The Strokes give creepy infomercial vibes in ‘Bad Decisions’

Another new song from the Strokes?

Has Christmas come early?

No matter because we’re not going to look a gift horse in the mouth.

On Tuesday (Feb. 18), the New York-founded band unleashed another new track from their upcoming new album. Titled “Bad Decisions,” the song comes in at almost five minutes, you know, the typical runtime for a Strokes song.

Watch the music video for “Bad Decisions,” which gives some serious creepy 1950s/1960s infomercial vibes above.

“Bad Decisions” is the second official single from the band’s upcoming sixth studio effort, The New Abnormal. The forthcoming release is due out April 10. Pre-save and pre-order options are currently available on the band’s website.

The New Abnormal is the much-anticipated follow-up to 2017’s Comedown Machine.

Last week, the group formally announced the new album by releasing its first single “At the Door.”

To coincide with the record, the group announced plans to embark on a short North American outing in March. The gigs include stops at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver on March 5, the WaMu Theatre in Seattle on March 9, and the Forum in Los Angeles on March 14.

Before announcing the three solo shows, the group had been confirmed for several music festivals, including III Points in Miami, Shaky Knees in Atlanta, Primavera Sound in Spain, Corona Capital in Mexico, and more. The Strokes upcoming tour itinerary can be found here.

The Strokes announce their new studio album, drop its lead single

And just like that, the Strokes new studio album has a name and a release date.

On Tuesday (Feb. 11), the New York-founded band confirmed the title and fast-approaching release date for their sixth studio effort. Titled The New Abnormal, the forthcoming release is due out April 10. Pre-save and pre-order options are currently available on the band’s website.

In true Strokes fashion, their email to fans was straight to the point, revealing all the good news and signing off with “Thanks for your patience. We were just waiting for the right moment to tell you. Good talk.”

To coincide with the new album announcement, the band also released the record’s first single, “At the Door.” Watch the almost six-minute music video for the new song above.

The New Abnormal is the much-anticipated follow-up to 2017’s Comedown Machine.

Last month, the group announced plans to embark on a short North American outing for March. The gigs include the Rogers Arena in Vancouver on March 5, the WaMu Theatre in Seattle on March 9, and the Forum in Los Angeles on March 14.

Before announcing the three solo shows, the group had been confirmed for several music festivals, including III Points in Miami, Shaky Knees in Atlanta, Primavera Sound in Spain, Corona Capital in Mexico, and more. The Strokes upcoming tour itinerary can be found here.

Last night, the group headed over to Durham, New Hampshire, for a Bernie Sanders rally. According to several media outlets, they performed an 11-song set, which included “Bad Decisions” from the new album as well as “New York City Cops” (surrounded by real uniformed cops), and a cover of the Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House.” The full rally can be seen here.

The Strokes plot mini North American tour for March

Huzzah! The Strokes are finally making a comeback. It just took them a little while.

On Tuesday (Jan. 28), the New York-founded band announced a handful of arena shows for early March.

The newly announced gigs include the Rogers Arena in Vancouver on March 5, the WaMu Theatre in Seattle on March 9, and the Forum in Los Angeles on March 14.

Canadian indie-pop act Alvvays will open for the Strokes during all three shows while King Princess will join the two acts during the Los Angeles gig.

Tickets for all three shows go on sale this Friday, Jan. 31.

The three North American shows are just the beginning for the Strokes. The group’s tour itinerary already includes a slew of music festivals such as III Points in Miami, Shaky Knees in Atlanta, Primavera Sound in Spain, Corona Capital in Mexico, and more.

All of the upcoming shows are in support of the band’s yet-to-be-officially-announced new album.

During the band’s New Year’s gig at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, frontman Julian Casablancas revealed that the group will have a new album out by the end of the year.

“Yeah, we’ve got a new album coming out soon,” Casablancas told the crowd.

“2020, here we come. The 2010s, whatever the fuck they’re called, we took ‘em off. And now we’ve been unfrozen, and we’re back. If you really love someone, you’ll be frozen with them. You know what? I don’t know what I say generally, and I ramble a lot, but I love you guys, and it’s a real honor to share the stage and this night with you guys.”

the new album will be the follow-up to 2013’s Comedown Machine.

THE STOKES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:

March 5 – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
March 9 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater
March 14 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum

The Strokes, Robyn, Wu-Tang Clan to headline III Points 2020

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Come for the sun and sand and stay for the….eclectic music festival?

Well, when Will Smith said, “Welcome to Miami,” he was definitely onto something.

On Tuesday (Jan. 21), the lineup for the 2020 incarnation of Miami’s III Points Music Festival was unleashed, and to say that the headliners are surprising would be an understatement.

Headlining this year’s event will be the Strokes (they know South Florida exists?), Robyn, Wu-Tang Clan, and Disclosure.

