The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion is an iconic indie rock power trio that peaked in the mid 1990s with a unique blend of ironic rock posturing, swampy blues funk and fuzzed-out guitar skree. The band appropriated blues and rock clichés, folding those elements into a shambolic garage rawk sound that was equal parts self-aware post-punk and swaggering showmanship. Questions of authenticity dogged the trio throughout its career, but that was never the point. The band’s inspired put-on is presented as its identity and as a listener you either get sweaty with it or you don’t.
Jon Spencer started out as the frontman for ‘80s scuzz rockers Pussy Galore. Based in DC and counting future Royal Trux main man Neil Michael Hagerty among its... Read More