CRX, New Band Founded By The Strokes’ Nick Valensi, Releases First Single “Ways To Fake It”


Pictured L-R: Ralph Alexander, Darian Zahedi, Nick Valensi, Jon Safley, Richie James Follin  
Photo Credit: Magdalena Wosinska
Los Angeles, CA – September 8, 2016 – CRX – the new Los Angeles-based band fronted by Nick Valensi, guitarist for The Strokes – released its first single, “Ways To Fake It,” today. The infectious track is from the band’s full-length debut, New Skin, which was recently singled out in Entertainment Weekly’s Fall Music Preview of highly anticipated albums. New Skin will be released on October 28on Columbia Records.
Listen to “Ways To Fake It” HERE. The album pre-order is now underway HERE. Fans who pre-order New Skin digitally will instantly receive “Ways To Fake It.”
Valensi recently spoke with Rolling Stone about CRX and the making of New Skin in this exclusive Q&A. His new playlist for, which can be found HERE, features an intriguingly diverse mix of artists, offering what Vogue calls “the perfect post-summer reality check.”
With live shows being relatively rare for The Strokes, Valensi found himself looking for a way to channel his urge to play live. “I wanted to perform in front of audiences and get back to doing things a little more simply. It got to the point where I missed being on a club stage,” Valensi says, explaining how he came to form CRX.
He began recording demos on his laptop at home last summer and, as the songs progressed, he invited a few trusted friends to join him. In addition to Valensi on lead vocals and guitar, CRXincludes Richie James Follin (keyboards), Ralph Alexander (drums), Jon Safley (bass) andDarian Zahedi (guitar). Approximately half of New Skin’s ten tracks were co-written with his band mates.
Valensi reached out to Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme for feedback on the demos and advice regarding producers that might be right for the band. It quickly became apparent that there was no better person for the job than Homme himself. The album was recorded at Homme’s Pink Duck Studios in Burbank and mixed by Andrew Scheps (Johnny Cash, Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Adele).
The band explores richly varied sonic terrain on New Skin. “Ways To Fake It” reflects Valensi’spassion for 70s power-pop and 80s new wave as does the dub-tinged “One Track Mind.” “Slow Down” is a wistful plea for a less frenetic pace while the menacing “Unnatural” proceeds at breakneck speed. “Broken Bones” simmers, with Valensi’s effortless falsetto counterbalancing a massively sludgy bottom end.
CRX will preview songs from New Skin at a special headline show at the historic Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA on Saturday, September 17. The band will also headline Schubas in Chicago onSeptember 19 and support Beck on several upcoming dates. See below for itinerary or visit for further details.
New Skin – Track Listing
  1. Ways To Fake It
  2. Broken Bones
  3. Give It Up
  4. Anything
  5. Walls
  6. Slow Down
  7. On Edge
  8. Unnatural
  9. One Track Mind
  10. Monkey Machine
CRX – Upcoming Tour Dates
9/17 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Troubadour (headline show)
9/19 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas (headline show)
9/20 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live (supporting Beck)
9/22 – Bloomington, IN @ IU Pavilion (supporting Beck)
9/23 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House (supporting Beck)

Pertinent Links:
Listen to “Ways To Fake It” HERE
Pre-order New Skin HERE
Read Rolling Stone’s exclusive Q&A with Nick Valensi HERE
Check out Nick Valensi’s playlist for Vogue HERE

Get tickets and tour information HERE


“Superior pop-rock in the vein of Taylor Swift from a Norwegian singer who has “star in waiting” written all over her” – The Guardian



unnamed (1)You know when you have a fucking brilliant night and don’t want to go to bed because you just don’t want the night to ever end? That is what Fight Sleep is about. The song was written whilst I was out in LA this spring. Being out there was such an adventure, so many new people and new impressions and I didn’t want to miss out on any of it.” – DAGNY

NEW YORK, NY (September 2, 2016) – Critically buzzing Norwegian songstress DAGNYreleases her much-anticipated debut EP, Ultraviolet [Republic Records], at all digital retailers today. Get it HERE.

In addition to her breakout hit “Backbeat,” and its follow-up “Fool’s Gold” featuring BØRNS,Ultraviolet boasts the brand new single “Fight Sleep.Combining energetic percussion withDAGNY’s inimitable delivery, the track comes to life as another unshakable alternative pop anthem, merging a tribal bounce and a soaring, sweet, and striking howl. Take a listen HERE, and stay tuned for the music video debut soon.

