Japandroids 

When: Wed., Nov. 28, 8 p.m. 2012

What: When I was younger, I hated it when some old, out-of-touch asshole ranted about the death of rock n' roll. Now, at 31, I feel bombarded by EDM and anthemic pop-rock. Thank fuck for Japandroids. Two dudes playing ferocious, catchy, Springsteen-filtered garage-punk about partying and girls. Their performance at this year's SXSW set music blogs on fire and their 2012 debut full-length earned them a Polaris Prize nomination for "Best Album by a Canadian Artist." Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl) is admittedly somewhat formulaic and four-minute songs like lead single "The House That Heaven Built" sometimes seem too long considering the duo's style. But killer lead breaks and jubilant crowd chants are a beautiful formula to abuse, and Celebration Rock is a deep breath of fresh air. Or perhaps more appropriately, a massive punch to rock music's "reset button." Raucous Pitchfork.com-approved four-piece Swearin', from Brooklyn, opens Japandroids' Tampa date.

— Joel Weiss

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