The Black Keys

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The Black Keys have been making garage rock hits since their 2001 beginnings in Akron, Ohio. With Dan Auerbach on guitar and vocals and Patrick Carney on drums, the two member band manages to make catchy rock songs with a wall of sound. Throughout their career... ... read more

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The Black Keys - Lonely Boy (First Listen)
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The Black Keys - Lonely Boy (First Listen) 9,110,668 views
The Black Keys - Gold On The Ceiling [Official Video] 1,492,823 views
The Black Keys - Little Black Submarines 780,028 views
The Black Keys - Tighten Up [Official Music Video] 18,914,565 views
The Black Keys - Howlin' For You [Official Music Video] 5,266,620 views
The Black Keys - Next Girl 2,201,844 views
The Black Keys "Your Touch" 3,730,809 views
The Black Keys "Just Got To Be" 2,127,015 views
The Black Keys - Too Afraid To Love You (Live in Studio) 2,037,431 views
The Black Keys- thickfreakness (Live TV) 421,844 views
The Black Keys - Have Love Will Travel (Live) 349,628 views

The Black Keys Bio

The Black Keys

The Black Keys have been making garage rock hits since their 2001 beginnings in Akron, Ohio. With Dan Auerbach on guitar and vocals and Patrick Carney on drums, the two member band manages to make catchy rock songs with a wall of sound. Throughout their career, The Black Keys have earned three Grammy Awards and have sold over 2 million records in the US.

After dropping out of college, The Black Keys released the basement record The Big Come Up in 2002. The debut generated buzz online and helped earn the band garage rock fans all around the world. With Rubber Factory in 2004, The Black Keys secured their standing in rock history. The band gained major label attention with the record and signed to Nonesuch Records in 2006.

In 2010, The Black Keys released the critically acclaimed album Brothers and won the MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist. Coproduced by Danger Mouse, Brothers won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2011 and was certified platinum in the US and double platinum in Canada. The 2011 album, El Camino, met the high expectations of critics and fans and peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200.

The Black Keys pack out massive arenas with diehard fans ready to sing along to chart-topping hits like “Tighten Up”. Tickets to see The Black Keys live in concert almost always sell out (their show at Madison Square Garden sold out in just 15 minutes), so be sure to reserve yours as early as you can.

The Black Keys User Comments

Chris D. Jun 27, 2013
You wouldn't think of The Black Keys, you probably want to see them in a small venue. That's the cool thing to say anyway. Accept I saw them at the Air Canada Centre and they absolutely tore the roof off. By now, you know this band. It's just two guys whose music is best described as new-age blues-rock, you can't turn on a beer commercial without hearing one of their songs and they're saving rock n' roll as we know it. So why shouldn't they be able to sound good in a large venue? This band had an entire, Canada-sized hockey arena singing "Lonely Boy" together and at the end, a giant disco-ball came down from the roof. It doesn't matter where you see The Black Keys. You're in for one hell of a sexy party.
Jasmine R. Apr 10, 2013
One of the best contemporary rock bands I've heard so far. I usually prefer the oldies, but The Black Keys have a song for all of my moods! From 'Brooklyn Bound' to 'Tighten Up,' Dan and Patrick never fail to create a song that comes to my liking..or loving. If only they would come to Europe for a tour, I would drop everything that I have in my hands and go to one of their concerts.
Skylar H. Feb 26, 2013
Positives and negatives come to mind when thinking of this band. I'll be the one to say that I'm growing tired of hearing the Black Keys' songs every time I turn on the radio. Yes, their music is/was a nice refresher to everything else by bringing the garage/blues influence to mainstream rock radio. And I give big respect to the band after hearing their story and how hard they've tirelessly worked as independent artists since the beginning in order to get where they are, so I don't doubt they've earned all the success and attention they're getting as one of the biggest bands in the world right now. However, to me their novelty has worn off, and they're quickly becoming a band about whom I think "okay, can we hear another song already..?" when "Howlin' For You" or "Gold On The Ceiling" comes on yet again. I guess this is a problem to largely blame on the formatting of FM radio though -- I'm tired of the songs not because they're inferior musically (because all their songs are catchy and well written), just because the American rock industry is kneeling at the band's feet and will play every one of their singles to death to capitalize on the hype. But again, they put in the effort to get to their current position, so all the more power to them. I'm really not trying to sound like a stuck-up hipster who shuns something the minute the mainstream likes it, I'm just saying this from the perspective of a person who likes variety, and recognizes that the Black Keys' music is quickly becoming associated with a lack of variety on rock radio. I like their music, but I wouldn't call their singles the kind of songs you can hear hundreds of times and still enjoy them equally. Just my 2 cents...
Sandy S. Oct 7, 2012
I was the beneficiary of a stroke of good luck when my boss decided to take me out to watch the Black Keys when they were performing at the Staples Center and boy have I become a massive fan of them! I wasn't really expecting too much but they really pulled off an amazing performance by letting pure raw music doing the talking. I was more than satisfied with the night as soon as they belted out "Little Black Submarine" which is one of my favorite songs. Some things you can be sure of from a Black Keys concerts is: 1) Brilliant vocals 2) Raw and inhibited performance However I really do think they work a little bit on communicating with the crowd and having the charisma to work the stage but I guess its a part of their aura. Overall they were great and even though the concert was done and dusted in an hour and a half, I had an awesome time.
Danny M. Oct 6, 2012
Saw the Black Keys last night at Staples Center in LA. These guys rock. They ran through all of their hits and a good chunk of their El Camino album. Highlights for me included Gold on the Ceiling, Little Black Submarines, Tighten Up, I Got Mine and especially Everlasting Light during the encore - where they dropped in a giant disco ball and added an awesome spacey lighting effect to the entire arena. While I really enjoyed the show, I think an arena the size of Staples is not the ideal spot for them - a little too big - and there were a few lulls in the show which may have been less noticeable in a smaller venue. But overall I was very happy to see these guys - they seem to be at the top of their game right now.
Deepak H. Oct 5, 2012
I have not had the opportunity to see the Black Keys but I just love their music and I cannot get enough of their new song The little black submarine! I initially heard their song Tighten up over the radio and have been actively following them since. I still cannot believe that 2 people can make such awesome music. If you are a rock fan then The Black Keys are definitely worth listening to! Some of my favorite songs are Tighten up, Howlin for you & Little black submarine. I got much more but these songs are definitely on top of my list.
Nikki L. Sep 14, 2012
When I saw the Black Keys at Outside Lands, their stage had an enormous earth-toned dream-catcher hanging behind it. That really might just say it all. It's like the hippie music of our generation. Everyone sways back and forth uncontrollably and drinks really cheap beer. It's kind of awesome. For a two-piece band, they have a great stage presence, and the catchiness of most of their songs is pretty impossible to ignore. The lead singer's voice is entrancing, and I feel like it gets everyone into the exact same mindset. Like brainwashing all of us into the cult of cool. And no, I'm not complaining.

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