"The Blues Explosion's cheeky, scrappy brand of rock'n'roll is still something to cherish" — Pitchfork
Supersense bring together a stunning double-bill featuring New York's dirtiest dealers of splintery rock'n'roll and one of the great shamans of guitar improvisation.
Prepare your earholes for aural ecstasy as these two contrastingly hypnotic acts come together on an unrepeatable bill: New York's secular preachers The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and guitar-wielding avant-garde icon Marc Ribot.
Like an overflowing Manhattan sewer spilling the city's secrets onto the streets, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion peddle the kind of filth-smeared rock'n'roll that leaves pretenders stone-cold. Guitarist Judah Bauer's licks are black-and-bluesy, Russell Simins bangs out frenzied rhythms, and the inimitable figure of Mr Jon Spencer tells the truths like no-one else could.
Guitarist Marc Ribot is a secular shaman of the six-stringed. A legend of New York's downtown music scene, and sideman to the likes of Tom Waits and John Zorn, Ribot is a true icon of music. His nomadic ear has seen his albums traverse countless genres across jazz, noise, rock and world music.
"Before the White Stripes, before the Black Keys, there was the Blues Explosion..." The Guardian
"[Ribot is] famously a musician of chameleonic skill, equally at ease with the dusky Americana of a T Bone Burnett production as he is with the scrabbling provocations of John Zorn." New York Times
Purchase one of the festival passes below to see this act together with other amazing performances.
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Supersense is full of exciting, extreme and entertaining performances. By upgrading to a pass you'll get to see punk matriarch Lydia Lunch, shaman of the six-stringed Marc Ribot, pop-renegade Ariel Pink, The Necks' Chris Abrahams solo, Melbourne icons HTRK and Chunky Move together and more! Limited availability.
All performance times will be released on Friday 17 July.
The festival takes place in a variety of Arts Centre Melbourne locations, including the main theatres and also various back stage areas. All Friday and Saturday evening events will take place in Arts Centre Melbourne's theatres and audience members will have allocated seating.Sunday's performance of John Cale + Special Guests will be performed at Hamer Hall. Events on Friday night and during the day on Saturday will take place throughout various backstage areas and where seating is available, it will be unallocated.
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Tickets will be distributed within 7-10 working days of purchase. On the day of the event, all pass holders will need to exchange their ticket for a wristband at the box office. More information will be sent out to pass holders closer to the Festival. Single ticket holders (tickets purchased without a pass) will only have access to the event that they purchased a ticket to.
The following events have allocated seating: the opening night of Tao Dance Theatre on Thursday 6 August, all Saturday evening events (The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Gurrumul, Discreet + Oblique) and Sunday evening's performance of John Cale. All events that are included in the Friday Pass and Saturday Pass (during the day) are General Admission.
As part of the Saturday pass, audience members can choose one evening event. People who wish to see more than one evening event will need to purchase an additional single ticket. Please check the times of all Saturday evening events, as some run concurrently.