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The Black Keys (2001)

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  Summary  

The Black Keys are an American rock duo consisting of vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer/producer Patrick Carney. The band was formed in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. As of October 2011, the band has sold over 2 million albums in the U.S.

  Biography  

 career
 Early history and The Big Come Up (2001–2002)
The Black Keys are an American blues rock band from Akron, Ohio. According to an interview on NPR's Fresh Air the name came from a schizophrenic artist named Alfred McMoore that the pair knew; he would leave incoherent messages on their answering machines referring to their fathers as "black keys" such as "D flat" when he was upset with them.

The band released their debut album, The Big Come Up, in early 2002. The album was very successful for a new independent rock band. Along with their second album, it was recorded entirely in drummer Patrick Carney's basement on an 8-track tape recorder from the early 1980s. The album spawned two singles released as an EP, "Leavin' Trunk" and "She Said, She Said". Both are cover songs; "Leavin' Trunk" is a traditional blues standard and "She Said, She Said" is originally by The Beatles. "I'll Be Your Man" would later be used as the theme for the HBO series Hung. "Breaks" was featured in the 2008 film ''RocknRolla'

 Thickfreakness era
The band released Thickfreakness in April 2003, which was recorded on a Tascam 388 in Carney's basement in 14 hours. The album was favoured by critics and spawned three singles: "Set You Free", "Hard Row" which was featured in the pilot episode for the FX tv show Sons of Anarchy and a cover of Richard Berry's "Have Love, Will Travel". The other cover was Junior Kimbrough's "Everywhere I Go". "Set You Free" was featured on the soundtrack for School of Rock, as well as the 2009 comedy I Love You, Man.

The band released a split-EP with The Six Parts Seven on September 16, 2003, titled The Six Parts Seven/The Black Keys EP and featured one song by The Six Parts Seven and three songs by The Black Keys.

 Rubber Factory and first live album (2004–2005)''
Rubber Factory, the band's third album, was released in 2004. During Thickfreakness and Rubber Factory, the band gained recognition and popularity, boosting their career. Rubber Factory was recorded in an abandoned factory in early 2004. The factory was located in Akron, but according to Carney, was torn down in early 2010. The album featured singles "10 A.M. Automatic", "'Til I Get My Way", and "Girl Is On My Mind", released as an EP. "When the Lights Go Out" was used in trailers for the film Black Snake Moan and was featured in the erotic opening sequence with co-stars Christina Ricci and Justin Timberlake. Additionally, "10 A.M. Automatic" was used in Live Free or Die, The Go Getter, the soundtrack to MLB 06: The Show and an American Express commercial. The Go Getter also featured "Keep Me" as did Sons of Anarchy's Season 1 Episode AK-51 & Old Bones. "Grown So Ugly" was featured on Cloverfield and "Girl Is On My Mind" on Sony Ericsson, Victoria's Secret, and in November 2010, Zales commercials. Around this time, they also opened for bands such as Pearl Jam, Beck, Radiohead and Sleater-Kinney. The Kinks cover, "Act Nice and Gentle" appears in the eleventh episode of season four of Rescue Me. In the scene where Dennis Leary and Gina Gershon are engaged in coitus, it plays in the background.

In 2005, the band also released their first live video album, Live, recorded at The Metro Theatre in Sydney, Australia on March 18, 2005.

The Moan was an extended play which was released on January 19, 2004, featuring "Have Love Will Travel", an alternate version of "Heavy Soul," and two covers.

