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Akron, Ohio, United States (2001 – present)

The Black Keys are a two-man blues-rock group from Akron, Ohio, United States which formed in 2001, consisting of singer and guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney. The band name was inspired by a schizophrenic artist and friend in Akron, who used the term “black keys” to describe things he disliked or people he did not trust. The Black Keys have roots in traditional blues and stylings.

They released their first album, The Big Come Up, in 2002, followed by Thickfreakness in 2003, and Rubber Factory in 2004. October 2005 saw the release of the DVD Live, recorded live at The Metro Theatre in Sydney, Australia March 18, 2005. In 2006 they released Magic Potion, as well as the lesser-known Chulahoma and a single version of Your Touch.

One of their trademarks is their preference for simple, recording techniques. They refuse to use big-name studios, and do most recording, producing, and mixing themselves. Most of Thickfreakness was recorded in about 14 hours in Carney’s basement, using only an early 80’s Tascam 388 8-track recorder. Often, their recordings still have background noises (such as an owl hooting).

The Black Keys have achieved increasing critical acclaim and recognition since their debut album, which itself received praise from Rolling Stone magazine. Time magazine named them one of the “10 Best Acts of 2003” (behind OutKast and The White Stripes).


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  • tibetandra13

    such a perfect band

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  • Kal0psia

    The Black Keys, you're awesome, but why the hell you not come to Peru???

    22 Jan 2:28am Reply
  • Tata_ua

    weight of love... wow!

    21 Jan 9:15pm Reply
  • DaLucifah

    In Time <3

    20 Jan 2:52pm Reply
  • China_Lake

    ifyouDie например?

    11 Jan 5:34pm Reply
  • cmonanimals

    Little Black Submarines <3

    10 Jan 10:34pm Reply
  • tibetandra13

    fucking love this band

    10 Jan 9:06am Reply
  • b0bby123

    The guitar on 'Weight of love' is pure genius.

    1 Jan 11:20am Reply
  • DaLucifah

    The song Turn Blue remind me West Coast from Lana, and love it all the way <3

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Satellite6

    I love turn blue unlike everyone else.

    30 Dec 2014 Reply
  • DaLucifah

    Gotta Get Away <3

    30 Dec 2014 Reply
  • ifyouDie

    Слишком переоценненые ребята, многие менее известные команды из этого жанра на порядок сильней.

    28 Dec 2014 Reply
  • amandc

    best <3

    27 Dec 2014 Reply
  • isitbeer30yet

    These boys put on a hell of a show in Tulsa last night. Love to hear Dan play guitar.

    22 Dec 2014 Reply
  • ubermiro

    2015 concert wishlist.

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MrShayton

    Очешуенные ребята. И они не мейнстрим, хотя заслуживают большей популярности.

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Pani_Kika89

    Takie męskie White Stripes z wyraźniej zaznaczonym białym bluesem, zagrajkami psychodelicznymi. Da się tego słuchać.

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Universe-FM

    Started a couple of hours ago listening through the complete discography today!

    16 Dec 2014 Reply
  • queenswift

    i love these guys. ♥

    16 Dec 2014 Reply
  • naufal0706

    My Favorite Blues Rock / Glam Rock / Garage Blues / etc. in my life..

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
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