The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Fitzgerald’s, Houston, TX, US (21 January 2013)

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion show at Fitzgerald’s, 2706 White Oak, Houston, TX, US with Weird Party on 21 January 2013.


“”We use these instruments like jackhammers,” says Jon Spencer, headlining Fitzgerald’s with the Blues Explosion on the evening of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, leaving the venue’s proverbial and literal ears ringing.

Yes you do, Mr. Spencer. Yes you do. I am also sure that your trio — guitarist Judah Bauer and drummer Russell Simins — would find a way to use jackhammers like instruments, too, if you had the opportunity.

At some point, I overheard someone say that this was their kid’s first club show. The JSBX as your first “show” puts you on a different plain than your friends at school, I would imagine. It shows that your parents are cool, they had a fun time in their twenties, and that you will always be a little let down from here on out by static, snoozer indie bands.

I wish I was this kid.” – Craig Hlavaty /

Photo Credit: Jim Bricker

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