The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion has finalized a fall West Coast tour, bringing along fellow New York garage rockers the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Liars. Launching Sept. 17 in Costa Mesa, Calif., the jaunt w
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion has finalized a fall West Coast tour, bringing along fellow New York garage rockers the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Liars. Launching Sept. 17 in Costa Mesa, Calif., the jaunt will find JSBX bringing its bluesy swagger to 13 cities before wrapping Oct. 5 in San Diego.
Last March, the group played San Francisco and Los Angeles, but this is its first full exploration of the West Coast in support of its latest Matador set, "Plastic Fang," released in April. On Sept. 10, Matador will re-release "Plastic Fang" with a bonus DVD featuring videos for "She Said" and "Sweet & Sour," as well as an hours worth of live performances and interviews. Those who have already purchased "Plastic Fang" can obtain the DVD with the purchase of any item from the Matador Web site.
In tow are two acts that are generating a healthy buzz of their own. Brooklyn's the Yeah Yeah Yeahs self-released a debut EP last year, but it was soon picked up for national distribution by Touch & Go. The group leans toward the artsy side of the garage rock spectrum with its angular guitar stomp, frenzied arrangements, and the beat-poet howl of Karen O, a frontwoman perhaps more well known in indie-rock circles for her beer-soaked stage antics.
Liars -- not to be confused with the early '80s garage revivalists of the same name -- will re-release their debut full-length "They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top" Aug. 20 via Mute. The album was released last year via Gern Blandsten, but has since gone out of print. Liars will play an Aug. 29 date in Boston and a Sept. 6 show in Philadelphia before heading west.
Here are the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's tour dates:
Sept. 17: Costa Mesa, Calif. (Detroit Bar)
Sept. 18: Los Angeles (the Palace)
Sept. 19: Santa Cruz, Calif. (Catalyst)
Sept. 20: San Francisco (Fillmore)
Sept. 23: Portland (Crystal Ballroom)
Sept. 24: Seattle (Showbox)
Sept. 25: Vancouver (Commodore Ballroom)
Sept. 27: Salt Lake City (Xscape)
Sept. 28: Denver (Ogden Theater)
Sept. 29: Albuquerque, N.M. (Sunshine Theater)
Oct. 2: Tuscon, Ariz. (Club Congress)
Oct. 4: Las Vegas (House of Blues)
Oct. 5: San Diego (the Scene)