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Photograph: Nick Waplington

Music Hall of Williamsburg; Sat 26 Terminal 5; Sun 27

Spiritualized’s Jason “Spaceman” Pierce comes from a school of psychedelia in which every gesture and sentiment is inflated into carnival or tragedy. The British singer has performed at the top of both the CN Tower and the World Trade Center; his albums generally feature enough musicians to conquer a small nation. On Spiritualized’s lovely recent disc, Songs in A&E, he sings of his life-threatening bout with pneumonia with characteristic bombast. The musician dedicates the album to the staff of the Royal London Hospital, who surely deserve the salutation: Judging from the drama inherent to his music, he was a difficult patient. At Music Hall of Williamsburg and Terminal 5, Pierce plays with an economical rock band—four musicians plus a pair of backup singers—but the sound, no doubt, will be far grander. Even when this musician is quiet, he somehow seems loud.

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