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Julian Casablancas unveils new material at surprise US shows

The Strokes frontman will release a new album with his band The Voidz this year

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Julian Casablancas has debuted a host of new songs at a number of surprise shows in the United States.

The Strokes frontman played new solo songs at Sleep Walking Cult in Washington DC on March 9 and at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans last night (March 10). New song titles include 'Ego', '2231', 'Dr Acula', and 'Arabic', according to a report by Consequence of Sound.

At last night's 10-song show he played songs by The Strokes as well as his Daft Punk collaboration 'Instant Crush'. The set-list for the Washington DC show is pictured. The report adds that he will apparently play a show in Pensacola, Florida before his booked SXSW gig in Austin, Texas on Saturday night (March 15) at the Fader Fort.

Julian Casablancas recently gave a sneak preview of his new solo album. Click here to watch the two-minute clip, which was credited to Julian Casablancas + The Voidz and shows footage of The Strokes' frontman recording in the studio, with various snippets of new songs audible throughout. There is no further information regarding an album title or release date included with the video, but visitors to Casablancas' website can sign up to pre-order the album now. Casablancas released his debut solo album, 'Phrazes for the Young', in 2009.

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The Strokes will make their live return at the Governors' Ball in New York this June. The three-day event will take place on Randall's Island between June 6 and 8. OutKast have been announced as the headliner alongside Jack White and Vampire Weekend. As well as performing with The Strokes, Julian Casablancas will also perform as a solo artist at the event.

The Strokes' last live show came in November 2011 when they performed live at the Planeta Terror festival in Brazil. The group have not played in the US since September of the same year. They have not performed in the UK since they headlined Reading & Leeds Festivals in August 2011. The band were joined by Pulp's Jarvis Cocker for a rendition of The Cars' 'Just What I Needed' during their Reading performance.

The Strokes released their fifth album 'Comedown Machine' last year but didn't tour or do any interviews. Speaking to NME recently, the band's guitarist Albert Hammond Jr said: "There might be times when we're not doing things but I don't feel like we'll ever stop," he said. "We've come to the point where we've been together so long and been through so much that why announce anything besides what we're doing? We're just together."

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