The Strokes Still Reign as the Lords of Lo-Fi Grime

The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan, August 20

Photo by Erik Kabik

Photo by Erik Kabik

The Strokes brought their customary anti-flair to the Chelsea, giving the flashy venue the feel of an underground New York City club with minimalist lighting, zero theatrics and the grimy garage sound that fans love. The band relied heavily on tracks from their earlier albums, drawing mostly from Is This It, Room On Fire and First Impressions Of Earth. The higher production quality of their newer songs did not translate as well to the live performance as did the stripped-down classics, such as “Someday,” “12:51” and “Reptilia,” which riled the crowd on The Chelsea’s trampoline floor until the house shook. The band played a short set, clocking in at about an hour total, and quit the stage without playing “Last Nite”—a disappointing omission. Fans got a solid dose of the raw and dirty sound that made the band famous, but they could have used a little more of it. ★★★✩✩

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