Concert preview: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion still bashing out garage-rock rippers

Andy Downing, Columbus Alive

"Let's talk about the blues!" Jon Spencer howled amidst Acme, the band's 1998 full-length. Despite the proclamation - and the band's genre-indebted name - the Blues Explosion has never concerned itself with generating tunes that would fit in at in any run-of-the-mill blues fest. Rather, the trio bashes out bawdy, high-octane garage-rock rippers built on muddy grooves and Spencer's overcome-by-the-spirit yowls.

There was a stretch from 1993 to '96 where Spencer and Co. existed as one of the best under-the-radar bands in the States, a period that included three classic albums (Extra Width, Orange and Now I Got Worry) and countless raw nerve shows. A six-year hiatus, which ended in 2010, has done little to dampen the crew's spirit, judging by the raw-nerve Meat and Bone, from 2012, and this year's Freedom Tower – No Wave Dance Party 2015, which taps into the same unhinged energy that drove its earliest work.

Danny and the Darleans opens the show.

Photo by Micha Warren

The Basement

7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23

391 Neil Ave., Arena District

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