With a Stripped-Down Stage Setup and Steadfast Sound, the Black Keys Rock Mountain Jam
The Black Keys played a career-spanning set at Mountain Jam last night (June 6), with a simple stage setup and a solid sound driven by the interplay of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney. The band capped off a Saturday lineup of bands that push the boundaries of blues, and showed their own pared down sound is still among the most original takes on roots-based rock.
Simplicity especially suits the Keys, and the one song they did as a two-piece, "I Got Mine," off Attack & Release was also the best -- Carney and Auerbach kept the rhythm between the two of them and it was the most alive the band sounded all night.
Highlights from the 90-minute set also included a heavy, organ-laden "Strange Times" and a joyful "Tighten Up" -- setting the stage for Sunday headliners Alabama Shakes and their own adventurous blues.