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Video: The Black Keys Play ‘Austin City Limits’

posted by Oscar January 29, 2015

The Black Keys have released some footage from their time on Austin City Limits. The first clip seen above shows them perform the heavy Blues number “Weight Of Love” off their latest album, Turn Blue.
This is stuff that shows off their roots excellently, while still proving to be contemporary.

Also from the episode airing this coming Saturday, the band and the legendary series released the videos showing the band performing other TB stand-outs like “Fever” and past hit “Little Black Submarines,” both of those awesome performances are shown below.

From those not appearing on the episode, web exclusives premiering on Rolling Stone include “Howling For You” and “Too Afraid To Love” can also be found after the jump. Continue Reading

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Recap: The Black Keys Live In Chicago (2014)

posted by Oscar September 28, 2014

Last night, September 27, was the first of a two-night stint in Chicago for Blues revivalists, The Black Keys. The band was touring in support of their latest album, Turn Blue.

The Keys” saved little room in their set for banter with lead singer Dan Auerbach typically using the time between songs to say “alright, Chicago let’s keep it moving!” No filler necessary…

While this was the Turn Blue Tour, the setlist had a good mix of previous hits and live standards from their 10+ years-spanning discography with tracks off the new release. From Turn Blue we saw “It’s Up To You Now” as the set opener and “Fever” (above); not hearing any others until the encore, which started with “Weight Of Love” and then the song giving the tour’s namesake. The rest of the night was an onslaught of some of the best songs this band has ever produced, like El Camino standouts “Gold On The Ceiling” (below) and set closer “Little Black Submarines,” plus “Howlin’ For You” and the ever-awesome “Tighten Up” off Brothers. The band also played live covers of Edwyn Collins’ “A Girl Like You” and “Leavin’ Trunk” (below) from Taj Mahal.

The Black Keys gave us hit after hit at this show and they delivered each performance with such power and conviction that it took you away for a sec and let you to wallow from the moment the first riff was churned off Dan Auerbach’s guitar. Patrick Carney let his thunderous drumming do the talking for him, and if you stared at him doing his thing for too long you would almost drown out the rest of the music and solely focus on him. The Keys seemed like they were out to further prove that they are worthy of their reputation as one of just a few bands who sit at the top of the world as the best acts around (up there with Jack White, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes). This first night at the UC delivered plenty of head-banging moments while showing us that the world needs more guitar gods and heavy riffs. See more footage below. Continue Reading

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Video: The Black Keys Perform on ‘Letterman’

posted by Oscar May 13, 2014

On the eve of the official release of their latest album, Turn Blue, The Black Keys went on The Late Show with David Letterman to play some songs and did so outside the studios of the iconic Ed Sullivan Theater. Above you can see lead single, “Fever,” which works excellently in this unique setting. Another one of the tracks that really captivated me from this new album is “It’s Up To You Now,” with a cool retro sound that builds excellently, can be seen below. Continue Reading

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Album Review: The Black Keys – ‘Turn Blue’

posted by Oscar May 12, 2014

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Rock music is not the biggest thing in the mainstream these days but it definitely isn’t due to a lack of talent, and The Black Keys are definitely at the forefront of the biggest acts of the genre that demonstrate that’s not the problem. Their latest album, Turn Blue, was produced by DJ Danger Mouse and from my assessment, it definitely lives up to the hype and it is indeed one of the best releases so far that will undoubtedly appear on our year-end list of the best albums of 2014. Continue Reading

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Video: The Black Keys Live on ‘SNL’

posted by Oscar May 11, 2014

The Black Keys played SNL last night to support next week’s release of Turn Blue and they absolutely rocked their late night set. The first track performed was lead single, “Fever” (above), which sounded damn well thanks to the added bravado that comes with live performances, while “Bullet In The Brain” (below) was another example of the band’s great ability to blend the Blues with Rock and just how well that works in a live setting.

Plus seeing the energy with which Pat Carney plays drums is always entertaining. Continue Reading

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Stream: The Black Keys – ‘Turn Blue’

posted by Oscar May 5, 2014

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One of the most hotly-anticipated albums of the year is The Black Keys’ Turn Blue, and today, about a week short of its May 13 release, the band has made the album available for streaming via iTunes. We’ve already heard great glimpses of the new project through tracks like “Fever,” “Bullet In The Brain,” and the title track, making this already a solid album.

Stream the Turn Blue here.

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Video: The Black Keys – “Fever”

posted by Oscar May 1, 2014

We’re just a couple of weeks away from the release of The Black Keys’ latest album and today we get their video for the lead single, “Fever.” Directed by Theo Wenner, the visuals show the band sweatily preaching with Bible in hand the words to “Fever” and reaction shots from the crowd. The number at the bottom and video quality looks like it’s made perfectly for public access TV, and the ending makes the video come full circle. See it above.

The Black Keys’ new album Turn Blue will be released May 13th. Pre-order the album at http://theblackkeys.com or iTunes and receive the single “Fever” and “Turn Blue” instantly http://www.smarturl.it/turnblue

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Video: The Black Keys – “Fever” [Live on ‘Later… with Jools Holland’]

posted by Oscar April 30, 2014

The Black Keys are set to release their follow-up to El Camino this coming May 13 and they helped promote it by playing the lead single, “Fever” on BBC 2’s Later… with Jools Holland. The performance stays true to the groovy studio version from Turn Blue, serving as a good indication that it will be awesome heard live.

The band also played a hit from the last album in “Gold On The Ceiling,” which was dirty and drenched in sloppiness in the best way possible. See that below. Continue Reading

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The Black Keys – “Fever”

posted by Oscar March 24, 2014

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It’s here… The newest track from The Black Keys is called “Fever” and it first hit the net via a Black Keys tumblr page.

“Fever” is groovier than we’re used to from this two-piece band, certainly more Disco than Blues. Either way, it still sounds pretty damn good. This is the first glimpse we get at Turn Blue, which will drop on May 13th.

Stream “Fever” here below. Continue Reading