James Blake and his band walked briskly out onto stage. Taking his place behind his keyboard and laptop, he led his trio in a chaotic, explosive rendition of one of his first singles, 2009's "Air and Lack Thereof." Swirling blue and green lights swallowed up the band. The skuzzed out bass swallowed up the crowd. Next, he'd slow things down with one of the quiet, insightful singles from his self-titled debut album, "I Never Learnt to Share." He sported a black jacket with a black t-shirt and stood at his keyboard. Immediately following that, the band jumped back into the beat-driven world with "CMYK," the booming house single that first helped the British musician catch buzz in the United States only a few years ago. Three bat signal-like lights watched from behind the stage, shifting and changing with each pulse. And after that? Well, he busted out "Limit To Your Love," another reflective, soft single from his debut record.
In other words, James Blake's show is unpredictable.More »