The Strokes’ fourth album Angles took a while to come but the bright side for them now is that people rushed to buy it out of excitement! The album has debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart with 88,000 copies sold in its first week. Success also came in other countries; it debuted #3 in the UK, #4 in Canada, and #1 in Australia.
Along with that came praise from – among others – Rolling Stone magazine, who called Angles “the best album that [The Strokes] have made since 2001’s Is This It“, and a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden on Friday April 1st… The Strokes are back!
In a development conspiracy theorists could whet their palates over, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem has announced four shows at Manhattan’s Terminal 5 leading up to their final hurrah at Madison Square Garden on April 2nd. Tickets for the MSG show sold out fast — much to the surprise of pretty much everyone except some bloodsucking scalpers. Now that tickets are going up for obscene amounts of cash on craiglist and ebay, Murphy has decided to channel his frustration into more gigs – this time hoping he can actually get tickets to the real fans. In a tirelessly long post on the band’s website titled “fuck you, scalpers”, Murphy vents directly to the fans, who have been affected most. It’s an honest and at times hilarious account from the band’s side of things, with Murphy describing a failed attempt to buy a ticket off a scalper himself.
Anyway, the Terminal 5 shows are going down March 28-31 — only fans pure of heart may wield a ticket. Or so Murphy hopes.