Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Crescent Ballroom - 6/16/2013

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Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Amy Young
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Crescent Ballroom
June 16, 2013

It was definitely a crowd of serious fans that filled up the Crescent Ballroom last night to see NYC's Jon Spencer Blues Explosion lay down their well-oiled rock 'n' roll fury. Before the band took the stage, the collective conversation was abuzz with "I saw 'em when and then" stories, which seemed, refreshingly, to come more from an excited perspective than a cooler-than-thou one. When the band came out and positioned themselves in front of the Crescent stage's lush red curtain, it was Blues Explosion business as usual.

Kicking it off with "2Kindsa Love" from the mid-'90s release Now I Got Worry, it was clear that the next 90 minutes plus were gonna be loud and proud.

Read More: Jon Spencer on the return of the Blues Explosion: "We cherish the work a lot more."

They tore into "Black Thoughts" from their latest release -- their first full-length in eight years -- Meat and Bone. In the midst of that song's gloriously catchy swagger, Spencer exclaims, "That is the worst vacation that I've ever been on," and you can't help but wonder if he's referring to the long break between recordings, highlighting how goddamn good it feels to be on the delivering end of their fueled-up rock.

From there, it only got more ferocious. "Bag of Bones," another gem from Meat and Bone offered all the noisy twang you could hope for from a Blues Explosion tune and gave way for Spencer to get a little more sermon-y style in his addressing the crowd.

Well past a few soulful and sassy reminders that "Ladies and Gentlemen, it's the Blues Explosion," he did a little tent-revival-style sermon about the truth and how it is his job to tell it like it is. A fine segue into the undeniable ass-shaker "Sweet 'n' Sour" from 2002's Plastic Fang.

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