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Albert Hammond Jr. Comes Home to Play Brooklyn Steel on Wednesday

March 27th, 2018

Albert Hammond Jr. (above, performing “Muted Beatings” on Conan) first came to fame around the turn of the millennium as the rhythm guitarist for the Strokes. But the son of singer-songwriter Albert Hammond (of “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” fame, among many other credits) has been releasing his own music—which according to AllMusic, “diverged entirely from the garage sensations, with jaunty, Beatlesque pop”—since his first solo effort, Yours to Keep (stream it below), debuted in 2006. “This album is far better than it has any right to be; an intimate, frequently beautiful and consistently surprising record that gets better with every listen,” said NME. He’s remained busy ever since, recording and touring with the Strokes while still finding time to release and play more of his own music. To that end: Albert Hammond Jr.’s fourth studio long-player, Francis Trouble (stream it below), came out a few weeks ago to rave reviews. According to Pitchfork, “The guitarist continues his 2010s hot streak with some of the brightest, scrappiest music he’s ever made as a solo artist,” while Rolling Stone called it “his best music in a decade.” But how does it sound live, you ask? Find out for yourself tomorrow night at Brooklyn Steel. Los Angeles psychedelic-soul five-piece the Marías open the show.