Check this playlist of the beloved New York City rock band The Strokes. We have full sets of The Strokes playing festivals that capture outstanding performances of one of the best American rock bands. The playlist includes the amazing, dynamic show of two great bands playing live together: Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes. More tracks are being added.
Listen to “Call it Fate, Call it Karma” — the final song on the Strokes new album, “Comedown Machine” (RCA) — and it sounds planets removed from the leather-jacketed band of New York City upstarts that made “Is This It” in 2001. The new track is a moody soul-lounge ballad, with Julian Casablancas crooning in falsetto over a gently undulating guitar. Comedown Machine is perversely enchanting, even if it has nothing to do with the guitar churn and driving subway-train rhythms that made the Strokes sound like the heirs to the Velvet Underground sound. Its strangeness isn’t necessarily a bad thing: growth, evolution, experimentation – these are virtues that can keep a band relevant as it enters its second decade. We dig it!