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Wednesday, May 6 2009

Jason Pierce's band, Spiritualized, is the highest-profile act to emerge from the ashes of Spacemen 3. But pay close attention to fellow Spaceman Pete Kember — aka Sonic Boom — if the massively influential drone-rockers' catalog has left you wanting more. Kember's group, Spectrum, runs with the formula of Spacemen 3's Playing with Fire — skeletal blues with few chords and loads of cosmic glaze. And as with Spacemen 3, Spectrum's textural alchemy has proven equally suited for cover songs as it is for originals — elegiac versions of Daniel Johnston and Beat Happening tunes place among Kember's finest moments.

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