The Black Keys

The Black Keys



The Black Keys are an American rock band formed in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums). The duo began as an independent act, recording music in basements and self-producing their records, before they eventually emerged as one of the most popular garage rock artists during a second wave of the genre's revival in the 2010s. The band's raw blues rock sound draws heavily from Auerbach's blues influences, including Junior Kimbrough, Howlin' Wolf, and Robert Johnson.

Friends since childhood, Auerbach and Carney founded the group after dropping out of college. After signing with indie label Alive, they released their debut album, The Big Come Up (2002), which earned them a new deal with Fat Possum Records. Over the next decade, the Black Keys built an underground fanbase through extensive touring of small clubs, frequent album releases and music festival appearances, and substantial licensing of their songs. Their third album, Rubber Factory (2004), received critical acclaim and boosted the band's profile, eventually leading to a record deal with major label Nonesuch Records in 2006. After self-producing and recording their first four records in makeshift studios, the duo completed Attack & Release (2008) in a professional studio and hired producer Danger Mouse, a frequent collaborator with the band.

The group's commercial breakthrough came in 2010 with Brothers, which along with its popular single "Tighten Up", won three Grammy Awards. Their 2011 follow-up El Camino received strong reviews and peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, leading to the first arena concert tour of the band's career, the El Camino Tour. The album and its hit single "Lonely Boy" won three Grammy Awards. In 2014, they released their eighth album, Turn Blue, their first number-one record in the US, Canada, and Australia.



El Camino
El Camino is the seventh studio album by American rock duo the Black Keys.
Brothers is the sixth studio album by American rock duo The Black Keys.
Turn Blue
Turn Blue is the eighth studio album by American rock duo the Black Keys.
Lonely Boy
"Lonely Boy" is a song by American rock band The Black Keys.

