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Tank and the Bangas and Hundred Waters are our picks for the best shows around Denver this week. Tickets are $15-$20 via ticketfly.com. Best shows: Summer Jam and Amadou & Mariam

Hundred Waters

In the deafening world of electronic music, it takes courage to be quiet. On “Pac Man,” the rapper’s first proper mixtape, he makes a case for why he shouldn’t have to be an “Uberman” or “get rich off Craigslist” anymore, as he raps on “R.O.T.” Reed’s trap rap isn’t an epiphany, or anything remotely new in some cases — on “10 Bands,” he goes in over a sped up Drake track of the same name — but it’s a hearty, trunk-rattle of a mixtape. The New Orleans band made its debut to the world earlier this year as the winners of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest, a competition to select one local bands from hundreds to play on an episode of the program’s beloved in-office concert series. “Communicating,” it’s just-released latest album, for example, spills gorgeously from whisper-quiet ballads like “Parade” to woodland fairy rave anthems like “Wave To Anchor” without missing a beat. See you there, and if you don’t make it out, follow our music musings on Twitter and our selfies on Instagram. In relation to the game, there’s enough fruit among the white dots to look forward to a “Pac Man” sequel to shuffle into your umpteenth hype-up playlist. Following Reed’s fluid flow is half the fun, as he hops from couplet to couplet like a free day at Jump City. Tank and the Bangas play Globe Hall on Sept. We have some ideas what it could be. Catch the group at Globe Hall on Sept. Tickets are $15-$18 via ticketfly.com. Tarriona “Tank” Ball and Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph — who appeared in local electronic musician GRiZ’s live show at Red Rocks earlier this month — lead the funk outfit, chopping up hair-raising voices with soul-food poetry. 27 at the Larimer Lounge. But Hundred Waters, a thoughtful trio from Gainesville, Fla., are worth cupping an ear to hear. In an age where every band beats you over the head with a synthesizer, this one uses them for a means to a subtle end, one spelled out in its latest album’s title. 25. Tank and the Bangas

“Beans, meats / greens, peas / eggs, you.” With that seemingly quotidian grocery list of lyrics, Tank and the Bangas hit like a splash of cold water. Fixed around front woman Nicole Miglis’ sonorous songs, the group balances out Skrillex’s bombastic OWLSA record label with efforts balanced delicately between a night out and a day spent inside. If you do, mind where you put your jacket. Catch Hundred Waters on Sept. It all makes for a thunderous performance, hot enough to cauterize crowds together after just one night of dancing. 25. …and a review of Denver rapper Ray Reed’s mixtape, “Pac Man”:
Ray Reed, “Pac Man”

Waka waka waka waka…to Denver’s Ray Reed, that familiar sound from the vintage Pac-Man arcade game isn’t simple nostalgia; it’s a reminder that in this world, as that anthropomorphic yellow circle knows too well, it’s eat or be eaten. Related Articles

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Globe Hall is hosting a “secret” show this weekend. “Weight,” “My Problems,” “Part 1” mark Reed’s high scores.