down

Phil Collins: Indie Hipsters' Non-Guilty Pleasure

Peter Gabriel may be courting indie rock with his reciprocal covers albums Scratch My Back and the forthcoming I'll Scratch Yours - featuring the likes of Bon Iver and the Arcade Fire - but don't discount indiedom's growing love for…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Julian Casablancas at the Regency Ballroom

Last Night: Julian Casablancas at the Regency Ballroom

Julian CasablancasTuesday, Nov. 17, 2009The Regency Ballroom(Not) better than: The Strokes, Little Joy, Albert Hammond, Jr.It has to be hard, breaking into the 2000s as the symbol of the hipsters overtaking the mainstream, only to fall down to the bottom…
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Music, All Shook Down What to Do? Tuesday's Pick: Julian Casablancas

What to Do? Tuesday's Pick: Julian Casablancas

Julian Casablancas @ Regency Ballroom Long the Strokes' slurred voice of sleazy cool, Julian Casablancas has become the latest member of that band to indulge in a side project. In his case, it's an eight-song solo album, Phrazes for the…
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Music, Hear This Julian Casablancas

Julian Casablancas

Long the Strokes' slurred voice of sleazy cool, Julian Casablancas has become the latest member of that band to indulge in a side project. In his case, it's an eight-song solo album, Phrazes for the Young. Swimming in retro synths…
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Music, Hear This Lissy Trullie

Lissy Trullie

Pop-radio-ready garage-rock has a(nother) New York face, and this one is much prettier than Julian Casablancas. It belongs to much-hyped Lissy Trullie, the erstwhile model who found some shaggy Strokes-via-Television riffs lying in the gutter, snatched 'em up, and ran…
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Calendar, Night&Day Paradise Found

Paradise Found

The Virgins could very well be the poster boys for the modern hipster nightmare. Four roguish lads — two of whom actually met at a photo shoot for frequent Vice photographer Ryan McGinley — running around New York City, wearing…
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Music, Sweet Somethings

Sweet Somethings

The disaffected, downtown-mod persona of the Strokes rests heavily on frontman Julian Casablancas. The band's chief songwriter comes off equal parts aloof introvert and sly trickster. Watching him perform, you wonder if he covets the spotlight or resents the intrusion…
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Music, Reviewed The Herms

The Herms

The Herms' full-length debut, Record Machine, has a fitting title. Most indie rock bands these days are like computers, extracting hooks 'n' sounds from their fave records and craftily synthesizing them into catchy, patchwork pop — something this San Fran…
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Music, Reviewed The Strokes

The Strokes

The Strokes have enjoyed too charmed an existence to justify their turn from crafting garage-flavored party-rock to garage-heavy diatribes against fame and fortune, but here they are, cynical and angst-ridden on First Impressions of Earth. And clearly that’s by design.…
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Music, Reviewed Low Flying Owls

Low Flying Owls

The irony of modern-day progressive rock is that the title is usually given to bands that have embraced a retro sound. Where's the progress in that? Sacramento's Low Flying Owls are guilty of being both progressive and retro on their…
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Music, Old Faithful

Old Faithful

The best assessment I've read so far of the new Strokes record came from Nick Hornby. Hornby wrote the review three years ago in the novel How to Be Good, cleverly disguising it as the musings of a woman comparing…
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