Best Homecoming: The Strokes
Over a decade after the release of Is This It, the Strokes are still as New York as Zabar's and the Empire State Building. But before Governor's Ball, it remained to be seen whether they still had the same chops after going three years without playing live together. Though a show at the small-capacity Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, at the end of May served as a warm-up, this performance felt like both a reunion and a homecoming. After opening with "Barely Legal," the band played a hit-packed set – complete with audience participation – that included "Razorblade," "12:51" and "Someday." They closed with the perennially cool "Last Nite," and encored with B-side "New York City Cops." Julian Casablancas' vocals radiated emotional intensity, even when it kind of looked like he'd forgotten some of the words. Judging by how much the crowd was screaming along, New York is mostly just glad to have them back. C.D.