Julian Casablancas - "BBQ before the show, not a good choice."

The Strokes seemed  genuinely happy to be back at SXSW, and the 20,000 plus in attendance at Auditorium Shores were obviously excited to see them return. 

The Strokes delivered an energetic set that featured two singles from the new album (due out March 22) and closed with a three-song encore.  The evening ended with fireworks against the Austin skyline and a raucous rendition of “Last Nite”.

Luke Rathborne opened the show, and Twin Shadow, another NY band, played before The Strokes.  More pics here, and more of everything later…

photo: David D’Agostino