It's hard to believe it was almost 10 years ago that the Strokes dropped Is This It. The band's Lower East Side chic was equally as important as the minimalist punk rock they played, and at the heart of their image and sound was singer Julian Casablancas, whose effortless bravado and coolly unhinged vocals not only embodied the quintet's style but also provided them with a bona fide sex symbol. Having started so superbly, however, the band's two follow-ups were almost inevitably let downs, leaving everyone to seek out solo projects. Casablancas dropped his, Phrazes for the Young, last fall, and while it carried much of the old Strokes sensibilities and a little of the attitude, it was also more adventurous, with songs like "11th Dimension" and "Glass" draped in '80s electro pop. With a new Strokes album due this year, there may be more reason than mere nostalgia to look forward to Casablancas's return. With Funeral Party. 18+.
Thu., April 8, 6 p.m., 2010