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Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Youthbitch

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Wonder Ballroom (map) Northeast
Thu., Aug. 18, 9 p.m. 2011 21+

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
$15-17

I remember being blown away by the first performance I ever saw of the Black Keys in 2004—when Patrick Carney's punishing, blistering drumming caused multiple drumsticks to splinter, wood shards everywhere, while his hands bled all over his kit, droplets flying. They were white hot. But then I flashed back to 1996 at Seattle's Moore Theatre, when Jon Spencer Blues Explosion spit, jumped, decimated, and very nearly raised the ever-loving roof off that place, touring on their album Now I Got Worry. With frenzy and chops, they really paved the driveway to the garage rock of the mid-'00s. Say what you will about their particular brand of "blues"—but JSBX are the best performers you will likely ever see. They are fearless and rabid—the charismatic Spencer is a panty-dropping wizard, performing complicated and mystical spells on his theremin, evoking a snake-oil James Brown persona, while guitarist Judah Bauer and drummer Russell Simins flay the shit out of booty-shaking, dirty, bluesy rock 'n' roll. In short, you're probably going to want to catch these seminal musical monsters. COURTNEY FERGUSON

Wonder Ballroom

128 NE Russell, Portland, OR 97212
503-284-8686
Hours: Ballroom open for events only, Cafe open: Tues-Sat 5 pm-"late"
http://wonderballroom.com

Venue Hours
  • Ballroom open for events only, Cafe open: Tues-Sat 5 pm-"late"
Event Times
This event is in the past.
  • Thu., Aug. 18, 9 p.m. 2011