As the lead singer of The Strokes, Julian Casablancas already fronted one of the best-known, 2000s-era rock bands from New York City. But he didn’t stop there. Accumulating a rag-tag group of friends from both the Big Apple and LA, Casablancas is now leading a new punk-focused collective called Julian Casablancas+ the Voidz, playing tonight. Given Julian’s track record as a careful curator and inventive musician, it’s no surprise that the Voidz somehow fuse punk, avant-garde experimentation with a groove-oriented pop backbone that makes the otherwise difficult songs accessible. Flecked with weird breakdowns and gritty, funhouse solos, the music rocks back and forth between gleeful, funky synths and warped, intense rock. And for fans of The Strokes, Julian’s signature vocals are able to carry through all the various twists and turns. The group put out their debut album Tyranny in September through Casablancas’ own label, Cult Records.
Tue., Nov. 25, 8 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 19, 2014