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The Black Keys

It’s too facile to call the Black Keys counterparts of the White Stripes: they share several surface similarities -- their names are color-coded, they hail from the Midwest, they’re guitar-and-drum blues-rock duos -- but the Black Keys are their own distinct thing, a tougher, rougher rock band with a purist streak that never surfaces in the Stripes. But that’s not to say that the Black Keys are blues traditionalists: even on their 2002 debut, The Big Come Up, they covered the Beatles’ psychedelic classic “She Said She Said,” indicating a fascination with sound and texture that would later take hold on such latter-day albums as 2008’s Attack & Release, where guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney teamed up with sonic architect Danger Mouse. In between those two records, the duo established the Black Keys as a rock & roll band with a brutal, primal force, and songwriters of considerable depth, as evidenced on such fine albums as 2003’s Thickfreakness and 2004’s Rubber Factory.

Natives of Akron, Ohio, the Black Keys released their debut, The Big Come Up, in 2002, receiving strong reviews and sales, and leading to a contract with Fat Possum by the end of the year. That label released Thickfreakness, recorded in a 14-hour session, in the spring of 2003, and the Keys supported the album with an opening tour for Sleater-Kinney. The Black Keys' momentum escalated considerably with their 2004 album Rubber Factory, which not only received strong reviews but some high-profile play, including a video for "10 A.M. Automatic" featuring comedian David Cross. The band's highly touted live act was documented on a 2005 DVD, released the same year as Chulahoma -- an EP of blues covers -- appeared.

The Black Keys made the leap to the major labels with 2006's Magic Potion, a moodier record that continued to build their fan base. The band capitalized on that moodiness with 2008's Attack & Release, whose production by Danger Mouse signaled that the Black Keys were hardly just blues-rock purists. Salvaged from sessions intended as a duet album with Ike Turner, who died before the record could be finished, the album was the Black Keys' biggest to date, debuting in the Billboard Top 15 and earning strong reviews. Following their second live DVD, the Black Keys spent 2009 on side projects, with Auerbach releasing his solo album Keep It Hid in the beginning of the year, and Carney forming the band Drummer, in which he played bass. At the end of 2009, Blakroc, a rap-rock collaboration between the band and producer Damon Dash, appeared.

Brothers, released in 2010, became their biggest album yet, generating the hit singles "Tighten Up," "Howlin' for You," and "Next Girl." It also saw the Keys returning to their tough blues roots with a new grandness, earning three Grammy Awards, landing on year-end lists from NPR to Rolling Stone, and going gold. The band offered a more straight-ahead rock & roll sound with 2011's El Camino. On the strength of the hit single "Lonely Boy," El Camino debuted at number two on Billboard's Top 200 and the Black Keys worked the album hard throughout the next year, releasing "Gold on the Ceiling" as the record's second single and touring heavily. In the fall of 2012, the Tour Rehearsal Tapes EP -- a brief collection of live-in-the-studio run-throughs of 2012 material -- was released.

Once again tapping Danger Mouse to produce the follow-up, the band went back into the studio in summer 2013 to record. Standing in contrast to the short, spiky rock & roll of El Camino, Turn Blue had a psychedelic undercurrent that could be heard on its preceding singles "Fever" and "Turn Blue." The album appeared early in May 2014. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Say a color

Post on 5 songs

Look under your pillow
Say iPhone 5 times

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Look under your pillow
I like the old stuff a ton. It's lovely that it's playing. But I do love the new stuff as well. All in all the Black Keys are fab as hell.
Dad stole the station ha good ole rock style
Good oldsound!!!! ! ! New stuff ?able just dont feel the ragged bada**ness i use to;-(
Good rock group.they put out a great vibe I be like yea
Don't read this because it actually works.you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However, if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put thus on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it works
LOVE me some Black Keys...
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and you lovers name will appear on the screen in big letter this is so scary because it actually works.
They should have just stayed duo style. So much better than the elaborate recordings and show I think.
Danger Mouse has done a spectacular job of homogenizing the Black Keys. They sell more albums now, but their days as blues rock idols are gone. Went to their concert the other day and could only feel massively depressed; they played a bunch of poppy, pseudo-psych e d e l i c stuff and almost nothing from Brothers or earlier. It's a tragedy for guys who can rock so hard to be playing boring stuff like Turn Blue.
ebonez269
Rubberband factory is their best album
hellokittyki t e
I wanna cry I missed here in SD )))):
Saw them in San Diego two nights ago. They were AMAZING. They are even better in person. 11/10 times, I'd rcommend their concert.
Gonnas see them tonight in Phoenix!!! Can' wait, but I hope they play a lot of their old stuff too, it is so good.
I love the black keys
Just got tickets for me and my kids! So Black Keys will be their first real concert. So cool.
@z3lk00 ily u know the immortalhd thing
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days now you've started reading so don't it's so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days now you've started reading so don't it's so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.
@smireya7999 9 9 3spooky5me
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days now you've started reading so don't it's so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.
tatumsintent i o n s 0
She's been doing the same
tatumsintent i o n s 0
Go get her back... and no more crying alone
i love this band so much
going 2 have 2 second that miss angelica, and say these guys are islands in the morass of :music crap that's on most fm dials today...and when future generations look back, mr.auerbach and mr.carney and their contribution s (gifts!) WILL stand the test of time!!
I have to agree
This band is one of the best of our generation!
Idc about what people say I ❤ the blck keys nd I hope I get to see them!.
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Pandora needs to add the band TreeWalker https://soun d c l o u d . c o m / t r e e w a l k e r b a n d
lrbmortgage
Ok heard better but there not bad
ygrt93
The Black Keys are way too overplayed on Pandora, electronica stations should not play The Black Keys.
Great Band no complaints here.
Hooooooowwww l . Woof woooof grrrrrrr
Love this song
Psychotic Girl is my most liked keys song followed by Go Getter.
I'm so over this group. Next, please.
Hell I like it.no don't really give a FCK if you do or NOT.. Hell kiss ya hand help me me kiss my a**..hmmm.. i don't want to hear that s**t like u don't wanna hear me...ya get me?
El Camino is a great album because it sounds like it arrived in a beat up minivan. Raw, authentic and familiar. Bumped into these knuckleheads on a road trip when they were new. Tiny dung heap club. It was great! Fun to hang out with and felt like home. Still like their sound even with all the polish... I hear the grit ;-D
nicko252008
Sounds like they are trying to sound like Junior Kimbrough, and not even a good impersonatio n of him at that.....
Kiss your hand say your crushes name say your name pick a day and your crush will kiss you that day
donotuse0
The first time i ever heard the black keys i was in the third grade! Im now a senior and i still love them!! I am so glad they found success they are truely a
AMAZING!!!:) )
I dislike their new album it doesn't have the hard Rock it used too
I love their sound
Good song.who stole my damn
Van. N put it on the damn album cover?
Yum
Kiss your hand Say your crushes name Say your name Pick a day Post this five different songs And your crush will kiss you that day
Tighten up is so good I had to be still for a moment. It was too much. The Black Keys tug on a string and make it ring through me. That's why I love their music
ashleysccrhr s s
Kiss ur hand
Say ur crush
Close ur hand
Say a week day
Say ur name
Post this 15 times
Ur crush will ask you out on that day
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