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.
Vince Staples is hardly the ingratiating type. “Don’t shake my hands unless you passing payment,” instructs the redoubtable young’un on “C.M.B.,” a paean to ruthlessly mercenary, Randian capitalism. “Keep your salutation / I need my 40 acres.” This ice-grilling Left Coaster is more Mack 10 than Myka 9, a verbal marksman who refuses to placate… More »