 Magic Potion and other releases (2006–2007)
The Black Keys released Chulahoma: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough, an EP with covers of songs by Junior Kimbrough, a north Mississippi bluesman, whom the band had covered on The Big Come Up and Thickfreakness. The EP was released on May 2, 2006.
Four days later, The Black Keys released their second live album, Live in Austin, TX – also known as Thickfreakness in Austin – which was recorded October 24, 2003.
Soon after, their fourth album was released; Magic Potion was their first release on Nonesuch Records. The album featured four singles; "You're the One", "Your Touch", "Strange Desire", and "Just Got To Be". The latter was featured on the soundtrack to the video game, NHL 08. "Your Touch" was featured on the 2009 film Zombieland as well as the HBO series Eastbound & Down. The Black Keys recorded a cover of "The Wicked Messenger" for the soundtrack of I'm Not There and have recorded "If You Ever Slip", a song written by Jesse Harris for The Hottest State soundtrack.

 Attack & Release and the Blakroc project (2008–2009)

Attack & Release, the band's fifth album, was produced by Danger Mouse and released on April 1, 2008, having leaked onto the internet by March 4. Attack & Release debuted at number 14 on the Billboard 200. The singles from the album were "Strange Times", "I Got Mine", and "Same Old Thing". "Strange Times" was featured in the video games Grand Theft Auto IV and NASCAR 09. "I Got Mine" was named the 23rd best song by Rolling Stone in its list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008. "I Got Mine" is used as the theme song for Canadian Police Drama TV Series The Bridge. "Lies" was used in episodes of Big Love and Lie to Me, and was covered by Kelly Clarkson live on her All I Ever Wanted Tour. "So He Won't Break" was featured on an episode of One Tree Hill. According to an interview in Pitchfork Media, the band was collaborating on an album with Ike Turner, to be produced by Danger Mouse and released in 2007, but the idea was rendered impossible with Turner's death in December 2007. "Some of the stuff we ended up recording sounds like Screamin' Jay Hawkins," said Carney.

Live at the Crystal Ballroom is a live video album released on November 18, 2008. It was filmed April 4, 2008 in Portland, Oregon at the Crystal Ballroom.

On October 17, 2008, The Black Keys was an opening act for fellow Akron-area band Devo at a special benefit concert at The Akron Civic Theater for presidential candidate Barack Obama. Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, also an Akron native and Firestone High School graduate, followed their set. In November, they toured through Europe together with Liam Finn. On June 6, 2009, The Black Keys performed along with The Roots, TV on the Radio, Public Enemy, Antibalas, and other acts at the 2nd Annual Roots Picnic on the Festival Pier in Philadelphia. They also joined the 9th annual Independent Music Awards judging panel to assist independent musicians' careers.


On February 10, 2009, vocalist and guitarist Dan Auerbach released his debut solo album, Keep It Hid. During this time, drummer Patrick Carney formed an indie band called Drummer, who are currently signed to Carney's Audio Eagle Records label. Drummer released their debut album Feel Good Together on September 29, 2009.

Blakroc is a collaborative album featuring The Black Keys and several hip hop artists released on Black Friday. The project was supported and brought together by Damon Dash, who is a big fan of the band. The album features rappers among the likes of Mos Def, Ludacris, RZA, Raekwon, Pharoahe Monch, Q-Tip, NOE, Jim Jones, Nicole Wray, M.O.P., and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard. The album was recorded in Brooklyn, New York. Auerbach said on the official Blakroc site, "Pat and I have been preparing for this record since we were 16."

 Brothers (2010–2011)

Brothers was released on May 18, 2010, featuring a 15 track listing. The album was produced by The Black Keys and Mark Neill, and was mixed by Tchad Blake. The song "Tighten Up" was released before the album as a single, along with "Howlin' for You" on the B-side. Brothers sold over 73,000 copies in its first week, giving it a #3 ranking on the Billboard Albums chart, their highest yet. Furthermore, the single "Tighten Up" has become their most successful single, reaching the top spot on the US Alternative charts. The Brothers CD has a thin thermal film on the surface, which changes colors depending on the temperature of the surroundings and ranges from completely black to a creamy surface with writing when placed in a CD player. There are two cut tracks from this album that have been released as well. "Ohio" pays homage to the home of The Black Keys, and "Chop and Change" was featured on the soundtrack of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. The song "She's Long Gone" was used to promote the second season of "Swamp People" on History Channel.

