Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) May 19, 2014
Raw blues rockers, The Black Keys, first struck a chord with fans on top of their debut album The Big Come Up in 2002. The duo, made up of boyhood pals Dan Auerbach on guitar and vocals and Patrick Carney on drums, had just started jamming out of Carney's basement in Akron, Ohio only a year before.
After dropping out of college, the friends had started self-producing their own material, and their debut album scored them a deal with Fat Possum Records. Then they went on to build an underground fan base frequenting music festivals and small clubs… before eventually emerging as one of the most popular garage rock artists during the genre's revival in the 2010s.
After their critically-acclaimed third album Rubber Factory in 2004, The Black Keys finished Attack & Release in 2008, hiring producer Danger Mouse. Next, the group finally went commercial following the release of Brothers and its popular hit “Tighten up”, scoring three Grammy Awards in 2011.
The following year, they dropped a heavy-hitting El Camino, which landed at Number Two on the Billboard Top 200. The album’s popular single “Lonely Boy” won two Grammy Awards and the album itself bagged another award in 2013, adding to the hat-trick from two years before.
Dan Auerbach also picked up a Grammy Award for Non-Classical Producer of the Year. And just recently, the top trending artists released their eighth album Turn Blue with the mega-hit “Fever”.
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The American blues rock duo originally formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001. According to an interview on NPR's Fresh Air, the group's name "The Black Keys" came from an artist acquaintance named Alfred McMoore. When he was upset with them, he would leave incoherent messages on their answering machines referring to their fathers as "black keys" on the piano such as "D flat" and so on.
Auerbach originally met Carney when both boys were nine. They met through mutual friends while playing flag football, but did not become good friends until high school. After they both dropped out of college, they began pursuing their mutual passion for making blues music. The band's debut album, The Big Come Up, was recorded entirely in Carney's basement on an 8-track tape recorder in lo-fi for its release in May 2002.
The rockers latest tour is on top of their latest album Turn Blue, their eighth. According to reviewers, it has a slower pace than their largest commercial success El Camino. Pundits write that this new tone may partially reflect Auerbach’s recent divorce from his wife with its laggard, melancholy vibe.
The group has already sold out tickets to the Hangout Music Festival and are set to open their tour near home turf in Columbus, Ohio on September 5th. From there they will move to Cleveland, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, Louisville, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Rochester on September 14th. After that, they hop the border to Toronto and Montreal, then head south to Philly, Boston, Brooklyn, Washington D.C., and Chicago with Cage The Elephant as support.
On October 24, Jake Bugg lends support for gigs starting in Minneapolis and then Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Portland, Seattle, San Diego, Phoenix, Salt Lake, Denver, Houston, Dallas, and Baltimore.
St. Vincent acts as support for the remainder of the tour starting in Raleigh and then Richmond, Nashville, St. Louis, Atlanta, Charlotte, Greenville, Sunrise, Tampa, Orlando, Austin and Tulsa. The wrap is currently set for the Sprint Center in Kansas City on December 21, 2014.
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