Incoming: Black Keys
It once seemed that the Black Keys were destined to play under the shadow of fellow Midwestern guitar-and-drums duo the White Stripes; but these two Akron, Ohio kids have quickly differentiated themselves from the average white-boy blues band. In addition to two solo projects from Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney in 2009, the Black Keys also collaborated with an impressive list of hip-hop stars (including RZA, Mos Def, Raewkon and Q-Tip) for Blakroc, their hip-hop project. Their newest album, Brothers, is due out on May 18; and you can catch them at Crossroads KC at Grinder’s on June 4.
Stream the Black Keys’ newest track, “Tighten Up,” on their Myspace.