The great rock ¹n¹ roll swindle continues! Music-journalist sheep still hold to their claim that we¹re in the middle of a rock ¹n¹ roll revival. Nonsense. Rock ¹n¹ roll would first have to go away in order to be revived, and anyone can tell you that (since 1955) rock ¹n¹ roll hasn¹t gone anywhere. It may fall in and out of favor with fair-weather trend fabricators like NME and Rolling Stone, but people who actually listen to music know better. And, by now, we must wonder if the Strokes know better too. No doubt they¹re savvy enough. They¹re probably sick of the hype themselves, feeling somewhat suffocated by the time they got around to making their sophomore album, Room on Fire. What¹s going to happen to these five Manhattanites when the notoriously fickle music press turns on them? The Strokes have never pretended to be much other than what they are: harmless and not nearly as edgy as everyone wants them to be. But it¹s only fair to toast them and hope they can deal gracefully when the hype machine spits them out. In the meantime, there¹s something undeniably heady about watching a band perform at the height of popularity. For a good idea of how their jangly, arid pop translates to the stage, don¹t trust a critic; just see for yourself on Tuesday, March 16, at the Mansion, 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets cost $25. Call 305-532-1525.
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