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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.

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

Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images
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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Watch the Black Keys + J. Roddy Walston Take the Stage on ‘Austin City Limits’

The Black Keys
PBS / 'Austin City Limits'

The Black Keys and J. Roddy Walston & the Business took the stage on last night’s episode of ‘Austin City Limits.'

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Watch the Black Keys Perform ‘Gotta Get Away’ on ‘Austin City Limits’

PBS
PBS

‘Austin City Limits’ continues to turn out an excellent 40th season, with its next episode featuring Akron, Ohio rockers the Black Keys.

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The Black Keys Cancel Upcoming European Shows Due to Patrick Carney’s Injury

Patrick Carney
Janette Pellegrini, Getty Images

After drummer Patrick Carney recently dislocated shoulder, the Black Keys have announced that they are canceling what is essentially their entire European tour.

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The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney Dislocates Shoulder

Patrick Carney
Janette Pellegrini, Getty Images

Some unfortunate news to report out of the Black Keys camp as drummer Patrick Carney dislocated his shoulder this weekend.

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The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach Auctions Off Childhood Guitar for Akron Charity

Dan Auerbach Black Keys
Janette Pellegrini, Getty Images

With the success the Black Keys have been gaining throughout the years, the Akron, Ohio rockers have decided to give back to the place where they first met.

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The Top 10 Albums of 2014

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Paul Zimmerman / Kevin Winter / Paul Thomas, Getty Images

Diffuser names the 10 best albums of 2014, including LPs from Jack White, Beck and Ryan Adams. (And seven more who are more than just one guy.)

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In 2014, Americans Bought Nearly Eight Million Vinyl Records

Jack White
YouTube

As the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday (Dec. 10), 2014 marked a massive year for vinyl records.

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The Black Keys Set to Headline Mountain Jam 2015

The Black Keys
Chuck Armstrong, Diffuser

Diffuser is thrilled to help announce the 2015 edition of Mountain Jam, slated for June 4-7, 2015 at Hunter Mountain, N.Y.

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