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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

What to Do? Tuesday's Pick: Julian Casablancas

Posted By on Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 7:41 AM

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Julian Casablancas @ Regency Ballroom

Long the Strokes' slurred voice of sleazy cool, Julian Casablancas has become the latest member of that band to indulge in a side project. In his case, it's an eight-song solo album, Phrazes for the Young. Swimming in retro synths and elastic guitar lines, it's a clear love letter to his '80s upbringing. Lead single "11th Dimension" pursues a jittering, summery slickness, while "River of Brakelights" crisscrosses biting melodies with overcaffeinated percussion. His vague lyrics exude dreamy imagery, and while it's not a fourth Strokes album -- that's due sometime next year -- it's damn fun. (8 p.m., $30-$33, Regency Ballroom)

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