The Danforth Music Hall will host Vancouver-based indie garage rock duo Japandroids for two nights on Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. with special guest Craig Finn & the Uptown Controllers.
Japandroids, which features Brian King (guitar, vocals) and David Prowse (drums, vocals), are out on the road promoting their third studio long-player, Near to the Wild Heart of Life, released back on Jan. 27 through ANTI- and Arts & Crafts. The album, which was preceded by the singles “Near to the Wild Heart of Life” and “No Known Drink or Drug,” made its debut at No. 76 on the Billboard 200 here in the U.S.
The duo, which rose to prominence following the release of their 2009 debut LP, Post-Nothing, earned critical praise for their sophomore album, Celebration Rock. The album, released in June 2012 through Polyvinyl Record Company, featured lead single “The House That Heaven Built.” The album, which reached No. 37 on the Billboard 200, was later short-listed for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize and nominated for a Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year.
Also on the bill is singer-songwriter and guitarist Craig Finn, best known as the frontman for American indie rock outfit The Hold Steady. The Minnesota-bred, New York-based musician is out on the road with his backing band, The Uptown Controllers, supporting his upcoming third solo LP, We All Want the Same Things. The album, set to be released on March 24 via Partisan Records, was recorded in Rhinebeck, N.Y. with producer Josh Kaufman and engineer Dan Goodwin. Finn brought in a variety of musicians to contribute to the album, including Joe Russo (drums), Sam Kassirer (keys), Rainer Maria’s Caithlin De Marrais (vocals), Annie Nero (vocals), Stuart Bogie (horns), and The Hold Steady’s Tad Kubler (guitar).
Tickets for Friday and Saturday, $32.75 CA through $35.75 CA are available online. This is a 19 and over event, valid photo ID is required for entry. The Danforth Music Hall is located at 147 Danforth Avenue in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. For more information, visit Japandroids’ website, Craig Finn’s website, and The Danforth Music Hall’s website.