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The Black Keys at Governors Ball 2015

By Will Oliver, August 11th 2015

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By now I’ve nearly lost count of how many times I’ve seen The Black Keys, although it’s certainly getting close to double digits. Throughout the years I’ve seen the Akron, Ohio duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney play shows during various points of their career: before they blew up, during their rise to fame, and now their comfortable state as one of the bigger “arena” bands in rock and roll. Although the stages have got bigger, the group’s live performances have usually been a good time.

But I was a tad underwhelmed with their performance at Governors Ball, the final headlining spot of the weekend (they played against Lana Del Rey). The band sounded fine musically, but it was pretty much the same set I’ve seen time and time again, only you could sense that they too were fatigued by the Turn Blue run. It seemed like a good portion of their set was spent asking the crowd to help get amped up, instead of them just doing it by rocking out harder. They were on autopilot.

It wasn’t a bad show by any means, but it seemed like a bit of a let down considering how big of a band they are, and that they were closing out the festival. Hopefully the next time I see them they’ll be refreshed and recharged to put on the show that we all know they’re perfectly capable of.

Find some more shots from their performance posted below.
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Watch The Black Keys Play SNL

By Will Oliver, May 15th 2014

The Black Keys SNL

Last weekend The Black Keys stopped by SNL to play some songs off their new album Turn Blue, which was released yesterday. They played first single “Fever” as well as “Bullet In The Brain.” Charlize Theron was the host.

Find both performances below.
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[music video]: The Black Keys – Fever

By Will Oliver, May 11th 2014

The Black Keys - Fever

After listening to The Black Keys new album Turn Blue, first single “Fever” has grown on me ever so slightly. Originally the song had me somewhat disappointed, but hearing it with context of the rest of the album has done the song well.

The music video for “Fever” features Dan & Pat as TV preachers, wtih Dan all sweaty and feverish as he leads the way. It was directed by Theo Wenner. Find the video posted below.
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[new]: The Black Keys – Turn Blue

By Will Oliver, April 14th 2014

The Black Keys - Turn Blue

The Black Keys new album Turn Blue comes out on May 13 via Nonesuch Records. We already heard first single “Fever”, and now they have hit back with the title track.

We just have to accept that their old blues-inspired garage rock days are all but over at this point. “Turn Blue” sounds like something that could have been released on El Camino. The vibe on this one is very chill and laid back, something that plenty of people will enjoy this summer with a little something burning. I’m liking it more than “Fever”, which is a good sign for the rest of the album.

Stream “Turn Blue” below.
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[new]: The Black Keys – Fever

By Will Oliver, March 24th 2014 — with 1 comment

The Black Keys - Fever

Over the weekend The Black Keys announced their new album in an odd way that involved Mike Tyson. Yes, that Mike Tyson.

The new album is called Turn Blue and will be released May 13 via Nonesuch Records. Turn Blue was recorded in Hollywood last summer at Sunset Sound with some additional recording done at the Key Club in Benton Harbor, MI, as well as at Auerbach’s own Easy Eye Sound in Nashville in early 2014.

Today the band released new single “Fever.” The duos departure from their blues-inspired garage rock sound continues. Although I was (for the most part) digging the new sound that found them on their last few releases, I’m not too crazy about “Fever.” While some may argue that some of their more recent releases at least had some strands of their old selves, it seems like they’ve all but shed that skin with the new song.

To be fair, who didn’t see this coming? It’s definitely not a bad song by any means, and I can’t hate on the band for changing their sound. It happens. But I’m just not into this as much as I hoped. It pains me to say but it’s just an ok song. Maybe my feelings will change over time (hopefully). Even if not, it’s only one song off the album.

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The Black Keys Announce New Album: ‘Turn Blue’

By Will Oliver, March 24th 2014

The Black Keys

The Black Keys have announced their new album in the most absurd way possible. The album is called Turn Blue and it comes out on May 13. They made the announcement through a weird video that Mike Tyson tweeted out. Yes, you read that correctly. Find the tweet and video posted below.


New single “Fever” is coming tomorrow, apparently around 3:30 p.m., so stay tuned for that.

The Black Keys @ Roseland Ballroom (January 31, 2014)

By Will Oliver, February 1st 2014 — with 1 comment


The Black Keys played their first show of 2014 with a special performance that was a part of Super Bowl week. The show was sponsored (heavily) by Citi bank. You needed a Citi card to purchase tickets to the show, which definitely put off some fans. For those lucky enough to be in attendance, they were treated to a typically strong set from the rock and roll duo from Akron, Ohio.
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The Black Keys & RZA – The Baddest Man Alive

By Will Oliver, October 11th 2012 — with 1 comment

Yesterday we heard a snippet of a new Kanye West song that will appear on the soundtrack for the RZA’s film The Man With The Iron Fists. Now check out RZA collaborating with The Black Keys on “The Baddest Man Alive”.

Certainly, this is the next best thing to their previous collaboration on the Blakroc project. Fans of that album will be in paradise when they hear “The Baddest Man Alive”. Yes, it is as awesome as you want it to be.

Not sure how the movie will pan out, but it’s soundtrack is looking to be pretty killer. Stream the song below via Fuse:

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