The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend
KING @ FOX THEATRE | SUN, 4/28/13
Perhaps taking a cue from his pal Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, who's written and produced songs for an array of top-shelf pop acts, Fray guitarist Joe King has been steadily making a name for himself as a burgeoning songwriter in his own right. Prior to working on his own solo material, King co-wrote a track for American Idol winner Kris Allen and collaborated with Timbaland and Esthero on a tune from the former's album, Shock Value II. On the heels of releasing his debut single -- "Need a Woman by Friday," featuring Trombone Shorty -- which dropped last month on iTunes, King is playing a pair of solo shows, the first on Thursday, April 25, at the Bluebird Theater, and the second on Sunday, April 28, at the Fox.
THE DISCO BISCUITS @ BOULDER THEATRE | FRI, 4/26/13
Nearing its second decade of existence, the Philadelphia-based act has finally settled into its role as one of the most sought-after jam bands still touring. When the Biscuits, who are known for improvised renditions of their own complex songs, step on stage, you never know if the journey is going to find them exploring the depths of their creativity or ambling through their seemingly endless catalogue of studio gems. (Biscuits will also be at Red Rocks tomorrow night with Shpongle and RJD2.)
JAMES BLAKE @ OGDEN THEATRE | SUN, 4/27/13
After James Blake's eponymous debut came out, "The Wilhelm Scream" made its way into the playlists of anyone who wasn't allergic to electronic music and his equal parts crooner-cum-electronic producer (or was it the other way around?) output saw the highest points of the European charts (though James Blake topped out with a 123 rank stateside). A Mercury Prize nomination, more best-of list mentions than one can count, and a handful of international tours later, Blake just released Ovegrown.