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Listen To The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney And Michelle Branch Team Up On BoJack Horseman Soundtrack
  –  August 28, 2017
For the version of “A Horse With No Name” on BoJack Horseman (Music From the Netflix Original Series), Patrick Carney, drummer for The Black Keys, teams with singer-songwriter Michelle Branch. Carney is no stranger to the show, as he previously ...
The Ongoing History of New Music, Encore Presentation: The Black Keys
  –  August 25, 2017
It is hard to have a hit record these days. Hell, with all the music out there, it’s nearly impossible to attract any kind of meaningful attention. All the noise and distractions and competition… If you’re a new band with a debut record, you have ...
New ‘BoJack Horseman’ Soundtrack Drops Sept. 8
  –  August 29, 2017
The hot selection will include a new version of America’s 1971 hit “A Horse with No Name” covered by The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and singer-songwriter Michelle Branch, according to Rolling Stone Magazine. BoJack Horseman (Music From the ...
Dan Auerbach Debuts Music Video for "Stand By My Girl" from New Album, "Waiting on a Song"
  –  August 29, 2017
Easy Eye Sound is built equally around Auerbach's Easy Eye Studio in Nashville, where The Black Keys recorded their last two albums, as well as the collection of famous session musicians that have come to call the studio home. Auerbach says, "Sometimes I ...
Dan Auerbach – “Stand By My Girl” Video
  –  August 29, 2017
The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach has already given us three colorful music videos from his recent solo album Waiting On A Song — “Shine On Me,” “King Of A One Horse Town,” and the title track — and now he’s added another for “Stand By My Girl.”
Buchanan business rocking out with vintage guitar straps
  –  August 29, 2017
The Man, The Black Keys, MGMT, The Lumineers and several others. Many country and folk guitarists are using the straps too. Over the years, Tabor has done custom lines of straps for Wilco and Dave Matthews Band. Tweedy helped launch Souldier into this ...
Hear Patrick Carney & Michelle Branch’s “Horse With No Name” Cover For BoJack Horseman Soundtrack
  –  August 29, 2017
and it’s getting an official soundtrack to coincide with its return. It features the show’s opening credit theme (which was written by the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney), Grouplove’s closing credits song, selections from the Jesse Novak-composed score ...
The Most Demanding Musicians of All Time
  –  August 29, 2017
The website, Mic keeps a running list of the many things he doesn’t like — including The Black Keys, concert audiences, cell phones, monogamy, and Adele. Frank Zappa’s public image was one of an uncompromising oddball and irreverent cultural satirist ...
Music Column: A stellar back-to-school playlist
  –  August 29, 2017
“Star Roving” - Slowdive: This shoegaze track can slow down time; it’s that good. “Have Love Will Travel” - The Black Keys: Arguably, “Thickfreakness” is the best Black Keys album and arguably, this is the best track on the album ...
Patrick Carney & Michelle Branch cover "A Horse with No Name" for "BoJack Horseman" soundtrack
  –  August 28, 2017
The Black Keys drummer and his fiance recorded the track for the upcoming soundtrack to the Netflix animated series BoJack Horseman. You can listen to the cover now via Pitchfork. The BoJack soundtrack also includes the show's theme song, which Carney ...
Two KU bands to play in KC this Saturday
  –  August 28, 2017
“The way we have officially described it is a combo between drawing equally from new blues, like The Black Keys,” Spanier said. “We also take a lot from classic rock and alternative punk so kind of that post-garage, blues revival thing.” Spanier ...
Cleveland indie act The Commonwealth release new video ahead of Rock Hall show
  –  August 28, 2017
The band released "Victory" in late April with a show at Mahall's. The majority was recorded with Paul Hamann of SUMA Recording Studio, who engineered The Black Keys' "Attack & Release." Building on their influences of orchestral indie acts like The ...
The Brand History: Supro
  –  August 28, 2017
These unique instruments have been sought after by collectors for their distinctive art deco looks and favored by guitarists like Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys for their fuzz-loving Vistatone single-coil pickups. In the early 1960’s, as the solid-body ...
Michelle Branch and Patrick Carney cover America’s “A Horse With No Name” for Bojack Horseman soundtrack: Stream
  –  August 28, 2017
Michelle Branch and The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney are a perfect match in more ways than one. In addition to being engaged, the pair have also proven themselves inspired artistic collaborators. Carney produced, co-wrote, and played drums on her comeback ...
Dan Auerbach Leads Nashville’s New Wrecking Crew
  –  August 28, 2017
They kindled their friendship after The Black Keys participated in a Ricky Nelson tribute album at Fergie’s studio several years ago. “He’s just always been around, basically,” Auerbach says. “He’s one of those guys. He’s got that ridiculous ...
Dr. Rock: Look for Erie's Wildeyes at the Rook Friday
  –  August 24, 2017
“I can definitely hear some of that (Raconteurs in ‘Tell Me.’). The Black Keys are an influence, and we do love blues and classic rock. But we also love new music as well,” he said, citing Royal Blood and Rival Sons as two of his favorite
Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2017 - live blog
  –  August 24, 2017
4:52 PM - Over 100 Samsung employees gathered around the stage with their Note 8s to get an appreciative clap and rocked out to 'The Black Keys - Howlin' For You' as they walked off. 4:50 PM - Denison once again thanks the current supporters of the Note ...
Trio of bluesmen get their due in music documentary 'Sidemen: Long Road to Glory'
  –  August 24, 2017
Thanks to such British disciples of American blues as the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton, who would subsequently pass the torch to Jimi Hendrix and the Allman Brothers, and, later, the White Stripes and the Black Keys, the trio of surviving Waters and ...
The Chart Show: Arcade Fire are at the top, and second on All-Time chart!
  –  August 23, 2017
That puts them at #2 on the All-Time HOF Chart just behind The Black Keys with 10 inductions. Dawes, Bon Iver, Jack White and Father John Misty all have eight so far. The Breeders will support Arcade Fire at The Xcel Energy Center on Oct 29th. Gorillaz are ...
Jake Bugg: I'm much happier with my latest album than the last one
  –  August 23, 2017
Hearts That Strain saw Jake recording in Nashville with Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys, a relationship that started after he toured with the band a few years ago. "We just jammed, wrote a couple of songs and it was just good to go out there and play with ...
How Dan Auerbach helped bring graphic novel Murder Ballads to life
  –  August 23, 2017
You might know Dan Auerbach from rock duo the Black Keys. Now, Dan is lending his voice to a different genre, the graphic novel. Auerbach has provided the soundtrack to Gabe Soria's book Murder Ballads that looks at the underbelly of the American music ...
Dubset makes Sony the first major label legalized for remixing
  –  August 22, 2017
In 2004, Danger Mouse (half of Gnarls Barkley and producer for Gorillaz, The Black Keys, and Red Hot Chili Peppers) released a popular Beatles/Jay Z mashup remix project called The Grey Album. It was blocked from further distribution by label EMI who later ...
Killer reads: New Orleans comics writer Gabe Soria gets the blues with Murder Ballads
  –  August 22, 2017
An accompanying soundtrack from The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and soul singer Robert Finley brings to life the songs on the pages. Auerbach joins Soria for a book signing at Euclid Records Aug. 22. "I was trying to figure out how to make it special ...
Action Bronson to host Snapchat dating show
  –  August 21, 2017
Listen to the track below. Last year saw Action team up with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and Mark Ronson for ‘Standing In The Rain’ off the Suicide Squad soundtrack. The song samples Oran “Juice” Jones’ 1986 hit ‘The Rain’.
Mad for swag: Quirky school supplies for the hard-to-please student
  –  August 20, 2017
"I don't know if this is weird but we do have calculators that are shaped like a piano keyboard," she said, trying out a calculator that has numerals on the white keys and plus and minus signs on the black keys. "I bet an aspiring musician would get a kick ...
B.C. music festivals may be allowed to keep booze profits
  –  August 19, 2017
Last year, the festival drew a record 180,000 fans over four days to Pemberton. Pearl Jam, Snoop Dogg, the Black Keys, Nine Inch Nails, Frank Ocean and Soundgarden have played the festival. A four-day pass cost $369. The Squamish Festival, founded in 2010 ...
Bands on the rise — Red Sun Rising, Radkey — coming to the Cavalier
  –  August 17, 2017
A number of successful music acts have launched from Akron, Ohio, including Devo, David Allan Coe and the Black Keys, but none of them have done what Red Sun Rising did. The hard-rockin’ quintet placed consecutive singles off its 2015 major-label debut ...
New Orleans writer Gabe Soria's new graphic novel is based in the blues, with music by Dan Auerbach
  –  August 16, 2017
The book’s accompanying soundtrack, credited to the fictional Fontweathers, was produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, a longtime friend of Soria’s, and features vocals by bluesman Robert Finley. Soria and Auerbach will sign copies of “Murder ...
The Summit 91.3 FM to air documentary on Black Keys rise to fame
  –  August 16, 2017
AKRON, Ohio - The Summit 91.3 FM Akron/Canton will air an hour-long radio documentary on Sunday, Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to noon about the Black Keys rise from Akron garage-rock band to international stardom. The Summit is the first U.S. affiliate of the ...


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