Black Keys Poster – Crystal Ballroom April 4th
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Dan Auerbach rarely says much in concert, just the occasional heartfelt “thank you so much,” typically followed by instructions to that bespectacled ape of a thunderous drummer, Patrick Carney: “Let’s keep it movin’!”.
But Thursday night at Valley View Casino Center, the former San Diego Sports Arena– where those lifelong pals, better known as the Ohio-spawned blues-rock band the Black Keys, launched their first run of super-sized Southern California sports venues– the diminutive riff master let out another terse thought, a rather telling one:.
“We’re gonna play an oldie.”.
That remark, with tongue perhaps planted in cheek, came two-thirds of the way into the duo’s hits-stuffed and highly enjoyable yet too-brief 90-minute set. But it was disappointingly no oldie at all.
Certainly it didn’t reach as far back into the Keys’ catalog as an original fan might hope, as had happened earlier in the show during a just-us-two stretch that culled one cut apiece from their formative albums: the title track from 2003’s Thickfreakness, the obsessive ache of “Girl Is on My Mind” (from 2004’s Rubber Factory) and a tempo-shifting take on “Your Touch” (from 2006’s Magic Potion).
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Otherwise, they avoided that period. The remnant in question: a solid stomp through “Strange Times,” one of three tunes from Attack & Release, the transitional 2008 collaboration with producer Danger Mouse that paved the way for the Black Keys’ unexpectedly monstrous commercial juggernaut, begun two years ago with Brothers and continued with last year’s loveable follow-up, El Camino.
Both debuted in the Top 3 on Billboard, bolstered by runaway singles: “Tighten Up,” that whistling ditty set to a martial groove, and the chant-ready blitz “Lonely Boy.” The former album was certified platinum (a rare feat these days for anyone who isn’t Katy Perry) in April. The latter is about 20,000 units shy of a mark that will be crossed well before the home of ubiquitous singles like “Gold on the Ceiling” goes on to grab another raft of Grammy nominations for these guys.
For the overwhelming majority of attendees in San Diego– including scores of rockin’ – out teenage boys who looked like they just got paid to be extras in a sequel to Dazed and Confused, an endearing sight indeed– the Black Keys simply didn’t exist before those two behemoth breakthroughs. It’s as if they just discovered Led Zeppelin via “Rock and Roll” but are only beginning to unearth the earlier albums, or stumbled onto Clapton via “Cocaine” but never knew he had been in Cream.
Which is fine: No one should berate budding rock purists for loving something at 17 that they weren’t aware of when they were in grade-school. But man, the Keys sure are feeding their own hype machine these days– and forsaking fans who stood by them when they couldn’t even fill the Mouse House.
Back in February, The Black Keys gained three Grammy honors for their cd Brothers, consisting of Best Alternative Music Album. Most bands upon gaining a Grammy either sell out, fade into obscurity, or have every following cd contrasted to the honor gaining one. Fortunately, only one of these has occurred to the Black Keys. With their 7th studio album El Camino, The Black Keys have neither offered out nor faded away. They merely returned into the recording studio, wrote a couple of tracks, and developed one of the finest albums of the year.
El Camino is nothing brief of a masterpiece. Because this cd came out on December 6th it’s been using my iPod nonstop. Every track on this album oozes rock with a tinge of blues. The combination of Patrick Carney’s hefty drumming design and the outstanding guitar riffs of Dan Auerbach produces musical gold that is both tough to put down and gets your foot tapping. It’s quite obvious that The Black Keys are at the top of their game today. Ohio you’ve most likely already paid attention to this cd more than 10 times if you’re a follower of the couple from Akron. If you’ve never ever heard The Black Keys, this is an excellent cd to begin with.
After a band gains a Grammy, everybody wonders how the next cd can live up to the success. El Camino definitely has less of the soulful feel that Brothers had, but changes it with high energy, positive blues rock that actually could not go wrong.
Even though El Camino is one of the last big releases of the year, it is definitely major of the list material. There have been some major releases since January, however this release definitely gives a correct close to the year. If you are a follower of rock that is both new but harkens back to the golden days of Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and other legendary artists, El Camino and The Black Keys are absolutely for you.
Back in February, The Black Keys gained 3 Grammy honors for their cd Brothers, consisting of Best Alternative Music Album. With their 7th studio cd El Camino, The Black Keys have actually neither sold out nor faded away. If you’ve never ever paid attention to The Black Keys, this is a fantastic album to begin with.
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