The Strokes have returned!

February 21, 2020

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Seven long years and several rumors later, The Strokes have returned! The New Abnormal is slated for a release this spring and kicking off this week’s New Noise at Nine seemed like the right way to introduce it to you! Last fall an XRT listener turned me onto a soul singer named Bakar.  I played one of his songs a few times before New Noise at Nine took a break over the holidays and wanted to bring it back - a feel good summertime groove tune called “Hell N Back.” I hear a gritty Sam Cooke. Would love to know what you think! Check out this week’s playlist with links to some music and concerts. Check out playlists from past New Noise at Nine shows here.

Thanks for listening to XRT and letting me share some of the music I’ve been into with you. Please support the artists you hear on the radio station by buying their music from, whenever you can, a local, independent, or a family-owned music store. Listen to The Big Beat on Monday night at 11 for even more new music I’ve been finding. Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. My handle on all three of ‘em is RyanArnoldRocks.

Your pal,
-Ryan A.


The Strokes - “Bad Decisions” from the album The New Abnormal due April 10.  Pre-order here.

Psychedelic Furs - “Don’t Believe” from the album Made of Rain due May 1. Pre-order here.

Mt. Joy - “Strangers from the album Rearrange Us due June 5. Pre-order here.

Cold War Kids - “Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?”

The Dirty Knobs - “Wreckless Abandon from the album Wreckless Abandon due March 20. Pre-order here. Click here for tickets to The Dirty Knobs at Park West on March 11.

EOB - “Shangri-La” from the album Earth due April 17. Pre-order here. Click here for tickets to EOB at Metro on May 27.

Real Estate - “Paper Cup”

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - “Be Afraid” from the album Reunions due May 15. Pre-order here.

lovelytheband - “Loneliness For Love”

Bakar - “Hell N Back

Pearl Jam - “Dance Of The Clairvoyants”

Brendan Benson - “Good To Be Alive from the album Dear Life due April 24. Pre-order here.

The Lone Bellow - “Count On Me”

Dissolve - “Absofacto