Posted in music | pictures on December 6, 2012

photos by Dan Bracaglia, words by Andrew Sacher

Japandroids at Webster Hall - 12/4/12
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Japandroids have been on tour for a while now in support of their great 2012 LP, Celebration Rock, and after coming to NYC for a sold out two-night run at Bowery Ballroom and MHOW over the summer, the band returned this week and made the move up to a two-night run at Webster Hall (12/4-5), the first night of which was sold out. Five months, almost four times the amount of audience members, and multiple top 10 rankings in major music press year-end lists later, not a thing has changed about Japandroids on stage. They still play like it's the last night of their lives, and continue to make positive interactions with the crowd, who respond by going nuts all night. The usual raised fists and push pits were there, and at the encouragement of Brian King, a bunch of people stage dived (something that didn't happen at Music Hall in Williamsburg back in June). Though at one point the crowd started a "Let's Go Rangers!" chant to which Brian responded with, "Why are you trying to antagonize me? I'm here to make community," and after tons of cheers and a few guitar riffs later, he added "By the way, Rangers suck, Canucks rule!" and went directly into the next song. The set included all of Celebration Rock, most of Post-Nothing, and the non-album single, "Art Czars," which they've been playing on this run.

The show began with an opening set from DIIV, who brought their usual sense of guitar line-y indie pop, atypical attire, and bashing around on stage. They delivered a solid set of material from their debut album, Oshin, which dropped this year, and has also earned itself a fair amount of year-end list spots. The crowd was tamer for DIIV than I've seen them in the past, but there was still enough head bopping from people up in front that it looked like they went over pretty well.

More pictures from night 1 (night 2 coming soon) below.

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Comments (18)

great photos

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 9:10 AM

great phots.
love diiv.
fuck japandroids.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 9:18 AM

One of the better shows I've seen this year.

Posted by Tremags | December 6, 2012 9:19 AM

9:18 = douche

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 10:17 AM

Japandroids suck balls.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 10:35 AM

Awesome fotes!

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 10:56 AM

Japandroids got popular so FUCK THEM! Am I right guys?

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 11:20 AM

Great photos.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 11:24 AM

haha good one 11:20. that seems to be the case on this site

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 11:29 AM

Yeah, cos DIIV didn't get popular or anything.
Japandroids do suck. Always sucked.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 12:03 PM

show was a fucking blast, japandroids bring the energy

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 12:54 PM

Never bothered paying attention to this band. I heard that one song about French kissing a girl or kissing a French girl, whatever nonsense that was from a couple years back. Bleh.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 1:16 PM

Japandroids = Doobie Brothers

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 1:37 PM

Yeah. DIIV is popular and awesome. Japandroids are hacks. Suck balls.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 2:32 PM

Never paid attention to this band. Heard half a song about something french like 1:16 did and completely wrote them off. I think they're hacks and completely just cashing in. They didn't earn shit. I wish they sounded original like DIIV. DIIV are reinventing rock and music as a whole. There is not one other band out there that sounds like DIIV. All hail DIIV guys.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 6:35 PM

^ Japandroids.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 11:10 PM

DIIV played very well and were original, but all of their songs sounded pretty much the same. Japanadroids blew the stage away with their own originality and different type of songs. Never seen a show so great like Japandroids

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2012 4:36 PM

Diiv sounds original and doesn't sound like anything else? These are all jokes right?

Japandroids are pretty good but both bands sound completely derivative, don't try to pretend you like one of them more than the other for originality, neither band has very much...

Posted by Kevin Hirth | December 10, 2012 10:55 AM

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