The Black Keys also helped judge the 9th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.

On October 19, The Black Keys released iTunes Sessions which is part of a series of live albums by iTunes and released exclusively on iTunes.

On November 26, 2010 The Black Keys released a special edition Double 12" vinyl + 10" w/6 Bonus Tracks, CD, Poster called for independent record stores.

On December 1, 2010, it was announced The Black Keys were nominated for four Grammy Awards including Best Rock Song and Best Alternative Album.

Rolling Stone magazine placed Brothers at #2 on the Best Albums of 2010 and "Everlasting Light" at #11 on the Best Singles of 2010. On December 14, 2010, Spin magazine named The Black Keys the Artist of the Year for 2010

On January 8, 2011, The Black Keys performed "Howlin' for You" and "Tighten Up" on Saturday Night Live.

In February 2011, they released a short musical film called Howlin For You starring Tricia Helfer, Diora Baird, Sean Patrick Flanery, Christian Serratos, Corbin Bernsen, Todd Bridges, and Shaun White.

The Black Keys were nominated for three Billboard Music Awards: Top Alternative Artist and Top Rock Album and Top Alternative Album for their album, Brothers.

On June 11, 2011 The Black Keys played at the 10th annual Bonnaroo music festival in Manchester, Tennessee. They were a pre-headliner for the four day festival and performed on "What Stage".

On August 6, 2011 The Black Keys performed at the 1st annual Kanrocksas music festival at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. They played on "Stageasaurus Rex" and just before Muse, who was the headlining band for the day.

 El Camino (2011–present)
The recording sessions for the group's seventh studio album, El Camino, began on March 3, 2011. Splitting time between touring and recording, the band spent 41 days at Easy Eye Sound Studio, which was opened in 2010 by Auerbach in the duo's new hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. For the album, Danger Mouse reprised his role as producer and also contributed as a co-writer on all of its songs. Based on the difficulty the band had performing some of the slower songs from Brothers live, they conceived more uptempo tracks for El Camino. The record draws strong influence from early American music and popular genres from the 1950s–1970s, such as rock and roll, soul, and glam rock. Several retro acts such as The Clash, The Cramps, and T. Rex were cited as musical influences.

On August 13, 2011, The Black Keys played at the 4th annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. They played before Muse, performing on the "Land's End" stage.

El Camino was preceded by lead single "Lonely Boy", which was released in October accompanied by a popular one-shot music video of a man dancing. The band returned to Saturday Night Live as a musical guest on December 3, 2011, marking the first occasion that a non-hosting musical act performed on the show twice in the same calendar year. The album was released three days later and received wide critical acclaim. In the US, it debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and sold 206,000 copies in its first week, the highest charting position and single-week sales the group has achieved in the country. Many publications, such as Rolling Stone and Time ranked El Camino among the best albums of the year, despite its late release. After a North American tour was announced, their show at Madison Square Garden sold out in 15 minutes.

