When the Black Keys released their debut album, ‘The Big Come Up,’ on May 14, 2002, it didn’t sound like one of rock’s next big things. It really didn’t sound much like the future of anything, with its bluesy garage stomp so heavily rooted in the past. It’s raw, it’s primitive, it’s low-fi and it’s part of the early-‘00s indie-rock landscape that was grasping for some relevance in a post-millennium age run by machines.
The Black Keys
You’ve seen them at parties, lurking in the corner, waiting to engage in battle disguised as conversation. They’re indie rock know-it-alls, and no matter what band or musician you mention, they’ve got an opinion — strong and almost certainly negative — ready to ram down your throat
The Black Keys’ 2002 debut, ‘The Big Come Up,’ hit like a smack on the side of the head. Two white kids from Akron with a guitar and basic drum kit channeled old-school bluesmen just as you’d imagine two white kids from Akron with a guitar and basic drum kit would: loudly, sloppily and with enough DIY spirit to overcome the occasional flaws. The next year’s follow-up, ‘Thickfreakness,’ was more of the same. Just louder and sloppier.
What could be cooler than the Black Keys and the Stooges, side by side? That's the concept behind this split 7-inch single from Rhino's Side by Side series, which features contemporary acts (in this case the Black Keys) covering classic tracks by iconic artists (here, the iconic Stooges' 'No Fun'), which appear on the flip side.
The Beale Street Music Festival is back for its 2013 installment, and this year's highly anticipated event is set to take place from May 3-5 at Tom Lee Park in Memphis, Tenn., as part of the Memphis in May International Festival. The lineup has just been announced, and it features the Black Keys, the Flaming Lips, the Roots and many more.