"There's a strange alchemy at work in Spiritualized, the band Jason Pierce has fronted since 1990. On its surface, the music mines many of the same themes, musical or otherwise, again and again, over and over, album after album. There's nary a Spiritualized song that doesn't touch on God, drugs, love, or typically a blurry mix of all three, while the music itself consistently recalls no less than the Velvet Underground recast as a gospel-blues outfit, amped up and dosed with melancholy..." [Chicago Tribune]

today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Hot Tub @ Littlefield
* David Sedaris @ BAM
* A Tonic Reunion @ The Stone
* Sam Jayne @ The Manhattan Inn
* Gerald Cleaver, Walter @ Zebulon
* Spiritualized, Nikki Lane @ Terminal 5
* Jonet, Shannon McArdle @ Mercury Lounge
* Ane Brun, Gemma Ray @ Bowery Ballroom
* Nels Cline, Tim Berne & Jim Black @ Shapeshifter Lab
* Eytan & The Embassy, Pyyramids @ Mercury Lounge
* Mephista, John Zorn, Steve Bernstein's MTO @ The Stone
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Jim Campilongo Electric Trio with Stephan Crump, Tony Mason ($8), Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost, Adam Levy Guitar Duo @ Living Room
* SAM AMIDON, REEVE CARNEY, BILL FRISELL, EMMYLOU HARRIS, NICO MUHLY, KAREN O, LOU REED, NICK ZINNER, THOMAS BARTLETT, THE WRECKING BALL BAND: Doug Wieselman, Rob Moose, Oren Bloedow, Ray Rizzo, Tony "Thunder" Smith, Anthony Diodore, Scorchio String Quartet @ St. Ann's (only $1000 a tickets)

Nikki Lane opens for Spiritualized at Terminal 5 tonight. Check out pictures and the setlist from the Chicago show.

You can also catch Spiritualized on Letterman tonight.

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