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Name Duration Released
Lonely Boy 03:13 06/12/2011
Stop Stop 03:30 06/12/2011
Hell of a Season 03:45 06/12/2011
Sister 03:25 06/12/2011
Run Right Back 03:17 06/12/2011
Money Maker 02:57 06/12/2011
Little Black Submarines 04:11 06/12/2011
Gold on the Ceiling 03:44 06/12/2011
Mind Eraser 03:15 06/12/2011
Dead and Gone 03:41 06/12/2011
Nova Baby 03:27 06/12/2011
Howlin' For You 03:12 18/05/2010
I'm Not The One 03:49 18/05/2010
Tighten Up 03:31 18/05/2010
The Go Getter 03:37 18/05/2010
Next Girl 03:18 18/05/2010
Sinister Kid 03:45 18/05/2010
Everlasting Light 03:24 18/05/2010
Ten Cent Pistol 04:29 18/05/2010
Too Afraid to Love You 03:25 18/05/2010
Ohio 04:29 18/05/2010
The Only One 05:00 18/05/2010
These Days 05:12 18/05/2010
Black Mud 02:10 18/05/2010
Never Gonna Give You Up 03:39 18/05/2010
She's Long Gone 03:06 18/05/2010
Unknown Brother 04:00 18/05/2010
Dollaz & Sense 03:47 27/11/2009
Hard Times 02:38 27/11/2009
Done Did It 03:29 27/11/2009
On the Vista 02:39 27/11/2009
What You Do to Me 05:14 27/11/2009
Coochie 04:08 27/11/2009
Tellin’ Me Things 02:39 27/11/2009
Hope You’re Happy 02:11 27/11/2009
Ain't Nothing Like You 03:23 27/11/2009
Stay Off the Fuckin’ Flowers 02:31 27/11/2009
Why Can’t I Forget Him 04:16 27/11/2009
Remember When 03:21 01/2008
Lies 03:58 01/2008
Psychotic Girl 04:10 01/2008
Strange Times 03:09 01/2008
I Got Mine 03:58 01/2008
Things Ain't Like They Used to Be 04:54 01/2008
All You Ever Wanted 02:55 01/2008
Oceans & Streams 03:25 01/2008
So He Won't Break 04:13 01/2008
Same Old Thing 03:08 01/2008
Just Got To Be 03:01 12/2006
Goodbye Babylon 05:56 12/2006
The Flame 04:36 12/2006
Modern Times 04:22 12/2006
Strange Desire 04:22 12/2006
Give Your Heart Away 03:27 12/2006
Just a Little Heat 03:42 12/2006
You're the One 03:29 12/2006
Elevator 03:44 12/2006
Your Touch 02:45 12/2006
Black Door 03:31 12/2006
Junior's Widow 00:32 02/05/2006
My Mind Is Ramblin' 06:45 02/05/2006
Nobody But You 05:21 02/05/2006
Meet Me in the City 03:38 02/05/2006
Work Me 04:15 02/05/2006
Have Mercy on Me 04:42 02/05/2006
Keep Your Hands Off Her 03:06 02/05/2006
The Desperate Man 03:54 07/2004
'Till I Get My Way 02:31 07/2004
All Hands Against His Own 03:16 07/2004
Keep Me 02:52 07/2004
Just Couldn't Tie Me Down 02:57 07/2004
Aeroplane Blues 02:50 07/2004
10 A.M. Automatic 02:59 07/2004
Act Nice and Gentle 02:41 07/2004
When the Lights Go Out 03:23 07/2004
Stack Shot Billy 03:21 07/2004
Grown So Ugly 02:27 07/2004
The Lengths 04:54 07/2004
Girl Is On My Mind 03:28 07/2004
No Fun 02:32 2004
The Moan 03:45 2004
Hard Row 03:15 08/2003
Hold Me in Your Arms 03:19 08/2003
Thickfreakness 03:48 08/2003
If You See Me 02:52 08/2003
No Trust 03:37 08/2003
Everywhere I Go 05:40 08/2003
Hurt Like Mine 03:27 08/2003
Have Love Will Travel 03:04 08/2003
Midnight in Her Eyes 04:02 08/2003
Set You Free 02:46 08/2003
I Cry Alone 02:47 08/2003
Run Me Down 03:01 20/05/2002
The Breaks 02:38 20/05/2002
Countdown 02:20 20/05/2002
Brooklyn Bound 01:58 20/05/2002
I'll Be Your Man 02:20 20/05/2002
Yearnin' 02:23 20/05/2002
Do the Rump 02:37 20/05/2002
Them Eyes 02:32 20/05/2002
Busted 00:00 20/05/2002
She Said, She Said 02:08 20/05/2002
Heavy Soul 03:00 20/05/2002
Leavin' Trunk 02:27 20/05/2002

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