Both the Strokes and Robyn will make their III Points debut this year. For The Strokes, this is their long-awaited return to the Magic City; the group’s last appearance was in 2002.

Joining the Strokes, Robyn, Wu-Tang Clan, and Disclosure will be Kaytranada, Caribou, Amon Tobin Presents Two Fingers, Chris Lake, Stereolab, Tycho and Green Velvet, and more.

Bringing in some local Miami flavor to the otherwise “worldly” lineup will be Jaialai, Donzii, Thunderpony, Las Nubes, Haute Tension, Butterfly Snapple, Ghostflower and Palomino Blond.

At the end of the two-day event, over 90 performers would have taken over the music festival’s many stages/locations.

III Points will return to its longtime home of Miami’s Wynwood Arts District during the weekend of May 1-2. Tickets for the event go on sale this Friday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m. ET. Two-day passes start at $99, while VIP admission will run you $249 for both days.

Usually thrown in February, this year’s event was postponed a couple of months due to Super Bowl LIV taking over South Florida during that time frame. Let’s just say, Miamians like to party, but Super Bowl LIV + III Points may have been a little too much.

For more information about III Points, visit III Points’ website.

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The Black Keys, The Smashing Pumpkins, and The Strokes to headline Shaky Knees 2020

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It’s starting to look a lot like music festival season!

On Wednesday (Nov. 20), Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Festival unveiled its lineup for the 2020 incarnation of the annual event.

Headlining the three-day gig will be The Black Keys, The Smashing Pumpkins, and The Strokes.

Joining the already-stacked lineup will be the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Portugal. The Man, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Of Monster and Men, Liam Gallagher (hopefully not throwing shade at this brother for once), Angels and Airwaves, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes fame, The Front Bottoms, The Darkness, and a slew more.

If you thought that was enough, then you would be wrong. According to the official poster for the event, more acts will be announced at a later date.

“I am really excited to bring our fans a lineup that continues to celebrate both up, and coming acts and established powerhouses like the return of headliner The Strokes and first-time headliners The Black Keys and The Smashing Pumpkins,” Shaky Knees founder Tim Sweetwood said in a press statement.

“To be able to produce a world-class festival in my hometown of Atlanta, year after year, is truly special.”

At the time of publication, it was rumored that over 65 artists will take over one of the four stages during the weekend-long show.

Shaky Knees will return to its home of Central Park in downtown Atlanta during the weekend of May 1-3. Tickets are currently on sale on the music festival’s website. There are several packages to pick from, which is good for people who may be strapped for cash cause you know, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are around the corner.

Check out the full lineup below.

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Twenty One Pilots, Ariana Grande, the Strokes lead Lollapalooza 2019 lineup

Twenty One Pilots, Ariana Grande, and the Strokes are just some of the big-name acts heading to Illinois this summer for Lollapalooza 2019. On Wednesday (March 20), festival organizers unveiled their genre-diverse and lengthy lineup for this year’s festivities.

Joining Twenty One Pilots, Ariana Grande, and the Strokes on this year’s roster are: Childish Gambino, Janelle Monáe, Tame Impala, Kacey Musgraves, Lil’ Wayne, 21 Savage, Tenacious D, Death Cab For Cutie, Gary Clark Jr., The Chainsmokers, Fitz and the Tantrums, Bring Me the Horizon, Bishop Briggs, AJR, Chevelle, Hayley Kiyoko, The Revivalists, Meek Mill, Rüfüs Du Sol, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, Flume, J. Balvin, Hozier, and many more.

According to Billboard, a total of 170 acts will perform on one of eight stages during the weekend-long event.

Four-day general admission and VIP passes for Lollapalooza are currently available on the music festival’s website. Like many major music festivals, Lollapalooza will be offering layaway options for those who may be a little strapped for cash at the moment but still want to experience the insanity.

Single-day passes are currently not available, but according to Lollapalooza’s website, they are “coming soon.”

Lollapalooza will return to its longtime home of Grant Park in Chicago. The four-day event will take place during the weekend of Aug. 1 – 4.

Last year’s Lollapalooza included performances by Vampire Weekend the Arctic Monkeys, Jack White, Travis Scott, and more. For now, the full lineup can be found below.

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Florence and the Machine, The Strokes, The 1975 lead Governors Ball 2019 lineup

Florence and the Machine, The Strokes, and the 1975 are just some of the artists who will make their way to New York during the last weekend in May for the 2019 edition of the Governors Ball. On Monday (Jan. 7), Founder Entertainment announced the full roster for the ninth annual summertime event.

In addition to the aforementioned acts, the lineup boosts performances by be Tyler, the Creator, SZA, Nas, Blood Orange, Kacey Musgraves, Lily Allen, Major Lazer, Brockhampton, Lil Wayne, Vince Staples, Bazzi, Charli XCX, Dreamers, and more. In total, over 60 artists will take over one of four stages during the weekend-long music festival.

