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Heavy Trash

With Powersolo. Wednesday, September 12, at the Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights.

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Jon Spencer lifts some Heavy Trash. - WALTER NOVAK
Regardless of where you plop Jon Spencer -- Pussy Galore, the Blues Explosion, Boss Hog, or Heavy Trash, his current partnership with Matt Verta-Ray -- there is always an inimitable swagger to the music. It's a combination of reverence for rootsy antecedents and a willingness to wander off-road into knotty brambles.

With Heavy Trash and its rockabilly gait, an older Spencer decides to hug the roadside. Verta-Ray has mined similar territory for years with Speedball Baby, and he makes for a ready companion. Their second album together, Going Way Out With Heavy Trash, is a fine, surprisingly catholic release. There's plenty of hip-swiveling, old-time rock and roll action, as well as a few hints of country and bluegrass.

Verta-Ray and Spencer share deft harmonies. Their voices -- reedy and robust, respectively -- complement each other nicely, particularly on the catchy rave-up "Outside Chance." Still, the main attraction is two guys who can really play guitar and know where to tap the genre's wellspring.

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