Label: Polyvinyl
Released: June 5th

By 2012, youthful vitality in rock music has been practically washed out in favor of the cooler, more apathetic sounds of chill wave and bedroom pop. Instead of giving in to the trend, Japandroids went ahead and increased the intensity of their own style: emotionally charged, fist-pumping rock that's about as close to pop-punk as a band can get without getting tagged with the label.

Celebration Rock is exactly what the title suggests, but a little more complicated. It's a coming-of-age story loaded with reckless abandon that's unwilling to relent, but there's also a touch of nostalgia and self-realization that gives these songs an earnest punch that's hard to find in rock these days.