In 2001, the Strokes helped usher in a massive rock revival with their stunning debut Is This It. SPIN has been along for the ride from the beginning, reporting on the quintet's early shows and first U.K. invasion, putting them on three magazine covers, and even reviewing their recent solo projects.
As the leaders of Manhattan's Lower East Side music scene gear up for the release of their new album Angles on March 22, take a look back at the band's ride to the top.
Will Butler has always been an outlier. As Arcade Fire's second-most-famous Butler, he's always made being weird seem just as alluring as fitting in. During the band's live shows, the multi-hyphenate artist (synthesizer, bass, guitar, clarinet, and hell, even the glockenspiel) avoids the spotlight while throwing out enough manic energy — howling in one moment,… More »