London duo The Big Pink is a lovely Loveless-core proposition that remembers that the fun of buying pedal chains is making yourselves sound totally enormous. With a sound expansive enough to make American contemporaries like Pains of Being Pure at Heart or A Place to Bury Strangers look like precious dudes fingering Line 6 pedals in the practice space, Big Pink are the rock stars of nu-gazer, with actual charting singles in the U.K. and a vocalist, Robbie Furze, who can completely muscle his arena-ready hooks into the spotlight. But for now, they are a beloved indie crew, peddling their wares (of course) on reverb stalwart 4AD and doing two massive shows in New York—they’re at Bowery Ballroom tonight and Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow. They even nabbed a spot on Pitchfork’s Top 500 Songs of the Decade, for what that’s worth, with “Velvet,” produced by NIN’s Alan Moulder. See them on this tour, if not sooner. Because if we know anything about that magical combo of breakbeaty drums, churning guitars, and floaty artnoise (Reznor, Tricky, Moby), we know that critics are mad hasty to turn on this stuff for no reason at all. With 2008’s band-of-the-hour Crystal Antlers and Von Haze. Tonight at 8, Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, 212-533-2111; Friday at 8, Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th Street, Brooklyn.
Thu., Dec. 3, 8 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 4, 8 p.m., 2009