Jon Spencer & the HITmakers – Middle East, Cambridge, MA, US (24 January 2023)

Jon Spencer & the HITmakers show at Middle East (upstairs), Cambridge, MA, US with Minibeast and Muck and the Mires on 24 January 2023.

“In short, the HITmakers are a great lineup, and brought all the requisite heat to a packed Middle East last Tuesday. Spencer remains every bit a showman, no matter the project, and quickly worked up a collective sweat with a rapid-fire setlist pulling from the foursome’s two recent records. The hits came loud and fast via a passionate performance that often caught Spencer airborne or dropping to his knees for dramatic effect (one such instance even catching my lens hood with a headstock). A room jammed with longtime fans gave particularly ecstatic reactions to the night’s fleeting throwback moments (PG’s “Just Wanna Die,” a tease of the Blues Explosion’s signature tune “Bellbottoms”), but the band clearly didn’t need to rely on the nostalgia factor. The HITmakers’ left-of-the-dial garage rock is pure, vintage Spencer in spirit, and so was the set.” – Ben Stas /

The HITmakers:

Jon Spencer
Bob Bert
Sam Coomes

SET LIST included Junk Man, You Can’t Polish a Turd, Bellbottoms (Intro) and (Sometimes You Got To Be) Gentle



Live Photo: Ben Stas (
Poster Photo: Anthony Batista (
Tour Dates Artwork: Sam Coomes (


HITmakers show #211