Japandroids, Surfer Blood at the Billiken Club, 11/20/09 

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The Billiken Club's series of free winter shows continued with Vancouver's the Japandroids and Florida's Surfer Blood. Read the concert review. Photos by Jason Stoff.
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Brian King of Japandroids.
Tracks like “Heart Sweats” really got the Billiken Club’s crowd moving.
Danielle Tripoli, Julie Wood and Tabitha McCluskie came up from Carbondale, Illinois for their first Japandroids show.
Surfer Blood member Marcos Marchesani shows off some of his band’s merch.
Rachel Boeglin and Amy Wall, SLU students, help run the Billiken Club.
Brian King and David Prowse of Japandroids.
Brian King and David Prowse of Japandroids, post-rocking.
Brian King and David Prowse of Japandroids.
Surfer Blood (John Paul Pitts, Thomas Fekete)
Big fans of both bands, Sam Baiamonte and Anthony Engelhardt show off their Japandroids show poster.
Surfer Blood
Tess Childress attended the show, “to make up for missing them at the Pitchfork Music Festival” earlier this year.
Surfer Blood (Marcos Marchesani, Thomas Fekete, John Paul Pitts, Brian Black, and Tyler Schwarz) pose for a quick portrait after Japandroids’ set.
Brian King of Japandroids.
Surfer Blood (John Paul Pitts, Thomas Fekete)
Brian King of Japandroids.
Japandroids maintained its characteristic high energy level throughout the set.
Brian King and David Prowse of Japandroids.
David Prowse and Brian King of Japandroids.
Fists in the air for Japandroids.
Intensity and crowd interaction are quickly becoming staples of Brian King’s stage presence.
Crowd members on the verge of being onstage wasn’t out of the ordinary during Japandroids’ set.
Brian King of Japandroids.
Washington University students Karl Wassmann, Kenny Hofmeister, Natalie Amleshi, Catlyne Lasser and Daniel Burton. This was Catlyne’s second Japandroids show.
Japandroids merch, and one very energetic salesman.
Sean Cotton and Ken Kumanomido, Washington University students, heard about Japandroids by reading music blogs and Pitchfork.com – a common theme among attendees.
Surfer Blood (Marcos Marchesani)
Joe Bohner, Jacob Etter and Corey Worthington saw Japandroids earlier this year at the Pitchfork Music Festival, and loved Surfer Blood’s set.
David Prowse of Japandroids.
Billiken Club staff Meghan Geyman and Emily Mohan.
Chris Laird and Robert Yancey hadn’t seen Japandroids before, but came from Alton, Illinois for the free show.
Brian King often raised his guitar above his head while approaching drummer David Prowse, resulting in many rock-star moments.
Oliver, Marcus, and Jennifer heard of Japandroids from a California public radio station before seeing them perform at the Billiken Club.
Emily Vogl, Alex Bubchnik, and local poster-czar John Vogl (of The Bungaloo) enjoy a drink before the show.
Surfer Blood (Brian Black)
Surfer Blood (Tyler Schwarz)
Amanda Voirol and Tony Smaniotto came in from Peoria and Champaign, Illinois. Tony works at Polyvinyl, Japandroid’s record label.
Friday night’s crowd waits for Japandroids to take the stage.
Brian King and David Prowse of Japandroids.
Brian King of Japandroids.