Queens of the Stone Age was dynamite at Live 105's Not So Silent Night shows in December, blowing away Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon and nearly everyone else on the star-studded bill.

The hard-hitting group is currently touring in support of "... Like Clockwork," which was one of 2013's best albums.

Queens of the Stone Age performs Thursday at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Show time is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $45, www.ticketmaster.com.

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Jon Spencer Blues Explosion:

Spencer's mighty outfit rolls out a combustive mix of garage rock, R&B, rockabilly, blues, alt rock and soul.

It's as decadent as it is delightful.

The band performs Tuesday at The Blank Club in San Jose. Show time is 8 p.m. and tickets are $15-$20, www.ticketweb.com.

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Also worth checking out:

Electronic/soul artist Blood Orange performs Tuesday at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Show time is 8 p.m. and ticket are $18, www.slimspresents.com.

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Queens of the Stone Age frontman Joshua Homme performs on the second night of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., on Saturday, April
Queens of the Stone Age frontman Joshua Homme performs on the second night of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., on Saturday, April 12, 2014. (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times/MCT) ( Brian van der Brug )