Their very first recording, The Modern Age EP is the Strokes in utero, before the expectations that would soon be heaped upon them, cocky in a sweetly naïve way. "Last Night" would become their first hit, and here it's skeletal and alive, sounding like some nebulous, punked-up combination of skiffle and Dixieland (not in terms of sound, but approach — the way the rapid guitar downstrokes and bouncy rhythm banter with one another). "Barely Legal" is cool, calm and collected, singer Julian Casablanacas 'voice sporting a sneer like his boy Mick Jagger once had. The title track is exhilarating — Nick Valensi's guitar comes in with a staccato counterpoint, snapping the song into three dimensions; Fab Moretti's drums slap like hands on a tabletop, switching from regular- to double-time seemingly on a whim; and that chorus, restrained but explosive, offering complete and cathartic release. If only they really had been rock & roll's future.
By Andrew Parks on 09.04.12 in Icons
Not to pull an I-was-there or anything, but the first time I saw an Animal Collective show – eight years ago at a decrepit art space in Philadelphia – I thought the whole thing was an elaborate joke, an Andy Kaufman-esqu...
By Marc Hogan on 01.29.15 in News
Tom Petty has spoken out about the recent news that he gained a songwriting credit and share of the royalties from Sam Smith's 2014 hit "Stay With Me." Petty emphasizes that he wasn't upset about the song's similarities...
By Eric Ducker on 09.29.14 in Features
"We figure, if people like rock 'n' roll music, they'll like this, 'cause it says 'rock 'n' roll' on it."
By Marc Hogan on 09.24.14 in News
Could there be a Voidz without the Strokes? Julian Casablancas's other band played The Tonight Show with Jay Leno way back in 2002, and it's a kick to go back and watch the '00s New York garage-rock standard-bearers at t...