The Strokes Perform Their Retro-Sounding Single 'Under Cover Of Darkness' on 'SNL'

The band plays Madison Square Garden April 1st

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When The Strokes released their first album Miley Cyrus wasn't even 10 years old, but there she was on Saturday Night Live introducing their performance of their new single "Under Cover Of Darkness."  

Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield says the song recalled their classic early work in his track-by-track breakdown of their new LP Angles. "In fact, it sounds a lot like their first single, 'Last Nite,'" Sheffield writes.  "When Casablancas sings 'I want to be a puppet on a string'” the inflection in his voice makes him sound uncannily like his younger self snarling, 'I’ve been in town for just 15 minutes now.' It’s like the Strokes’ version of the Replacements’ “I’ll Be You” – a late-in-the-game reaffirmation of what they do best."

The Strokes are playing their biggest New York gig ever on April 1st when they headline Madison Square Garden. They have a bunch of festival dates on the books (including Coachella and Jazz Fest), but they have yet to announce dates for an actual tour.