Monday, May 24, 2010

Music Monday: The Black Keys

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Formed in 2001 in Akron, Ohio, The Black Keys are the blues-rock musical duo of guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach and producer/drummer Patrick Carney. Their songs are often rough and swinging, though the degree of noise and action changes depending on the tune. From a barroom brawl taken outside to the the foggy-headed lament of a hangover, there is some intangible quality to their music that seems to reek of booze.

And that isn't necessarily a bad thing:

With nine albums under their belts, the Black Keys have had some sonic ups and downs, with good reviews and bad. Their newest album, Brothers, is definitely one of the good ones. The fuzzy pounding baseline contrasts really nicely with the sweet, swinging blues of Auerbach's falsetto on the first track of the album, "Everlasting Light":

Another awesome song from the new album is "Tighten Up", which is super catchy and includes whistling! It also has a great video. Be warned, there is some brawling and a bit of (presumably fake) blood towards the end, so if you are very sensitive to violence you may not want to watch it.

If you decided to forgo the video, you can still listen to the song (and you should, because it rocks!) below:

If you want more of The Black Keys, check out their website here for photos, tour dates, and more good stuff!

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