Staff Pick: Spiritualized to take your body and soul to dangerous places at Wexner Center

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From the July 11, 2013 edition

Note: Due to logistical snafu, the Spiritualized concert at the Wexner Center has been postponed until Sept. 15. All tickets for the July 13 show will be honored on the new date. Refunds are available at the point of purchase or by phone at (614) 292-0330.

Like heroin, Jason Pierce’s music takes your body and soul to dangerous places, but the rush is so exhilarating that some people take the risk. That’s not an endorsement of heroin — stay off the skag, kids! — but a warning that Saturday’s Spiritualized show might kill you.

At the least, it’ll contribute to an addiction. Since shoegazers Spacemen 3 disbanded in 1990, Pierce has been using gospel tropes and interstellar classic rock to tell unparalleled tales of drug-addled despair. 1999’s Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space is the definitive text, but last year’s Sweet Heart Sweet Light is a fine starting point.

It’s got everything Spiritualized specializes in: the trademark desolation (“Sometimes I wish that I was dead/ ’Cause only the living can feel the pain”), the grandiose rock ’n’ roll joyride (“Hey Jane”), the euphoric anthem-hymn (“So Long You Pretty Thing” either approximates “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” ascending to heaven or circling the drain, I can’t tell).

Guy Blakeslee from the sublime Entrance Band opens the concert.