[ rock/"gospel" ]
Nobody makes music like Jason Pierce. In the 20-some years since the dissolution of his pioneering Spacemen 3, the by-now-iconic British rocker (sometimes styled as J. Spaceman, though his legal surname seems just as apropos of his music's emotional effect) has developed, honed, perfected and repeatedly revisited (with considerable fidelity, though varying degrees of potency), essentially a single, singular psych-gospel-soul-folk-blues-space-drone-minimalist-maximalist-rock template. The elemental urgency, bombastic transcendence and unapologetic excess of this seemingly unsustainable approach are nearly captured by the aptly overblown name, Spiritualized, he invented for the long-running band of which he is effectively the sole true member. Sweet Heart, Sweet Light (Fat Possum/Double Six), album number seven, is no exception: It's as familiar and predictable as an old drug. Clearly Pierce has no musical surprises for us at this point — but it's also the most enjoyable, and certainly the most archetypal, Spiritualized record in ages. And it's a high no one else can supply.
Fri., May 11, 8 p.m., $20-$26, with Nikki Lane, TLA, 334 South St., tlaphilly.com.