The disaffected, downtown-mod persona of the Strokes rests heavily on frontman Julian Casablancas. The band's chief songwriter comes off equal parts aloof introvert and sly trickster. Watching him perform, you wonder if he covets the spotlight or resents the intrusion (the guy frustratingly refuses to break a sweat on stage, although his take-it-or-leave-it attitude can be attractive in song). Casablancas' public personality is alluring and off-putting, charming and calculating, as he projects his myriad love/hate relationships over music that's moved from catchy Velvet... More >>>