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The Black Keys

The Black Keys

In 2001, friends Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney decided to drop out of college and start a rock band. Their sound was defined by clipped-fuzz guitars underpinned by shuffling, grooved-out drums. This approach worked well enough to get the duo noticed by the general music-loving public, but the Black Keys got their first taste of the big time after teaming up with producer Danger Mouse. They then started incorporating more complex arrangements into their music, but without sacrificing that blues sound that made the band so popular initially. The 2010 album ‘Brothers’ pushed the Keys to another, higher level of success. It also primed fans for 2011’s ‘El Camino’ and the dance-inducing single ‘Lonely Boy.’ ‘El Camino’ was a departure for the band in that, aside from including lush instrumentation, it was probably the most accessible album the band had ever recorded. Today, they remain one of the diligent few keeping old-fashioned guitar rock alive and well.

Wouldn’t It Be Nice: Mountain Jam 2015 Collaboration Wish List

The Black Keys / Alabama Shakes
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We can’t help but wonder what it would be like if members of Mountain Jam's excellent roster were to team up together for epic collaborations.

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5 Years Ago: The Black Keys (Don’t) Sell Out With ‘Brothers’

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The problem with selling out is that it is often confused with success. The Black Keys compromised nothing when making these songs, they just wanted them heard.

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The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach Says the Band Is Ready to Perform Live Again

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Following drummer Patrick Carney's recent shoulder injury, the Black Keys say they are ready to perform live again.

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Worst to First: Every Black Keys Album Ranked

Worst to First: The Black Keys
Photo: Danny Clinch

We rank each of the Black Keys' albums – a difficult task when you consider the Akron duo create more evocative noise than outfits twice their size.

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The Arcs (Feat. the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach) to Release Boxing-Inspired 7-Inch

Dan Auerbach
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Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys has a new band and they're releasing their first single in honor of the upcoming Mayweather-Pacquiao bout.

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Mountain Jam Adds More Artists + Unveils Daily Lineup

Mountain Jam 2015
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We’re just a couple of months away from the 11th annual Mountain Jam, and the massive music festival is still unleashing surprises.

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2015 Outside Lands Lineup Features Mumford & Sons, Black Keys + More

Mumford & Sons / Black Keys / Laura Marling
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San Francisco’s Outside Lands music festival has announced its 2015 lineup. Elton John, Mumford & Sons, the Black Keys and Kendrick Lamar top this year’s bill.

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Patrick Carney’s Shoulder Injury Forces the Black Keys to Cancel More Shows

Patrick Carney
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The Black Keys have canceled more shows due to Patrick Carney's recent shoulder injury.

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The Black Keys Donate ‘Howlin’ for You’ for New PETA Ad

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Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images

The Black Keys have donated their song, ‘Howlin’ for You’ -- from their 2010 album, ‘Brothers’ -- to PETA for use in an ad promoting animal adoption.

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The Black Keys, ‘Fever’ — Best Music Video, 2015 Diffuser Music Awards

The Black Keys
2015 Diffuser Music Awards

With so many great music videos release in 2014, the category for Best Music Video of the year could have gone to anyone.

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