Live review: Japandroids, Surfer Blood @ the Larimer Lounge

[insertReverbPhoto id="79933" photo="8"] Japandroids -- neither robots nor Japanese. Discuss. Photo by Joe McCabe. From the first time I saw the name of the duo, I envisioned Japandroids as something closer to the hulking, giant mechanoids from late ‘70s Japanimation than a couple of garage-born auteurs from British Columbia.

Girlpool’s chamber punk charms Lost Lake Lounge

L.A. duo Girlpool took over a packed room at Lost Lake Lounge Sunday night, enveloping a rapt audience with their quiet-but-intense chamber punk. Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker drew their audience into the sparse, poignant music on which they’ve built a solid DIY following and simultaneously exemplified the entire gist of the deeper indie/underground movement.

Dodos at the Bluebird Theater in Denver (photos, review)

San Francisco’s Dodos seem to have proven once and for all that in rock today, the number of band members means nothing. These two musicians played what could have been a sparse, minimalist 55 minutes at the Bluebird Theater on Monday - and that would’ve been just fine.