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Jon Spencer Blues Explosion have new video w/ Bridgett Everett, going on “Five Borough Freedom Tour” & more dates

by Bill Pearis

turn to the right: JSXB + Bridget Everett

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion have made a video for “Betty Vs. the NYPD” from their album Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015 which is out March 23. Directed by Michael Lavine, the video stars fearless comedian Bridget Everett who has been called in for questioning by the police, specifically both boy and girl versions of “Hot Detective” and “Leather Cop.” Needless to say, things don’t go quite like an episode of Law & Order and you can watch below.

Around the release of the album, the JSBX are going on what they’re calling the “Five Borough Freedom Tour” where they’ll be “leveling neighborhoods in Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island the week of March 23 to 28, including free shows at dive bars, breweries and beyond!” For some shows you can get guaranteed entry by buying the record from specified record stores:

Mon Mar 23 – Liedy’s Shore Inn (Staten Island; free show)
Mar 24 – Cake Shop (Manhattan; free tix with LP purchase from Other Music or Insound)
Mar 26 – Hank’s Saloon (Brooklyn: free but guaranteed entry with LP purchase from Turntable Lab)
Fri Mar 27 – The Point (The Bronx: free show)
Sat Mar 28 – Singlecut Brewery (Queens; free show)

In the midst of this, the JSBX will also play March 25 at WFMU’s Monty Hall in NJ and tickets to that show are on sale now, or you can get in by buying the album from Vintage Vinyl.

Starting in April, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion will hit the road and go beyond the tri-state area, but will also include another NYC show: Bowery Ballroom on May 28. Tickets for Bowery go on sale Friday (3/13) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (3/11) at noon.

All tour dates are listed, along with the new video and “Five Borough Freedom Tour” flyer, below…


Mon Mar 23 – Staten Island, Liedy’s Shore Inn (FIVE BOROUGH FREEDOM TOUR)
Mar 24 – Manhattan, Cake Shop (FIVE BOROUGH FREEDOM TOUR)
Mar 25 – Jersey City NJ, WFMU’s Monty Hall (FIVE BOROUGH FREEDOM TOUR)
Mar 26 – Brooklyn, Hank’s Saloon (FIVE BOROUGH FREEDOM TOUR)
Fri Mar 27 – The Bronx, The Point (FIVE BOROUGH FREEDOM TOUR)
Sat Mar 28 – Queens, Singlecut Brewery (FIVE BOROUGH FREEDOM TOUR)
April 8 – Iron Horse Music Hall – Northampton, MA
April 9 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA
April 10 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
April 11 – Black Cat – Washington DC
April 12 – The Southern – Charlottesville, VA
April 14 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
April 15 – Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC
April 16 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA
April 17 – The Bottletree – Birmingham, AL
April 18 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
April 19 – Zanzabar – Louisville, KY
April 20 – Radio Radio – Indianapolis, IN
April 21 – Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI
April 22 – Blind Pig – Ann Arbor, MI
April 23 – The Basement – Columbus, OH
April 24 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
April 25 – Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
May 6 – Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
May 7 – The Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
May 8 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
May 9 – The Ritz – San Jose, CA
May 11 – WOW Hall – Eugene, OR
May 12 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
May 13 – Imperial Theatre – Vancouver BC
May 14 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
May 15 – The Bartlett – Spokane, WA
May 16 – Neurolux – Boise, ID
May 17 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
May 19 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
May 21 – Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
May 22 – Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
May 23 – Casbah – San Diego, CA
May 28 – Bowery Ballroom – NYC
June 9 – Fairmount Theatre – Montreal, QC
June 10 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
June 13 – High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
June 14 – Turf Club – St. Paul, MN
June 15 – Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
June 17 – Rose Music Hall – Columbia, MO
June 18 – Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO
June 19 – Woodward Theater – Cincinnati, OH

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