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The Black Keys @ Catalpa Music Festival (July 28, 2012)

By Will Oliver, July 30th 2012 — with 1 comment

Let us get something straight. I am a big fan of The Black Keys. I don’t care if they have fancy guys in suits using tablets now to help set up their shows. I don’t care if they are in commercials, or if you think they are too big to show off to your friends now. Fuck all of that. I’m tired of people hating on them.

Aside from the fact that they have a few new members on stage to help re-produce the newer material, Dan & Pat are still doing the same thing that they have always done. The band still rocks out with the same amount of passion and energy as they always have. From at least watching them on stage, these guys haven’t let any of the fame get to their head. They have been relentlessly touring for years, and it has paid off.

With rainy weather all day, the crowd wasn’t as packed as it should have been, which caused Dan to take matters into his own hands, begging the crowd to get fired up. Even if they didn’t reach the levels that he hoped, he still took each song to the necessary heights, making me proud to call myself a fan of The Black Keys.

Hit the jump for a full gallery of photos from the set.
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Did Pizza Hut Rip Off The Black Keys?

By Will Oliver, April 29th 2012 — with 1 comment

I was just watching TV, and I thought I heard The Black Keys song “Gold On The Ceiling. A similar sounding song was being used during a Pizza Hut commercial. However, it wasn’t the song, but rather what appears to be a version that Pizza Hut made. It’s way too close for comfort if you ask me.

Listen to quite a good Dan Auerbach impression at the end. Yikes.

The Black Keys should probably contact Pizza Hut soon…

This show was my 4th time seeing The Black Keys live, and easily the best show yet. The first time was an shyer version of the band at MSG opening for Pearl Jam. The second was a show at Terminal 5 that was solid, but left me wanting more. Then there was Bonnaroo, which was good, but you lose a lot at festivals. I was in the pit at MSG, and was as close as you could get to the stage. The Black Keys didn’t disappoint. How could they?

The band sounded crisp and electric, bringing a tremendous amount of power for what is honestly only a duo. Dan Auerbach’s vocals sounded crystal clear, and Pat Carney was going as humanly hard as possible on his poor drum set. The band knocked out a steady slew of songs from their most recent albums, backed up by two additional band mates. “Gold On The Ceiling” was a knock out live, bringing the best of the bands two different eras to full formation.

The real fun was in the middle of their set when it was just the duo of Dan and Pat, and they played all of their older cuts. How can you deny the hard-hitting soulful “Thickfreakness”, the pounding of “Your Touch” and the ever so bluesy twang of “I’ll Be Your Man”. The band went back and forth between eras after this, and they had me moving and grooving throughout.

“Tighten Up” and “Lonely Boy” were as electric as they should have been, and were a perfect lead in into the encore, which saw the release of a giant disco ball that made the encore even more theatrical. “Everlasting Light”, “She’s Long Gone” and “I Got Mine” were the final three cuts, and they proved to be as hearty and strong of a finish as you could have asked for.

I love myself an intimate show just like the next guy, but when you get two bands that are bound of big things, sometimes the worlds greatest are Read the rest of this entry »

[watch]: The Black Keys On Colbert

By Will Oliver, December 7th 2011

The Black Keys
stopped by Stephen Colbert’s show and performed “Lonely Boy” & “Gold On The Ceiling”. The real gold can be found in the interview they do with Colbert. It’s a funny conversation, worth a watch purely for their reaction to Colbert’s question about groupies. Awkward in the best way possible.

Watch all three clips after the jump. The sound people at SNL really need to take note of this performance.
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[watch]: The Black Keys Play SNL

By Will Oliver, December 5th 2011 — with 1 comment

The Black Keys appeared on SNL Saturday night alongside the always wonderful Steve Buscemi. They performed “Lonely Boy” & Gold On The Ceiling”. These guys always give 110%. You can’t deny that.

Watch both performances after the jump.

Lonely Boy:

Gold On The Ceiling:

The Black Keys Announce Tour With Arctic Monkeys

By Will Oliver, December 2nd 2011

The Black Keys have announced a spring 2012 arena tour which will see our favorite monkeys, Arctic Monkeys, open up for them. The tour will start on March 2nd, and will carry on until 3/23. The show includes a date at the always legendary Madison Square Garden on Sunday, March 12th. You know where I’ll be.

If you’re signed up for the bands mailing list, you’ll get access to an exclusive pre-sale that goes live on 12/6 at 10am. Head here to sign up.

Check out the full tour dates after the jump.
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[new]: The Black Keys – Run Right Back

By Will Oliver, November 10th 2011 — with 2 comments

A radio rip (from Zane Lowe’s radio show) has emerged of a new song from The Black Keys called “Run Right Back”. It’s the b-side to their “Lonely Boy” single, but also a track on their upcoming new album, El Camino.

With a funky guitar riff and bass happy groove, this is more southern rock growl to soothe the soul. Don’t make your best albums of 2011 lists yet. You’re gonna have to make room for El Camino.

El Camino drops on December 6. Pre-Order it here. Take a listen to “Run Right Back” below.
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[new]: The Black Keys – Lonely Boy

By Will Oliver, October 26th 2011 — with 1 comment

The Black Keys
new single “Lonely Boy” is finally here. It’s off their new album El Camino that will be released on December 6, which really can’t come soon enough.

The band released it digitally today, along with an amazing viral video which makes the whole experience just that more awesome. “Lonely Boy” features a dirty south guitar riff and a fast paced groove that only Dan and Pat could do. They are unstoppable.

Watch and listen to “Lonely Boy” below:

The band is releasing an exclusive 7″ vinyl of the single on November 25 as a part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday releases.

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