In light of its title, Japandroids' new Celebration Rock bookends its eight tracks with the perfect sound effect: the pop of fireworks. The second album from the Vancouver duo is a legit contender for record of the year based on its irony-free sense of jubilation and the pervasive feeling that these guys are going all-in with this adrenaline rush. Celebration's muddy, cranked-up production only enhances its songwriting's skittish sparkle, constantly reminding you that these tracks will make for A-grade sing-alongs. Plus, this record includes a ferocious cover of the Gun Club's "For the Love of Ivy," so let's award Japandroids a couple of bonus points for having great taste and making good on it. With Cadence Weapon. 18+
Tue., July 3, 8 p.m., 2012
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