ANDREW JACKSON JIHAD, FUTURE OF THE LEFT, JEFF ROSENSTOCK
(Backspace, 115 NW 5th) The ranks of Andrew Jackson Jihad have swollen. The invigorating folk-punk duo is performing as a quartet on this tour, and their enhanced size is the perfect accompaniment to their raucous, purgative live show. With uplifting anthems and bitter ballads, AJJ might be the best thing to ever come out of Phoenix. NED LANNAMANN
JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION, QUASI
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Jon Spencer and his explosive bluesmen have their detractors, but I’m not one of ’em. First, I cut Spencer tons of slack for heading Pussy Galore in the ’80s. Their sleazy noize middle-fingered music-biz conventions with gloriously spazzy nihilism. Second, those early Blues Explosion LPs ripped roots rock a few new ones—and roots rock still can’t s(h)it right. Third, the new album, Meat and Bone, slashes with much of the same ruthless, ribald power of those aforementioned early works. JSBX shouldn’t be sounding this vital this late in their career, but, surprisingly, they don’t need sonic Viagra. Fourth, you’re jealous that your woman wants Jon Spencer. DAVE SEGAL
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