Governors Ball 2014: The Strokes Return to NYC, Rock Classics-Filled Set

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The Strokes perform on stage during day 2 of the Governors Ball 2014 at Randall's Island on June 7, 2014 in New York City.

The Strokes never toured behind their 2013 album "Comedown Machine," so now that the New York garage-rockers are starting to come out of hiding for some gigs, it feels like a belated album cycle is kicking into gear. The group played Governors Ball on Saturday.


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Frontman Julian Casablancas tested out the higher registers of his vocals for the new-ish LP's "One Way Trigger," though the quintet smoothly elected to favor its much more beloved (and familiar) back catalog during the main stage set. Selections from their influential 2001 debut "Is This It" generally got the best reactions, though hits like "Reptilia" and "Heart in a Cage" were also set highlights. After all, this was only the group's second New York-area performance since releasing "Machine," so it had been a while since even the most devoted fans had gotten a dose of the classics.  

A rollicking performance of "Last Nite" appeared to cap off the set, but the Strokes weren't done yet. They popped back onstage for a run through their "Is This It" American b-side "New York City Cops," much to the delight of the crowd. 

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