The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Play Bowery Ballroom May 28th

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Play Bowery Ballroom May 28th

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion bringing FREEDOM back to NYC!

Thursday May 28th, 8:00 PM at the Bowery Ballroom!

With special guests Daptone recording artists Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens,

DJ $mall ¢hange, and mind-zorching visuals by B.A. Miale!

Watch Explosive Live Footage From The Legendary Five Borough Freedom Tour!

‘Freedom Tower – No Wave Dance Party 2015’

Album Out Now Through Mom+Pop

Photo: Micha Warren

To celebrate the recent release of their long-playing record album Freedom Tower – No Wave Dance Party 2015, the Blues Explosion brought their brand of high-octane street hassling back home, with an unprecedented Five Borough Freedom Tour! Relive all the excitement with this special film report, as they levelled neighborhoods in Staten Island, Manhattan, Jersey City, Brooklyn, The Bronx, and Queens! Currently on a three month North American tour, the JSBX makes a triumphant return to NYC on Thursday, May 28th at Bowery Ballroom! One night only! The Blues is #1!



May 19 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
May 20 – Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
May 21 – Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
May 22 – Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
May 23 – Casbah – San Diego, CA

May 27  – Abbey Bar – Harrisburg, PA
May 28 – Bowery Ballroom – NYC, NY
May 29 – Bearsville Theatre – Woodstock, NY
June 8 – Higher Ground – Burlngton, VT
June 9 – Fairmount Theatre – Montreal, QC
June 10 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
June 11 – Huma Room at HopCat – Detroit, MI

June 12 – Thalia Hall/Drill – Chicago, IL
June 13 – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
June 14 – Turf Club – St. Paul, MN
June 15 – Waiting Room – Omaha, NE

June 16 – Record Bar, Kansas City, MO
June 17 – Rose Music Hall – Columbia, MO
June 18 – Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO
June 19 – Woodward Theater – Cincinnati, OH

June 20 –  123 Pleasant Street – Morgantown, WV


“....a most memorable live performance.” Music Connection
“…One of the things you can count on in life.” Portland Mercury
“….Don’t miss out, the blues is number one.” Antiquiet

“…unhinged energy.” Columbus Alive!
“…you do not want to miss that show.” Detroit Metro Times

“A record as chaotic and full of life as the city that inspired it, Freedom Tower sweats with feverish energy. Consequence Of Sound

“Proof that the city hasn’t lost its soul just yet New York Post

“The band’s 10th album is a Big Apple riot…electronic glitches skip, hi-hats plink harshly, vocals are distorted and echoed, and explosions explode.” Rolling Stone

“… greasy riffs, twanging licks, tight drumbeats, banging, clattering, handclapping, and leather-trousered ass wiggling….expertly rendered, precisely messy, irresistibly life-affirming punky, funky rock ‘n’ roll.” Under The Radar

“…an infectiously upbeat energy that keeps that action moving at a brisk clip ….the Blues Explosion’s cheeky, scrappy brand of rock’n’roll is still something to cherish in the here and now.” Pitchfork

“Freedom Tower is a record you need to hear because it proves the golden rule of rock music. Just play your balls off and the ass will follow.” Big Takeover

“Freedom Tower pares the group back to the elements, the razor-wire riffs some of their best; while Spencer’s holler sounds as grease-slicked and super-cool as ever” **** MOJO

“Freedom Tower showcases three men who grasp that great rock’n’roll can be at once rudimentary, virtuoso and preposterous” **** UNCUT

New York City is a big place. A loud place. Some of that noise is music. And some of the music is noise.

Sucking it all in and turning it loose with prejudice, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion takes a ferocious bite out of the Big Apple with their new long-player,Freedom Tower – No Wave Dance Party 2015, the first record of the new era that demands to be stopped and frisked!

Like the best sides that percolated up from the Bronx, the Lower East Side, and Greenwich Village across the 1970s and ‘80s – Freedom Tower is more than a high-octane dance party record, it is a document of New York City, a chronicle of grit and terror and love!

It’s all here: The Hustler and The Trust Fund Baby, the Mosh Pit Casualty, the Celebrity Chef, the Crooked Cop, the Struggling Artist, the Sucker MC, the forgotten Sex Workers and Last-Chance Cinderellas. Within these grooves are cold-water tenements, blue-chip galleries, dingy Avenue B studios, and the last real warrior poet whose dark magick brings garage rock ghosts back from the grave!

Freedom Tower is a radical portrait of New York City set to the savage funkacide of the Blues Explosion, locked and loaded with the most deadly, predatory guitar riffs that primitive magnetic tape can handle…. From start to finish, Freedom Tower is overmodulated, cooked with dirt, and finished in acid rain!Freedom Tower is packed with the kind of beats and rhymes that will make even the most reserved Walter Mitty jump back and say “damn!”

For nearly a quarter-century the Blues Explosion have been sweating, freezing, eating, drinking, fucking, fighting, winning, and losing in New York City, perpetrating some of the most timeless moments of musical mayhem in the history of Manhattan and beyond. As ever, Jon Spencer tells the tales, Judah Bauer plays the blues, and Russell Simins smashes things to bits… And as always Blues Explosion stomp on the faux underground oasis peddled by bourgeois hipsters and marketing jocks to deliver the real deal —  rock’n’roll that is unapologetically nasty and strong.

Rehearsed and polished in a string of secret gigs and unannounced opening slots in theaters, hotel bars, and dives  (often under assumed names), and then recorded at the legendary Daptone House Of Soul in Bushwick and mixed with hip-hop cult legend Alap Momin at the cutting edge of Harlem, Freedom Tower is the most provocative statement of urban pathos and panache ever recorded.

Play this record at all-night rent parties, picnics, discotheques, and protests!

There are eight million stories in the Naked City — but there is only one Blues Explosion!

Freedom Tower – dig it now, while you still can!

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