Ground control to Jason Pierce — Spiritualized will defy gravity at Royal Oak Music Theatre

Staff Pick


  • Juliette Larthe
Pretty much anyone who fancies themselves a musician, singer, band, or artist can coin pretty much any genre they want — cuddlecore, horrorcore, comedy rap, and cock pop come to mind. However, when it comes to Spiritualized, the genre “space rock” doesn’t seem ridiculous — in fact, it’s beyond fitting. Led by Jason Pierce (aka J. Spaceman) Spiritualized has been a pioneer of emotive shoegaze for more than three decades, anchored by the band’s seminal record, 1997’s Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space. Though a bit of a revolving door, the band’s current lineup delivered 2018’s And Nothing Hurt. Wistful, reflective, and distant in the way a comet hurtling through the atmosphere is distant, And Nothing Hurt is Spiritualized actualized.

Spiritualized will perform at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre; 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980;; Tickets are $35.

Get our top picks for the best events in Detroit every Thursday morning. Sign up for our events newsletter.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.