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The Jim Jones Revue will be burning the house down in Brooklyn and Jersey this month (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

Saturday, September 10, Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North Sixth St., $16, 9:00
Sunday, September 18, Maxwell’s, $12-$15, 9:00

Nominated — with good reason — for Best Live Act by Mojo magazine, England’s Jim Jones Revue knows how to rip it up. When we saw them last summer at the Mercury Lounge, they nearly tore the place down with their pulse-pounding energy. And they’ve now captured that inextinguishable passion on their latest album, Burning Your House Down (Punk Rock Blues, August 2011), thirty-three frenetic minutes of electrifying rock and roll. The record explodes out of the gates with a fiery machine-gun-like fury of scalding vocals, scorching guitars, sizzling piano riffs, and smoking drums. Songs such as “Dishonest John,” “Premeditated,” and “Killin’ Spree” whip by at a near-suicidal pace, while “Elemental” blows up bigger than July Fourth fireworks, reaching an earth-shaking “9.9 on the Richter scale,” as Jones shouts. “Shoot first,” he sings on another song, “ask questions later,” and that could stand as the band’s motto, especially when he adds, “Make sure it’s loaded!” Also featuring Rupert Orton on guitar, Gavin Jay on bass, Nick Jones on drums, and new keyboard player Henri Herbert, the Jim Jones Revue will be igniting the crowd at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 10 (with Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkey Birds and Des Roar) and then setting Maxwell’s ablaze on September 18 (with Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkey Birds again). We have to admit, we have drunk the Kool-Aid, and we strongly advise you do the same.

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