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October 24, 1994 | LORRAINE ALI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion played a show in Minnesota recently, the trio was confronted by an irate audience member. "He was ranting. 'You're not a blues band. I've been playing blues for 20 years, and you're definitely not a blues band!' " recalls Jon Spencer, the trio's 29-year-old leader. The incensed club-goer was sort of right. The Blues Explosion doesn't hail from the Mississippi Delta or the smoky dives of Chicago.
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November 28, 2002 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
Whether it's a neighborhood bar band or any of the supposed guitar prodigies that are being pushed on the public these days, white musicians have so bastardized the blues over the years that many of today's best and brightest young artists shy away from the term. It's hard to blame them when most of the bands passing themselves off as the blues these days are so sanitized that they've left out the genre's most important ingredient: soul.
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April 14, 2002 | NATALIE NICHOLS
A loud, rude sound blasts out the open door of the El Rey Theatre, spilling onto Wilshire Boulevard and mingling with the noise of cars and buses roaring past. It's sound-check time for New York punk-blues trio the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and singer-guitarist Spencer is messing around with his trademark theremin, a vintage electronic instrument. "It can be louder in both of these," he tells the sound man, indicating the monitors at his feet. "Just let it rip."
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January 2, 2007 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
With its flair for celebration and its embrace of the communal spirit, a run-of-the-mill Flaming Lips concert is a lot like a New Year's Eve party. So imagine what an actual Flaming Lips New Year's Eve concert must be like. A crowd of Lips loyalists got that chance Sunday at Galen Center, the new basketball arena on the USC campus, as the veteran alt-rock stalwarts from Oklahoma City upped the ante on their usual antics.
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