In addition to the diverse roster of acts, Governors Ball will also include a robust number of gourmet food options from different establishments from around New York City, craft beer and cocktails as well as surprise pop up performances, lawn games, street art and a 21+ Best Kept Secret area.

Three-day general admission and VIP tickets are currently available on the music festival’s website with a special “Announce Day” pricing until 11:59:59 p.m. EST. After that, regular pricing will begin. For those feeling a little strapped for cash following the holiday season, there’s no need to worry because Governors Ball is offering payment plan options.

For those who purchase passes today, a special 2019 collectible charger can be added to your order, because one can never have too many chargers especially at a music festival.

Governors Ball 2019 will return to its longtime home of Randall’s Islands Park during the weekend of May 31 – June 2. The full lineup for this year’s event can be found below.

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The Strokes debut kooky video for ‘Threat of Joy’

Last month, The Strokes surprised their fans by quietly dropping a brand new EP titled, Future Present Past. The timing couldn’t be any better at the time since they were due to perform a couple of shows that weekend including their headlining gig at the Governors Ball. On Tuesday (June 28), the New York-based band surprised their fans once again by releasing the music video for “Threat of Joy”; one of the songs featured on the four-track EP (including a remix).

The video is a little kooky, much like the band. The premise of the video revolves around a guy (government official?) trying to procure the footage recorded for “OBLIVIUS.” There are some guys dressed as pigs, the band performing on a sound stage, and we think the guys were running a newspaper at some point while a femme fatale stole the film reel. Anyways, check out the music video for “Threat of Joy” below.

“Threat of Joy” joins “OBLIVIUS” and “Drag Queen” on Future Present Past. In true Strokes fashion, there doesn’t seem to be any tour dates in support of the EP’s release. Strokes’ guitarist, Albert Hammond Jr. recently revealed in an interview that tour dates will be highly unlikely for the band.

“I don’t even know if we’re going to play any more shows…I don’t know if London might be our last show, you know what I mean? People think I’m lying but I’m just tired of trying to make some positive spin, but I’ve got no idea,” Hammond Jr. told BBC6 Music earlier this month. But then again, maybe you shouldn’t trust everything you read. After all, there were years of speculation that The Strokes was set to release new music and that didn’t pan out until mid-way through 2016.

The Strokes stream new song, announce new EP

The week may not be over yet, but it looks like The Strokes are doing their best to make it feel like the weekend. On Thursday (May 26), the New York-based band release a brand new song. During the inaugural episode of his new radio show on Sirius XM, frontman Julian Casablancas premiered a brand new song from the band. The new track is titled “OBLIVIUS” and can currently be streamed on Cult Records’ website here.

In addition to the new song, the band has also announced that they will be releasing a new EP titled FuturePresentPast. “OBLIVIUS” will be joined by two other new tunes titled “Drag Queen” and “Threat of Joy.” According to Consequence of Sound, the band will reportedly stream the other two tracks later today. The FuturePresentPast EP will be released on June 3 through Cult Records, just in time for the band’s performance at New York’s Governors Ball during the weekend of June 3-5.

Pre-orders for the FuturePresentPast EP are currently available on the record label’s website and features a slew of bundles that range from a normal digital download to a bundle that includes the vinyl-version of the EP and a shirt. All orders will include a remixed version of  “OBLIVIUS” by Fab Moretti. The cover art for the new record can be seen below.

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The EP is the first batch of new songs from the band since 2013’s lukewarmly received album, Comedown Machine.

Governors Ball 2016 Announces Daily Lineup

It’s been a little over a month since New York-based music festival, the Governors Ball, unveiled their 2016 lineup. Now, fans who have been waiting patiently for the daily lineup to be unveiled have gotten their long-awaited wish granted. On Thursday (Feb. 11), festival organizers unveiled the daily lineup for the weekend long festival.

The Strokes, Beck, Robyn, Of Monster and Men, Matt and Kim, the newly revamped Bloc Party, and more will kick off the weekend-long festivities on Friday, June 3. The Killers, Against Me!, Miguel, HAIM, M83, and others will headline on Saturday, June 4. On Sunday, June 5, Kanye West, Death Cab for Cutie, CHVRCHES, Two Door Cinema Club, Cold War Kids, Eagles of Death Metal, and more will hit the stage closing out the 2016 edition of the yearly event.

In addition to the daily lineup, single-day passes are now available for purchase for the general public. For more information about the Governors Ball, head on over to the festival’s website. the complete list of daily lineup can be seen below. As a warning, just because the artists are listed in a specific order doesn’t necessarily mean that it how they will perform on said days.

The Governors Ball will once again return to its home turf of Randall’s Island for its sixth year during the weekend of June 3-5.

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