• Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Reunited bands now seem nearly as plentiful as new bands, and the first measure of any regrouped lineup is whether it can still bang out the old material with gusto and skill. I think the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion have more or less succeeded on that count—when I saw them play under the brutal midafternoon sun at the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival they sounded pretty great, even if they didn’t quite have the old swagger. Aging is a bitch when agility and sex appeal are a big part of what makes your band work onstage, and JSBX haven’t been immune to the ravages of time. Spencer’s shtick seemed less amusing, but the music still had its oomph.