Music Bite: Phoenix & The Strokes To Headline FYF Fest 2014

May 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

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FYF Fest has just revealed its 2014 lineup – and boy is it good! The Los Angeles-based music festival has snagged major bands The Strokes and Phoenix as headliners, who will play alongside artists like Haim, Flying Lotus, Blood Orange, Grimes, Interpol, Death Grips and many more!

Other notable acts include Jamie xx, Darkside, Four Tet, Earl Sweatshirt, Mac Demarco, Albert Hammond Jr., Julian Casablancas, Run The Jewels, Kelela, Little Dragon, Ty Segall and Real Estate.

The festival will take place from August 23-24 at the LA Sports Arena Exposition Park. Tickets will be available on Thursday, May 22nd at Noon PST via the festival’s official websiteTwo-day passes will cost $129, while VIP passes will run for $229.

Music Bite: Albert Hammond Jr. Open Up About Past Drug Abuse

September 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

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The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr. has always appeared to be an easy-going and fun guy, but the musician has shared some revealing secrets about his dark past.

He recently spoke to NME about his former drug addictions, which included cocaine, heroin, ketamine and oxycontin. The addiction began in 2003 while The Strokes were recording their sophomore album Room On Fire. Hammond says, “It was, like, oxycontin and cocaine at 24, 25, 26. and then I became [addicted to] heroin around then. So from 26, 27 ’til 29. It’s not so much that I wasn’t in a happy place. I was just… God knows where I was. I was just very high. That’s where I was.”

Hammond continued down a downward spiral, telling the magazine: “I used to shoot cocaine, heroin and ketamine. All together. Morning, night, 20 times a day. You know, I was a mess. 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. But I remember when I was showing someone music and I was wearing a short shirt and (points to wrists)… there were just purple [track marks] all the way down here. And then they would call someone – ‘Did you see Albert, he looks crazy?’ That’s where I learned to wear long sleeves.”

The singer/guitarist entered rehab in 2009 and is now happily sober. Hammond is also gearing up for the October 8 release of his solo EP AHJvia bandmate Julian Casablanca’s Cult Records.

[Source: NME]

Photo Courtesy of: Rolling Stone

New Video: The Strokes – “All The Time”

March 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

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With their fifth studio album Comedown Machine releasing on March 26, The Strokes is putting their promo in full effect.

The NYC rockers released a new video for the lo-fi single “All The Time”, which uses archival footage to highlight the band’s career over the past decade.

Watch below:

[Source: SPIN]

New Music: The Strokes – “All The Time”

February 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

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After giving their fans a mini-stroke (ha!) with their synth-heavy track “One Way Trigger”, The Strokes take it back to their classic style with their latest single “All The Time”.

The lo-fi style and Julian Casablanca’s gritty vocals all sound too familiar, in a comforting rather than boring way.

Take a listen below:

Look out for Comedown Machine on March 26!

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Listen Here: The Strokes Make a Comeback With New Track “One Way Trigger”

January 25, 2013 § 1 Comment

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After revealing information about their upcoming album, The Strokes have dropped a new track called “One Way Trigger”. The track (which is not the official single) is reminiscent of their previous aesthetic with a Muse influence, layered with jittery synth-pop and an odd falsetto courtesy of Casablancas.

Listen for yourself below. If you like it, it’s available for free download:

Music Bite: The Strokes Announce Upcoming Album Release

January 17, 2013 § 1 Comment

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After releasing their highly criticized Angles in 2011, The Strokes is gearing up for another release later this year.

According to Billboard, the band will drop their new single “All The Time” any day now.

Look out for The Strokes’ fifth album coming soon. But in the meantime, check out their video for “Taken for a Fool” – one of the highlights from Angles:

[Source: NME]

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