Through the smoke and lights, the Strokes played their brand of depressive dance rock at the Ricoh Coliseum last night.
The band's 90-minute set, which included a four-song encore, touched upon all three of their albums, a b-side or two, and Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side." Needless to say (the cue that something will be said), the audience was into it. The Strokes's music, while often straying to the darker, less happier side of life, does make people dance. And some who did dance seemed to suffer from some tic only curable through prescribed drugs or through the magic of a neurosurgeon's hands.
Despite that, and despite the cigarette and pot, the Stroke's glum hum sound is enough to raise spirits. And I know, that doesn't make much sense. Julian Casablancas sang out at the end of the show, "Take or leave it." Yeah, I'll take it.