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 Albums Ranked in Order of Awesomeness
We rank each of the Black Keys' albums – a difficult task when you consider the Akron duo create more evocative noise than outfits twice their size.
The Arcs (Feat. the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach) to Release 7-Inch
Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys has a new band and they're releasing their first single in honor of the upcoming Mayweather-Pacquiao bout.
2015 Outside Lands Lineup Features Mumford & Sons + More
San Francisco’s Outside Lands music festival has announced its 2015 lineup. Elton John, Mumford & Sons, the Black Keys and Kendrick Lamar top this year’s bill.
The Black Keys Donate ‘Howlin’ for You’ for New PETA Ad
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.
Watch the Black Keys Take the Stage on 'Austin City Limits'
The Black Keys and J. Roddy Walston & the Business took the stage on last night’s episode of ‘Austin City Limits.'
Watch the Black Keys Perform ‘Gotta Get Away’ on ‘ACL’
‘Austin City Limits’ continues to turn out an excellent 40th season, with its next episode featuring Akron, Ohio rockers the Black Keys.