Colorado's best shows this week: James Blake, Rodriguez and more - Reverb

Colorado’s best shows this week: James Blake, Rodriguez and more

1) James Blake — Sunday, Ogden Theatre, $25-$30

All it took to throw the copy-and-paste dubstep scene on its head was a little British producer who’s pretty good at piano and has a beautiful voice. James Blake challenged a culture known for simply stimulating listeners with obnoxious synths to dig a little. On top of his thunderous sub-bass, he sings in a gospel voice about childhood, love, fame, rain. It’s real emotion rather than a reaction. And even live, Blake takes his carefully crafted songs a step further. Unlike others in his genre who just push buttons, Blake plays piano, sings and operates electronics while backed by other live musicians. He plays the Ogden Theatre on Sunday. (Tickets, $25-$30, axs.com.)

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