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.
If you pay attention to the sort of media that reasonably expects its audience to scroll through a list of 300 albums, you already know the fetching story of Shamir Bailey. A 20-year-old, male-pronoun-approving, gender-fluid African-American who grew up in Vegas and played country music until enough bizzers told him they didn’t know how to… More »