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The Black Keys

It's too facile to call the Black Keys counterparts of the White Stripes: they share several surface similarities -- their names are color-coded, they hail from the Midwest, they're guitar-and-drum blues-rock duos -- but the Black Keys are their own distinct thing, a tougher, rougher rock band with a purist streak that never surfaced in the Stripes. But that's not to say that the Black Keys are blues traditionalists: even on their 2002 debut, The Big Come Up, they covered the Beatles' psychedelic classic "She Said She Said," indicating a fascination with sound and texture that would later take hold on such latter-day albums as 2008's Attack & Release, where guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney teamed up with sonic architect Danger Mouse. In between those two records, the duo established the Black Keys as a rock & roll band with a brutal, primal force, and songwriters of considerable depth, as evidenced on such fine albums as 2003's Thickfreakness and 2004's Rubber Factory.

Natives of Akron, Ohio, the Black Keys released their debut, The Big Come Up, in 2002, receiving strong reviews and sales, and leading to a contract with Fat Possum by the end of the year. That label released Thickfreakness, recorded in a 14-hour session, in the spring of 2003, and the Keys supported the album with an opening tour for Sleater-Kinney. The Black Keys' momentum escalated considerably with their 2004 album Rubber Factory, which not only received strong reviews but some high-profile play, including a video for "10 A.M. Automatic" featuring comedian David Cross. The band's highly touted live act was documented on a 2005 DVD, released the same year as Chulahoma -- an EP of blues covers -- appeared.

The Black Keys made the leap to the major labels with 2006's Magic Potion, a moodier record that continued to build their fan base. The band capitalized on that moodiness with 2008's Attack & Release, whose production by Danger Mouse signaled that the Black Keys were hardly just blues-rock purists. Salvaged from sessions intended as a duet album with Ike Turner, who died before the record could be finished, the album was the Black Keys' biggest to date, debuting in the Billboard Top 15 and earning strong reviews. Following their second live DVD, the Black Keys spent 2009 on side projects, with Auerbach releasing his solo album Keep It Hid in the beginning of the year, and Carney forming the band Drummer, in which he played bass. At the end of 2009, Blakroc, a rap-rock collaboration between the band and producer Damon Dash, appeared.

Brothers, released in 2010, became their biggest album yet, generating the hit singles "Tighten Up," "Howlin' for You," and "Next Girl." It also saw the Keys returning to their tough blues roots with a new grandness, earning three Grammy Awards, landing on year-end lists from NPR to Rolling Stone, and going gold. The band offered a more straight-ahead rock & roll sound with 2011's El Camino. On the strength of the hit single "Lonely Boy," El Camino debuted at number two on Billboard's Top 200 and the Black Keys worked the album hard throughout the next year, releasing "Gold on the Ceiling" as the record's second single and touring heavily. In the fall of 2012, the Tour Rehearsal Tapes EP -- a brief collection of live-in-the-studio run-throughs of 2012 material -- was released.

Once again tapping Danger Mouse to produce a follow-up, the band went back into the studio in summer 2013 to record. Standing in contrast to the short, spiky rock & roll of El Camino, Turn Blue had a psychedelic undercurrent that could be heard on its preceding singles "Fever" and "Turn Blue." The album appeared early in May 2014 and promptly debuted at the top of the pop charts. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Turn Blue

1. Weight Of Love

2. In Time

3. Turn Blue

4. Fever

5. Year In Review

6. Bullet In The Brain

7. It's Up To You Now

8. Waiting On Words

9. 10 Lovers

10. In Our Prime

11. Gotta Get Away

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Track List: El Camino

1. Lonely Boy

2. Dead And Gone

3. Gold On The Ceiling

4. Little Black Submarines

5. Money Maker

6. Run Right Back

7. Sister

8. Hell Of A Season

9. Stop Stop

10. Nova Baby

11. Mind Eraser

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Track List: Brothers

1. Everlasting Light

2. Next Girl

3. Tighten Up

4. Howlin' For You

5. She's Long Gone

6. Black Mud

7. The Only One

8. Too Afraid To Love

9. Ten Cent Pistol

10. Sinister Kid

11. The Go Getter

12. I'm Not The One

13. Unknown Brother

14. Never Gonna Give You Up

15. These Days

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Track List: Attack & Release

1. All You Ever Wanted

2. I Got Mine

3. Strange Times

4. Psychotic Girl

5. Lies

6. Remember When (Side A)

7. Remember When (Side B)

8. Same Old Thing

9. So He Won't Break

10. Oceans And Streams

11. Things Ain't Like They Used To Be

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Track List: Magic Potion

1. Just Got To Be

2. Your Touch

3. You're The One

4. Just A Little Heat

5. Give Your Heart Away

6. Strange Desire

7. Modern Times

8. The Flame

9. Goodbye Babylon

10. Black Door

11. Elevator

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Track List: Chulahoma

1. Keep Your Hands Off Her

2. Have Mercy On Me

3. Work Me

4. Meet Me In The City

5. Nobody But You

6. My Mind Is Ramblin'

7. Junior's Wife

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Track List: The Moan

1. The Moan

3. No Fun

4. Have Love Will Travel

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Track List: Thickfreakness

1. Thickfreakness

2. Hard Row

3. Set You Free

4. Midnight In Her Eyes

5. Have Love Will Travel

6. Hurt Like Mine

7. Everywhere I Go

8. No Trust

9. If You See Me

10. Hold Me In Your Arms

11. I Cry Alone

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Track List: The Big Come Up

1. Busted

2. Do The Rump

3. I'll Be Your Man

4. Countdown

5. The Breaks

6. Run Me Down

7. Leavin' Trunk

8. Heavy Soul

9. She Said, She Said

10. Them Eyes

11. Yearnin'

12. Brooklyn Bound

13. 240 Years Before Your Time

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Track List: Fever (Single)

