The Nauti Mermaid
1378 West 6th Street
216-771-6175; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Monday through Thursday, till
midnight Friday and Saturday, till
10 p.m. Sunday. Bar remains open
until 2 a.m. Monday through
Elvis lives . . . in spirit anyway, as reflected by this retro collaboration between Jon Spencer, leader of his self-dubbed Blues Explosion, and Matt Verta-Ray from rockabilly revivalist Speedball Baby. Vintage-sounding rockers, such as "Dark Hair'd Rider," "Lover Street," and "The Loveless," take a cue from Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and other Sun Records alumni, while the sole ballad, "Fix These Blues," recalls Exile-era Stones. Spencer's seductive croon dominates the proceedings stylistically, but Verta-Ray's influence seems to have held sway. Heavy? Not really, although the sardonic leer and amped-up attitude confirm that this Trash wasn't simply tossed off.