Japandroids bring their celebration rock to Turner Hall May 27
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Japandroids named their 2009 debut LP Post-Nothing, but the record’s black and white cover and nihilistic name can’t hide just how Technicolor and catchy every track on it is. The band’s 21st-century garage rock sounds a lot like 20th-century garage rock: It sticks to the same themes (getting in trouble, girls, getting in trouble with girls), and maintains the same ability to transcend analysis and lodge itself in your ear via charm and nostalgia. The band’s excellent sophomore album, Celebration Rock, is a strong, lively set of supremely catchy songs lyrically focused on similar concerns as before, as well as the fleeting nature of the band’s newfound acclaim. Maybe it’s because the songs were so hard won after that long dry spell that they sound especially lively, but Celebration Rock starts strong and stays there over the course of its eight songs and 35 minutes.
The band will make a Milwaukee appearance Monday, May 27 at Turner Hall. A Place To Bury Strangers will open. General admission tickets are $15 in advance, $17 the day of the show, and go on sale Friday, March 8 at noon.