1. Fever

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Track List: Lonely Boy (Single)

1. Lonely Boy

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Track List: Ohio (Radio Single)

1. Ohio

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Track List: Rubber Factory

1. When The Lights Go Out

2. 10 A.M. Automatic

3. Just Couldn't Tie Me Down

4. All Hands Against His Own

5. The Desperate Man

6. Girl Is On My Mind

7. The Lengths

8. Grown So Ugly

9. Stack Shot Billy

10. Act Nice And Gentle

11. Aeroplane Blues

12. Keep Me

13. Till I Get My Way

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Track List: Turn Blue (Single)

1. Turn Blue

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any suggestions on related bands with that retro blues sound?
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Liked em until turn blue came out but there old stuff is greaaat
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I Like This SONG BY The BLACK KEYS!! Never paid attention to the Band Who SINGS It
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aarcox2005
These guys are great!
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Yes there awesome!
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LOVE them!!
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Yeah, there pretty good
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benenatism
Massive in their rock music and artistic talent!
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Thnx Pandora for expanding my music repertoire. Heard Black Keys radio play and wrote them off. Love the deeper cuts. Now on my must check em out list.
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I'm fading fast with sex and what ever else is in the air. What's that got to go the air is starting to clear! God I love this girl and that song
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I am confused"col o r coded" man they all look white to me! Are iam missing something
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i listen to the black keys so much I have a lot of their songs they are the best I was so excited when one of my favorite songs by them was in the movie tomorrow land
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 ME: lol
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vvonder vvhat mr. vvhite thinks of black keys being in his bands similar bands section
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The black keys were my fave rote band when I was a kid or about 3 ish
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mike49854
THE SONG I'm not there sounds a lot like PATRICK SWEENY'S THEM SHOES NO?
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Best song follow me
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The Black Keys best work is not found on the radio or iTunes - thank you Pandora for introducing me to the other side (Psychotic Girl!)
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rklarr
A little dismissive of White Stripes here. Stripes had hard blues chops, and a variety of other influences that make them interesting in their own way.
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kpburd9
Thank you Pandora for introducing me to talent as good or better than mainstream.
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The black keys have strong guitar fallowed by waving deep rock vocals the tear apart the hatred people feel
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motoxtrem25
Keep The Black Keys madness going and likem all...
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I didn't even know threads like this existed on Pandora even existed. How sad. But great band!
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Reminds me of Sons of Anarchy. F**kin love them.
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Awsome
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Let me be your everlasting light:)
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GOAL HORN ALERT: LETS GO YOTES
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they are good but i would not describe them a brutal primal force...
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be_young81
I totally love the black keys!
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Good words to live by: act nice act nice and gentle to me.
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Sweet. This must be my lucky Sunday!!
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Check out AheartMadeof R o c k s on Wattpad if you love Marvel!
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KEYS r the s**t...aweso m e concert see...<3
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schuylerdon
I love the black keys and have seen them several times, as well as the White Stripes when they were together. The description though here is inaccurate. They are similar to the White Stripes in several ways, but the WS are the rougher, tougher rock band. They also have more of a purist thing going on with the way they recorded to Jack White currently very active the purist vinyl movement. The Black Keys have been more of a purist blues band until the released Turn Blue. Not sure who writes the s
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It has a nice beatv(^_^v)♪

I like it :3
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milosdad
Loved them more when they were hungry. Saw them a few times before they blew up and there was a rawness that lent itself to the music. Still one of the better bands but I would much rather see an earlier show than what they are doing now. Last tour almost put me to sleep it was so choreographe d .
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Anyone else OUAT nostalgia the Emma scene at episode one?
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Awww. Hmmm. Really good.
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coachgl1
No fancy special effects, but...... 10AM Automatic is one of the funniest videos in the past 15 years ;P
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Hunterdunn9 its you
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hi people
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Stairway to Heaven? I think not...
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Can you all just have some respect? This person made his music for us to HEAR not comment spam.
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is it just me or does this song share similarities to stair way to heaven by led zepplin
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@antigen.jar r e t t He makes his initial statement that the comparison is too easy and based too much on appearance then he explains why. After adequately supporting his introductory statement, he goes on to describe what sets The Black Keys apart and what makes them unique. While it isn't a usual format, that early comparison is the opposing argument and the rest of his writing is meant to refute the opposing opinion and further support his introductory statement. Personally, I think it was a good
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The Black Keys are a spectacular band...
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3 the z
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black keys are one of my favorite bands and i found the because of pandora
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I love this band
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