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The Black Keys bring their driving rock to ACL. Get a look behind the scenes at the rehearsal and taping.
The Black Keys
From the ACL taping program on October 12, 2010:
Evolving from a low-key blues duo to a band on the verge of rock superstardom, The Black Keys have exploded in what seems like the blink of an eye. The Akron-based duo’s raw energy and unique trademark of bluesy garage rock have been compared to the likes of The White Stripes and Jimi Hendrix infused with an early 1900s blues sound, leading them to reach continually growing levels of critical acclaim. The Black Keys will take the Austin City Limits stage tonight for their first appearance on the show.
It was only a few years ago that the duo was recording, producing, and mixing their tracks in singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach’s basement. Since their 2002 debut album, they have charmed both fans and critics with their gritty low-fi approach to rock music. 2008's Attack & Release marked a transition for the band from underground to mainstream as it was their first album recorded in a proper studio. Produced by Danger Mouse, a master of genre-bending, the album utilized modern studio techniques while maintaining soul-wrenching originality. On their latest release, Brothers, The Black Keys chose to expand to a variety of instruments from their traditional guitar-and-drums mark of simplicity - but the blues pouring out of them remains undiluted.
The shift seemed to have worked for the band. USA Today describes Brothers as a collection of songs that “succinctly plumb the genre's familiar themes of despair, heartache, violence and lust — but avoid clichés like the plague”.
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