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 Dan Auerbach Gives Account of Paris Attacks
“I’ve woken up feeling very out of sorts,” Auerbach said. “Why the hell did it happen there and not where we were playing?”
Throwback Thursday: The Black Keys + Dan Auerbach's Goatee
Watch the Black Keys kill it on Australian TV while in support of 2003's 'Thickfreakness.'
Watch the Black Keys Perform ‘Fever’ at Mountain Jam
One of our favorite moments from this year's Mountain Jam was the Black Keys' performance of "Fever" from last year's 'Turn Blue.'
The Black Keys Bring Their Original Rock to Mountain Jam
The Black Keys' headlining gig at Mountain Jam 2015 featured a simple stage setup and a solid sound driven by Auerbach and Carney.
Five Rockers We Can’t Wait to See at Governors Ball 2015
We’ve selected five of the rock acts we’re most excited to see at Governors Bal 2015l.
How the Black Keys Used Commercials to Become Stars With 'Brothers'
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.