Brian King of Japandroids on Husker Du, the Gun Club and the lost art of album art

Japandroids (due tonight at Larimer Lounge) started out with their own reinterpretation of angular, splintery punk and post-punk. But instead of sounding like another band that just discovered the Stooges or Joy Division, Japandroids plays their songs with a certain conviction you normally hear in blue-collar rock with a hint of tongue-in-cheek humor. This Vancouver band isn't exactly trying to create an ironic distance, and their exuberant live shows reveal an unaffected sincerity in the act's songwriting.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.