If the name Japandroids conjures up images of, say, Voltron, you're only slightly off the mark. The Canadian duo doesn't really look like a massive, evil-smiting robot, but their sound casts a huge shadow. That sound is a lumbering, noisy, powerful thing, brimming with discordant nuclear energy. There are no wasted gestures; Brian King's guitar and David Prowse's drums lock naturally with one another, and they manage to make bands twice their size feel small through sheer intensity. After a lengthy 2010 tour, the pair are showing off their extra-strength batteries by heading back out on the road to preview their upcoming album. Japandroids, combine! With Bass Drum of Death. 18+.
Mon., Sept. 26, 8 p.m., 2011