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
128 NE Russell, Portland, OR 97212
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