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Fresh off the stage in Denver, Colorado, Julian Casablancas is contemplating the cyclical nature of his forthcoming Japanese shows. The release of his solo album “Phrazes for the Young,” subsequent tour and news of The Strokes’ recent reconciliation have ensured that the next six months will be busy. But it was actually in Tokyo that Casablancas ended several years of solitude and returned to the fray, unveiling his solo material for the first time last August.

“It was OK,” he recalls in the kind of New York drawl that makes you go weak at the knees. “Actually,” he counters after taking a needlessly long pause, “it was pretty rough.”

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