Posts Tagged ‘Black Keys’

Dan Auerbach Takes a Turn

July 13, 2017 Leave a comment


If you thought Black Keys guitarist and vocalist Dan Auerbach was a one-trick pony limited to blues-inspired rock, you’re in for a surprise.

Auerbach recently dropped his second solo album, dubbed Waiting on a Song, and it not what longtime listeners expected. It’s a catchy, Nashville-inspired, country-soul throwback that showcases several dimensions of Auerbach’s musical skillset.

As Rolling Stone reports:

“[Auerbach has] taken the right tack, tapping great talent to grow his retro style without just playing dress-up, creating a Seventies country-soul-rock palette part Lee Hazelwood, part Jim Ford, plus spare parts. The title track is a zen-like meditation on craft co-written with master John Prine; “Cherry Bomb” boasts Duane Eddy’s signature twang; “Undertow” conjures the Spinners with Philly soul strings and a “Games People Play” quote, while “Stand By My Girl” mirrors the piano riff off Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You.” It’s a “Nashville Sound” the town could use more of.”


The Black Keys Relive Their Early Days

May 14, 2015 Leave a comment

Before the Black Keys were the Black Keys, they were two dudes who had never played in front of an audience, hopefully sending out demo recordings. Those early days only add to the allure of the garage rock band that has not only burst into the mainstream, but taken it over. Check it out:

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The Black Keys: From Four-Door Rental Car to Packed Arenas

October 31, 2014 Leave a comment

Earlier this week, the Black Keys released a short video in which they talk about their initial realization that touring was an essential part of being a musician, the addiction of being on the road, and how whether they’re playing an arena or tiny club, the most important thing is connecting with the audience.

Black Keys Drop the First Single From Their New Album

March 25, 2014 Leave a comment


by Cat Johnson

Ooh, ooh, ooh. A new album from the Black Keys is very good news for some of us—Has it really been two and a half years since El Camino? The title of the forthcoming album is Turn Blue and it’s due to hit the streets on May 13…so we have to wait. But, the band has released the song “Fever” to wet our whistle and whet our appetite. Check it out:

BlakRoc: Ain’t Nothing Like You featuring Mos Def and Jim Jones

December 5, 2009 Leave a comment


November 30, 2009 Leave a comment

by Cat Johnson

What’s this? Could the divide between rock and hip-hop be narrowing even more? I’ve been hearing a lot of electric guitars on hip-hop albums lately. And wasn’t Jay-Z spotted at a Grizzly Bear show this year? Hmmm?

Collaborations between hip-hop and rock artists are not new (remember the Judgement Night soundtrack? What about the Aerosmith/Run DMC walking tutorial?) and thanks to The Roots and ridiculous sample-clearance fees, live bands backing hip-hop artists are becoming more and more common, but Blakroc, the latest collaboration between The Black Keys and a team of hip-hop all-stars is the talk of the town right now.

The Black Keys are no strangers to hip-hop, having grown up with a great appreciation of all things Wu-Tang, and with the wild success of their Danger Mouse produced album Attack & Release they’ve been bridging the divide and using samples in their songs since their first album.

Blakroc features The Black Keys on sound production and a name-dropping roster of hip-hop heavies that includes Mos Def, Raekwon, RZA, Q-Tip, the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard and more.

The project contains no samples (other than ODB’s back-from the grave appearance), and prides itself on the live music and vocals that drive the album.

Got your attention? See what the press is saying:

In a branding overshoot, they even made a Blakroc Camaro. I swear.