Japandroids + Cadence Weapon

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Photograph: Maoya Bassiouni
Japandroids

“If they try to slow me down, I’ll tell them all to go to hell,” Brian King screams on

“The House That Heaven Built,” the first single off Japandroid’s new Celebration Rock. The band has said that the album was made with joyous audience sing-alongs in mind, and Celebration inspires that and more: On your headphones, Japandroids are a fun walk to the subway. Live, they’re a pop-punk revelation.