Ultraviolet just begins to illuminate the scope of DAGNY’s diverse artistic palette. In order to achieve this vision, she spent time stateside in LA, composing and recording alongside a veritable “dream team” of collaborators such as Tommy English [Børns, Tigertown, Ladyhawke], Dave Bassett [Elle King, Fitz and the Tantrums], Mattman & Robin [Tove Lo, Ellie Goulding, Taylor Swift], and Justin Tranter [Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, The Knocks, KYGO].

DAGNY has officially arrived on Ultraviolet.

In late 2015, DAGNY delivered an energetic, entrancing, and enigmatic anthem with “Backbeat.” Coupling a handclap stomp, resounding piano, spirited guitar, and an unshakable refrain, “Backbeat” instantly gained worldwide attention. Following its world premiere on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, the Norway-born and London-based songstress landed on multiple “Artist to Watch” lists from Apple, Spotify, and Tidal, with features in INTERVIEW MAGAZINE, NME, NYLON, FORBES and more!  To date, the single has over 22 million streams on Spotify.  Meanwhile, “Fool’s Gold” featuring BØRNS has quickly racked up nearly 5 million streams on Spotify.

DAGNY has also been making a name for herself on the international festival circuit with performances at Isle of Wight Festival, Belladrum, Cornbury, Koppaberg Urban Forest Festival, and more.  NME recently named her as one of “The Hottest Brand New Acts At Oslo’sIcy By:Larm Festival.”  Along the way, DAGNY has been handpicked to open for legendary artists including Sir Elton John and Sting.

Watch the video for DAGNY’s debut single “Backbeat” HERE.


  1. “Fight Sleep”
  2. “Ultraviolet”
  3. “Too Young”
  4. “Backbeat”
  5. “Fool’s Gold” feat. BØRNS


Check out Ultraviolet

Nina Diaz (Girl In A Coma) Announces Debut Solo LP via PAPER

Nina Diaz has announced her blazing debut full-length album The Beat Is Dead to be released October 28 via Cosmica Artists. This is the first solo album of the revered frontwoman of Girl In A Coma, the critically hailed indie-punk band that was famously nurtured by Joan Jett, opened forMorrissey and Tegan and Sara, and earned multiple Independent Music Awards.

Written exactly fifteen years after the passing of her grandmother, “January 9th” is a bittersweet ballad that opens the door to her electrifying new album. “January 9th” premiered with PAPER and you can find it HERE. Nina performs the track as well as offering an early taste of “Dig” and “For You” off the new album in her NPR Tiny Desk Concert out today.

The Beat Is Dead effortlessly showcases the eclectic influences of Nina Diaz. Album opener “Trick Candle” is a wailing indie-electro banger about Michael Hutchence from INXS who she says is “somebody who’ll never burn out.” Equally as at home in an industrial goth rave as a nightclub, the sturm und drang of “Screaming Without a Sound” illustrates the anxiety-ridden process of staving off addiction. Punk-cabaret “Rebirth” slams open with a viscous vocal line and challenges listeners to try not to move their hips. She shares, “When you know yourself, that’s when you can hate yourself the most. But that’s part of being reborn. No birth is easy. It’s painful.”

Hailed for enrapturing crowds with her wildly seductive live performance & warm sense of humor, Nina Diaz recently will play a handful of dates next week. Full list of tour dates here. The Beat Is Dead shines a light on Nina’s electrifying rock’n’roll tendencies and introspective nature, simultaneously tapping into a dark emotive place and the triumphant strength of her journey to sobriety.

WATCH: NPR Tiny Desk Concert 

1st Album Track “January 9th” Revealed via PAPER Magazine

Live Dates Incl. Opening For Cyndi Lauper 9/17

8/27: Mammoth Lakes, CA @ The Rafters
8/28: Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon
9/10: San Marcos, TX @ SMTX Pride
910: San Antonio, TX @ Mission Pachanga (World Heritage Fest), Mission County Pavilion
9/17: Albuquerque, NM @ Sandia Casino (w/ Cyndi Lauper)
9/23: Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds
9/24: New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall

Pre-order The Beat Is Dead

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The Beat Is Dead tracklist:

1. Trick Candle
2. Queen Beats King
3. Rebirth
4. January 9th
5. Fall In Love
6. Young Man
7. It
8. Screaming Without A Sound
9. Down
10. Dig
11. Star
12. For You
13. Morticians Musician