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The Strokes, Comedown Machine (Rough Trade)

Album review: The Strokes, Comedown Machine (Rough Trade)

Their fifth album finds The Strokes continuing the search, begun on 2011's Angles, for ways to tackle the future.

Reading Festival, Little John's Farm, Reading

Jarvis Cocker and his band were among the stars of the 90s making a comeback at Reading, alongside a spectral appearance by Kurt Cobain

Shaky future for festivals as fans shun blasts from the past

Glastonbury's acts will play this weekend to packed crowds but a raft of the country's other music festivals are floundering, as agents struggle to sell tickets for well below their asking price.

Todd DiCiurcio makes UK debut in rock 'n' roll style

With his designer stubble, straggly mass of curls, uniform of tight black jeans and partially unbuttoned shirt Todd DiCiurcio looks like a long lost member of New York band The Strokes.

Album: The Strokes, Angles (Rough Trade)

So many negative noises have been made about Angles from critics and the band (guitarist Nick Valensi admitted "I feel like we have a better album in us"), that its actually-not-badness comes as a pleasant surprise.

Nick Valensi admits The Strokes' 'hostility and resentment'

Nick Valensi admits there are still "undertones of resentment and hostility" in The Strokes.

The Strokes 'like a house of cards'

The Strokes admit they are "like a house of cards".

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Heaven, London

The warm-up act was only half joking when they said they'd been asked to play their set twice to fill in as a snow-impeded Jon Spencer Blues Explosion raced across London. More than an hour after they left us, the audience was decidedly tepid. So it was lucky that when JSBX finally turned up, their menacingly synthesised New York sound soon sent the temperature gauges soaring.

Young & Lost Club celebrates its 50th release

Begun by two teenagers in 2005, the singles label is now on its 50th release. To mark the occasion, founders Nadia Dahlawi and Sara Jade have pulled together 35 tracks that document the vibrancy of London's music scene.

Culture Club: Isle of Wight Festival

Readers review this week's festival

Julian Casablancas, The Forum, London

Five heads are better than one

Tim Walker: 'Without best-of lists such as the NME's, fans would have nothing to row about'

The Couch Surfer: The Strokes were the decade’s first band whose success was born as much of hype as it was talent

David Lister: How can they not love Lily?

It is the season of lists. Best of the Year/ Decade. Worst of the Year/ Decade. Most Beautiful of the Year/Decade. I'd like to introduce a "Mildly Enjoyable Night Out But Nothing To Write Home About of The Year/Decade", because that is also a large part of the cultural experience. But for the moment we'll have to make do with the best-of category.

The Barometer: Julian Casablancas; Lil Wayne, Sleigh Bells; Amerie; Tom Waits; Ryan Bingham & T-Bone Burnett; Vampire Weekend

Julian Casablancas I Wish It Was Christmas Today

The Strokes' frontman takes a foray into the dangerous world of the Christmas single with this sparky cover of a song that was originally 'Saturday Night Live' parody.

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