Brian King (vocals and guitar) and David Prowse (drummer) bonded over a shared love of music in college and went on to form the garage-rock duo Japandroids more than a decade ago in Vancouver, B.C. Their debut full-length, Post-Nothing (stream it below), arrived in 2009. The two were still fairly unknown, and, frustrated by not already having made it, they figured they’d put out the album and then break up. But thanks to some glowing reviews—including Pitchfork’s “Best New Music” label—the LP ended up becoming an indie smash, and Japandroids (above, performing “Near to the Heart of Wild” on The Late Show with Steven Colbert) went on tour behind it. Their follow-up, the punk-influenced Celebration Rock (stream it below), came out three years later, again pleasing fans and critics alike. The album “starts strong and stays there over the course of its eight songs and 35 minutes,” according to the A.V. Club. After a long tour in support of it, Japandroids stayed quiet for several years. They began playing live shows again over the course of the latter half of 2016, and last month, their third full-length, the anthemic Near to the Wild Heart of Life (stream it below), came out. “With guitars soaring and grooves accelerating, the worlds feel undeniable,” says Rolling Stone, “and you know that when you hear ’em in a club—or theater, or arena—you’ll be bouncing off the walls, shouting every word.” Come shout along when Japandroids play Terminal 5 tomorrow night. Taking a break from the Hold Steady, Craig Finn & the Uptown Controllers open the show.
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Canadian duo Japandroids play a late show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night. They’re a popular band, which means tickets went fast. But The House List still has two of them to give away—and they could be yours. Want ’em? Then try to Grow a Pair. It’s easy. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Japandroids, 6/7) and a brief message explaining your favorite tune on last year’s Celebration Rock. Eddie Bruiser, who’s often had the album on repeat, will notify the winner by Friday. Good luck.
The Vancouver rock duo Japandroids recently released their second album, Celebration Rock, and they’re coming our way to play some of that new music at The Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday. Both shows are sold out, but The House List is giving away two tickets to Thursday’s show. Want to go? Try to Grow a Pair of tickets. It’s easy. Just fill out the form below, making sure to include your full name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (Japandroids, 6/28) and a brief message explaining why your Thursday should include a free rock celebration. Eddie Bruiser, who’s always looking for a reason to party, will notify the winner by Thursday.