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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.

Six Years Ago: The Black Keys Rediscover the Blues With Their Mainstream Breakthrough ‘Brothers’

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Two years after their trippy 2008 album with Danger Mouse, the Black Keys went back to basics and released their self-produced, blues-fueled breakthrough.

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The Black Keys ‘Regret’ Inducting Steve Miller Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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“[Miller] said, ‘The whole process was unpleasant,’” Dan Auerbach said. “And for Pat [Carney] and I, honestly, the most unpleasant part was being around him.”

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David Byrne + the Roots Pay Tribute to David Bowie at 2016 Rock Hall Induction Ceremony

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Byrne, the Roots and Kimbra performed "Fame" in honor of the late Bowie, while the Black Keys and Kendrick Lamar introduced new inductees Steve Miller and N.W.A.

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The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach Is Writing a Soundtrack for an Indie Comic Book

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It's about a record label owner who makes a long journey and encounters a pair of musicians who play "a raucous brand of doom-laden country blues."

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Members of Blur, the Black Keys + More Pay Tribute to Merch Manager Killed in Paris Attacks

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Nick Alexander worked with several bands on the road, and many of those artists have paid touching tributes to the late merch manager.

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The Black Keys + the Arcs’ Dan Auerbach Gives First-Hand Account of Paris Attacks

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“I’ve woken up feeling very out of sorts,” Auerbach said. “Why the hell did it happen there and not where we were playing?”

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The 10 Nastiest Feuds in Alternative Music

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This week's dustup between Jack White and Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney is just the latest shot fired in a long line of actual battles of the bands.

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The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney Says Jack White Tried to Fight Him at a NYC Bar

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It appears the one-time feud reignited following a run-in between White and the Keys' drummer Patrick Carney at a New York City bar.

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Throwback Thursday: The Black Keys + Dan Auerbach’s Bushy Goatee on Australian TV

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Watch the Black Keys kill it on Australian TV while in support of 2003's 'Thickfreakness.'

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Watch the Black Keys Perform ‘Fever’ at Mountain Jam

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One of our favorite moments from this year's Mountain Jam was the Black Keys' performance of "Fever" from last year's 'Turn Blue.'

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