Well, you can't call it a reunion -- it's only been four years since they were an active concern. And the band members have hardly been in seclusion -- their lead singer wrapped up his solo tour a few weeks ago. Yet still, the Strokes awakening from dormancy to headline the opening night of Lollapalooza felt like an event, and, counterprogrammed as it was against the dreaded pop spectacle that was Lady Gaga, even felt a little bit like a statement.
Entering to the iconic drumbeat from "We Will Rock You," then launching into the too-hot-for-Is This It? anthem "New York City Cops," the Strokes did not look or sound markedly different than when we last left them. Albert Hammond, Jr.'s 'fro is tighter, vintage shirt and tie replaced by a vintage two-sizes-too-small Journey Frontiers shirt, Julian Casablancas has a blonde tuft in the back of his hair. That's about it. But everything else, save for the slick set design, seemedRead More »from The Strokes Return at Lollapalooza, Handsome As Ever