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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, December 26, 2001

The Strokes plan Honolulu show

By Derek Paiva
Advertiser Staff Writer

Rock's latest "everything old is new again" critical darlings, The Strokes, will be coming to Honolulu on Feb. 7 for a single concert at the World Café.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $20, and will go on sale Jan. 12 at ticket outlets to be announced by promoter Goldenvoice.

Formed in New York City in 1999, The Strokes began generating serious buzz late last year with a series of brilliant live shows in their home town. Critics starved for the next great saviors of rock 'n' roll promptly went gaga over the old-school snarl of the band's rhythmic, hook-heavy punk and pop. Out came rapturous comparisons of the group to Big Apple boho legends like Television and the Velvet Underground in some circles, and early David Bowie and Oasis in others.

Blessed or cursed — depending on how one views these things — by the insane amount of media hype that followed them through 2001, The Strokes' CD "Is This It?" debuted in October to continued critical hosannas but so-so sales.