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Japandroids 

When: Fri., June 22 2012
You'd have a hard time finding a better song on the radio right now than Japandroids' “The House That Heaven Built.” That is, if radio even bothered to play the fist-pumping centerpiece of the Canadian indie-rock duo's new album, Celebration Rock. Not that there's anything rougher than a “tell them all to go to hell” lyric going on. The song's monster hook certainly isn't the problem – it's more accessible than half the songs now hogging the airwaves. “The House That Heaven Built” is just too awesome for ears that aren't used to the post-punk guitars and spitting vocals by one of the most economical indie-rock bands making music in the '00s. Like Japandroids' 2009 debut Post-Nothing, Celebration Rock features eight songs in 35 minutes. Not since the Flaming Lips' early days has a band been so committed to messing with your perception of their art. Guitarist Brian King and drummer David Prowse structure Celebration Rock like a concept album, starting and ending the record with the sound of fireworks popping in the distance. But then they tear the whole thing down with choking guitars, throat-shredding singalongs, and punk tunes flirting madly with pop's playbook. With Cadence Weapon. 8 p.m. Tickets: $12. – Michael Gallucci

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