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Strokes Confirm New Album Release, Lollapalooza


Fans anxiously awaiting new music from the Strokes have two special dates to mark on their calendars.

According to singer Julian Casablancas, who recently spoke to The Chicago Tribune, the quintet will release their first new album since 2006’s First Impressions of Earth this September. And there’s more good news: the band will bring their new tunes to Lollapalooza’s main stage in August for their first U.S. show in over three years!

As previously reported, rumors claimed that the Strokes, Lady Gaga, Green Day, Soundgarden, and more would appear at the Chicago fest.

The Strokes’ festival appearances — which also include a few European gigs — have Mr. Casablancas excited for his band’s return. “We’re getting the biggest offers of our career,” he said. “It feels great, because I remember people writing things like, ‘We’ll see if they’re still around in 10 years,’ when we first came out.”

Casablancas added that the Strokes are nearly done recording their yet-to-be-titled fourth album in a Manhattan studio. Last month, the guys checked in via their YouTube page with a nine-minute clip of the sessions. Watch here.

“I’ve written a lot of melodies for it, but the other guys have also contributed a lot more: melodies, choruses, parts,” he explained. “It’s way more collaborative. So it’ll have a different feel than our other albums.”

If you can’t wait for the new record — or if a trip to Lollapalooza isn’t in the budget — get your Casablancas fix later this month, when the singer will kick off a nationwide solo tour behind his SPIN-approved debut, Phrazes for the Young, which includes a stop at Coachella in April. Click here for full tour dates.