Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion 

With Dub Narcotic Sound System. Sunday, May 12, at the Beachland.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
  • Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
With all the attention Detroit up-and-comers the White Stripes and Dirt Bombs are getting for their gutter-punk blues, it seems the rock zeitgeist has finally caught up with Jon Spencer and his Blues Explosion. Spencer's band has been plugging the sounds of the Delta into its amps for more than a decade, and aside from the Stones-through-the-looking-glass ravings of Spencer's old Pussy Galore bandmates, Royal Trux, it's a path the Blues Explosion has been treading pretty much alone.

But now, as the JSBX hits the road, hot on the heels of the release of its seventh album, Plastic Fang, Spencer will finally be preaching to the choir. Or yowling to the choir, more accurately. If money's tight, skip the album and catch the Blues Explosion live. Spencer, Judah Bauer (bass), and Russell Simins (drums) make for an incredibly tight trio.

And then there's Spencer himself: Sweaty and sexy as hell, he comes off like he's got "rock star" encoded into every strand of his DNA, a tousled and growling Jim Morrison manqué, gyrating like Elvis and copping Mick's strut. Our guess is that John Waters dreamed him up, not least because Spencer is a major, unapologetic ham. A JSBX show is not-to-be-missed theater -- albeit the kind of theater where horniness, jumping around and spilling your beer, and most other sins of demon rock are encouraged. Because you're part of the show.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Speaking of Previews

Latest in Livewire

More by Maya Singer

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 5, 2022

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

Staff Pick Events

  • Dustin Nickerson @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Thu., Jan. 20
  • Clayton English @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Fri., Jan. 21
  • Windborne's the Music of Queen @ State Theatre

    • Fri., Jan. 21

© 2022 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation