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The Strokes: Monarch, London, February 7

Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, February 2001

U2 WERE rocking the Astoria across town, but the hotter ticket by far was this New York five-piece who sound like pure 1969 Live Velvets filtered thru Stooges and Modern Lovers licks – as ripe for retro-revival as any strain of anti-pop. The Modern Age EP on Rough Trade is a lo-fi distorto-garage delight, but live the Strokes are a pure amphetamine thrill fronted by a Richard Hellalike babyface STAR of a singer with the marvellous monicker Julian Casablancas. Very cool.

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