Last Night: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at Fitzgerald's

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Photos by Jim Bricker
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Weird Party
January 21, 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.

The show was an early one by Houston standards, starting at 8:30 p.m. Why do the touring and routing gods torture us so with a show like this on a weeknight coming right off a three-day holiday weekend?

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.

The JSBX was in town on Monday night touring behind last fall's Meat+Bone, their first slab of new material since 2004's Damage.

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Weird Party
Openers Weird Party, the only Houston band I could think of to adequately open for the JSBX, made quick work of their sizable crowd, all Shawn Adolph akimbo out front.

They played nearly all of last year's Hussy, a favorite local album of 2012, plus a cover of Alice Cooper's "Is It My Body?"

A very open secret about Weird Party is that Kyle Gionis is one of the most underrated guitarists in Houston. He's one of my favorites to watch in town. So it's not a secret anymore. You should all go see Weird Party as much as you can, and watch him.

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.

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2706 White Oak, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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was torn also between this one and Mangum.  But, the latter being sold out and my friend's bday stuff happening at JSBX, i did the good friend thing.  RAD SHOW


Craigers, it's no mystery who makes Spencer moan. Cristina Martinez, that's who -- his wife and musical partner in Boss Hog.


I was torn between this show and Jeff Mangum; opted for Mangum as I figure I'll have a better chance of seeing JSBX before too long. I'm sure you guys had more drinking, but the Mangum show seemed to pull in every hipster in town.

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