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.
Black Keys Announce 2019 North American 'Let's Rock' Tour
Band will play 31 shows in North America this fall.
The Black Keys' Patrick Carney and Michelle Branch Expecting
The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and finance Michelle Branch have pushed back their summer wedding as they make way for their first child together.
Dan Auerbach Recruits Mark Knopfler, Duane Eddy for New Solo LP
Dan Auerbach is continuing to be productive while the Black Keys are taking a break.
Five Years Ago: Black Keys Follow Their Breakthrough With a Roar on 'El Camino'
'El Camino' wasn't so much as a sequel to the Black Keys' most acclaimed release as trip around its outer edges.
Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys Being Sued for Howlin’ Wolf Documentary
A lawsuit claims that Dan Auerbach took the film way over budget and then walked away from it.
Six Years Ago: The Black Keys Rediscover the Blues on 'Brothers'
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.
The Black Keys ‘Regret’ Inducting Steve Miller Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
“[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.”