James Blake:  Are You With Him Or Against Him?
  • THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2013

  • Posted by: David Pitz

James Blake is a polarizing musician. Most ambitious artists blazing their own creative path, all but defining their own genre of music as they go, tend to be. His production, his performance process, that voice of his? It's all very, very appealing to me. I'm one of those nuts who laps it all up and asks for more. Others I know (our Managing Editor Matt Howard, for example) just hear a guy who sounds like he's yawning all of the time. And you know how contagious yawns are...

Blake's second album, Overgrown, is not one to win over such detractors (read: Matt Howard and people like Matt Howard...who are these people?). Rather, Overgrown is anything but: an even more withered collection of misty atmospherics, lost beats, apparitional vocals, with the occasional blast of shock-inducing synth. It's a bold direction for an artist who clearly could have pandered closer to the pop market this time around, profiling in the vein of Florence Welch or even The XX. But Blake stayed true, requiring his fans' craving for his broken, dubbed-out soul be a little more adventurous this time around. With a streak of big, sold out shows from his current tour in his wake and a recent announcement of more to come, it's clear Blake's niche is buying into it. If you're a believer, check out this stunning full concert NPR recently shot at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. If you're not, well...follow Matt Howard on Twitter.





James Blake - Fall 2013 North American Tour Dates:
Oct. 22 Los Angeles, Calif., The Wiltern
Oct. 23 Los Angeles, Calif., Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Oct. 24 San Diego, Calif., House Of Blues
Oct. 25 Phoenix, Ariz., The Crescent Ballroom
Oct. 27 Dallas, Texas, House Of Blues
Oct. 28 Austin, Texas, Emos
Oct. 29 Houston, Texas, House Of Blues
Oct. 30 New Orleans, La., Republic New Orleans
Oct. 31 Nashville, Tenn., Marathon Music Works
Nov. 2 Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
Nov. 3 Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
Nov. 4 Philadelphia, Pa., Union Transfer
Nov. 5 Boston, Mass., House Of Blues Boston
Nov. 6 New York, N.Y., Terminal 5
Nov. 7 New York, N.Y., Terminal 5
Nov. 9 Montreal, Quebec, Metropolis
Nov. 11 Ann Arbor, Mich., Michigan Theater
Nov. 13 Chicago, Ill., Riviera Theatre
Nov. 14 Milwaukee, Wis., Turner Hall Ballroom
Nov. 15 Minneapolis, Minn., First Avenue
Nov. 16 Iowa City, Iowa, The Englert Theatre
Nov. 19 Vancouver, British Columbia, The Vogue Theatre
Nov. 20 Seattle, Wash., Showbox SoDo
Nov. 21 Portland, Ore., Roseland Theater
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