Tonight’s Concert Picks: Spiritualized at Union Transfer, Laura Mvula at World Cafe Live, Muse at Wells Fargo Centerat


Though tonight’s early-anticipated opening of Boot and Saddle is sold out, there is other live music to be seen – including Spiritualized, who headline Union Transfer.  Formed by Spaceman 3 leader Jason Pierce, the UK psychedelic rock project released its third full-length, Sweet Heart Sweet Light, in 2012.  Pierce is the only permanent member of the band, though he fully realized the album’s intricacies with a band of six other musicians when he played a Free at Noon for XPN in May 2012 (listen back to that performance here).  Tickets and information for the all ages show with Guy Blakeslee can be found here.  Watch Spiritualized’s new video for “I Am What I Am” below.

WXPN Welcomes Laura Mvula to World Cafe Live. The exotic British soul and jazz influenced singer-songwriter was XPN’s Artist To Watch in May. Tickets and more information here.

English rockers Muse will perform at the Wells Fargo Center tonight with Cage the Elephant.  The Devon, England-born band has released six records since its beginnings in 1994, the most recent effort being 2012’s The 2nd Law.  Departing from the heavily prog-rock influenced dynamic on their earlier releases, The 2nd Law was recorded with an electronic focus – UK electronic act Nero has a production credit on the album and the composition nods to dubstep in a big way.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Watch the video for “Madness” below.


Spiritualized are tripping back to Philly to Union Transfer on September 9

Spiritualized, WXPN Free At Noon - photo by John Bartol
Spiritualized, WXPN Free At Noon – photo by John Bartol

British psychedelic soul-space rockers Spiritualized are heading back to Philly on Monday, September 9 to Union Transfer. Formed by J. Spaceman (Jason Pierce) after the demise of his band Spacemen 3, Spiritualized hit their creative stride on their third album, the ground breaking Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating In Space. In April, 2012, the band released Sweet Heart Sweet Light, and in May did a Free At Noon concert at WXPN (videos below). Tickets to their show at Union Transfer are available here.

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Stream the new Spiritualized new album, Sweet Heart Sweet Light via NPR Music (playing TLA in May)

The psychedelic space-rock act Spiritualized releases its new album, Sweet Heart Sweet Light, on Tuesday, April 17th. You can stream the album in its entirety here via NPR Music. Below, listen to “Hey Jane” from the album. Spiritualized plays the TLA on Friday, May 17th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.

Spiritualized ‘Hey Jane’ by Spiritualized