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Blues Explosion! It’s been eight years since Jon Spencer was last on wax bellowing those words with a slurry drawl and a distorted microphone. But his thundering trio is back in action, with a new record in the shops (“Meat and Bone”) and a show at Pearl Street in Northampton Thursday at 8 p.m. Ava Luna will open.
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s extra-long break somehow kept the cobwebs from collecting around the group. They’re rejuvenated, having an honest and loose good time. “Bag Of Bones” is a dance-demanding four-on-the-floor groove with some non-ironic blues harmonica. I first heard it while in the car, and when Spencer yelled “Get up-uh!” I really would have, but I was driving, so I turned it up instead.
“Black Mold” kicks off the album with a bashing, chugging rhythm that ends with Spencer listing names from the spines of his record collection with preacher fervor — Art Blakey, Milton Babbitt, Randy Newman, Grant Green, “the explosive Little Richard.”
The album is a party all around, with some funky soul-inspired songs like “Get Your Pants Off” and “Strange Baby” — and any one of the above will stand strong among the Blues Explosion’s previous highlights (“Afro,” “Bellbottoms,” “Big Road,” “Blues X Man” and more), which should make for a great live show.
Cold Crush Brothers founder DJ Tony Crush will be on the wheels of steel for Flywheel’s Old School Hip Hop Party Night in Easthampton Saturday at 6 p.m. The evening begins with a screening of the classic 1983 hip hop film “Wild Style” at 6:30 p.m., followed by a panel discussion with Crush and local rapper/activist Maurice “Soulfighter” Taylor, and finally the dance party with DJ Tony Crush on the turntables at 9:30 p.m.
Members of the acclaimed pop/soul/jazz quartet Lake Street Dive have been cooped up making their latest record — a full-length that follows this year’s aptly named mostly-covers EP “Fun Machine” — but they’ll escape the confines of the studio to jump on stage for a show at the Iron Horse in Northampton Saturday at 7 p.m. Plume Giant opens.
Local DJ duo Purity Supreme presents the special Halloween Edition of their highly popular dance night, Wooly Bully. DJ Cashman and Snack Attack spin soul, garage, funk and Motown, exclusively on vinyl. Heavy grooves to make bodies move. At Pearl Street, Saturday at 11 p.m.
Jeff Holmes, longtime UMass music faculty member, brings his quartet to Northampton to celebrate the release of its new album “Of One’s Own,” which features the multi-instrumentalist on piano. At the Iron Horse, Monday at 7 p.m.
Ghoul’s Night Out includes performances by Speedy Ortiz, Flock of Sigall, Steamrollers, Tumblecat Poof Poofy Poof and a Misfits cover band called Omelets of Disease. It all happens at Flywheel in Easthampton Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.