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With the Voidz, a startling shift for the Strokes' Julian Casablancas
With the Voidz, a startling shift for the Strokes' Julian Casablancas

Musicians come to Coachella for all kinds of reasons: to hype fresh work, unveil an anticipated reunion, collect a fat paycheck. But not many use the annual music and arts festival in Indio to turn off members of their audience, as Julian Casablancas of the Strokes appeared eager to do at this year's edition. Prowling the stage of the Mojave Tent backed by his startling new band, the Voidz, the singer known for his indolent croon growled menacingly in songs that layered slashing guitars over breakneck digital-punk beats. His lyrics, though hard to make out, projected a sneering disgust at odds with the disheveled glamour embodied in Strokes tunes like "Last Nite" and...

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