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Thursday, May 5, 2011


It's almost impossible to improve on a 2 piece blues band. Raw , gritty and heartfelt... obviously the tv people think so...this band is on commercials and tv shows now. I hope they can maintain their raw energy.

The Black Keys are from Akron, Ohio. The band's two members are Dan Auerbach (guitar and lead vocals) and Patrick Carney (drummer). According to an interview on NPR's Fresh Air the name came from a psychotic artist the pair knew who 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 extended play, "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'
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