Photo by Leigh Righton



Feb. 14
8 p.m.
Indie Rock, Rock

The angst-fueled ’00s indie-rock scene dissolved just when the world needed it most. And now Japandroids, freshly returned from a nearly five-year hiatus, are back to once again lead us all in yelling like hell to the heavens. The Vancouver garage-rock duo dropped their third LP, Near to the Wild Heart of Life, last month. The album’s raucous lead single/title track taps into our collective anxiety, providing a cathartic escape from pervading senses of dread and hopelessness (sound necessary, America?). The band is set to hit First Avenue for the very first time in support of Wild Heart; during combustible past visits, they laid waste to smaller Twin Cities venues Turf Club, 7th St. Entry, and Triple Rock. Japandroids’ untamed anthems should resonate with disaffected music fans who are ready to burn the whole thing down — the timing’s perfect. Craig Finn opens with his band the Uptown Controllers, whose name was inspired by a Craigslist prank from local comic Justin Colucci.