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You should be listening to The Black Keys!

The Black Keys are the amazing bluesy, rocking dynamic duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney.  They formed in 2001 in Akron, Ohio and have been compared to another bluesy power duo known by the name The White Stripes.

Their debut album, The Big Come Up, was released on 2002 and followed up with Thickfreakness in 2003.  2004 saw the release of Rubber Factory.

Much like other artist of today, The Black Keys music has gained commercial recognition from T.V. shows, commercial advertising, and the silver screen. 

 T.V. Shows:

  • The O.C.
  • Big Love
  • Rescue Me
  • Dexter
  • Sons of Anarchy
  • One Tree Hill
  • Gossip Girl
  • Entourage
  • Friday Night Lights

 Advertisements:

  • Sony Ericsson
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • American Express

Movies:

  • Cloverfield
  • School of Rock
  • Zombie Land
  • Black Snake Moan
  • RocknRolla

Their fourth album, Magic Potion, was released in 2006 along with the EP Chulahoma.  In 2007 they released the Danger Mouse produced Attack & Release.  This was the first album that they released that was produced in an actual studio.

The Black Keys Discography:

  • The Big Come Up
  • Thickfreakness
  • The Moan (EP)
  • Rubber factory
  • Magic Potion
  • Chulahoma (EP)
  • Attack & Release
  • Brothers (Set to release May 2010)

The boys have toured with bands such as Pearl Jam, Beck, and Radiohead.  In addition to both critical and commercial success, they have quite a few fans that are in the business.  Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Josh Homme (Them Crooked Vultures & Queens of the Stone Age), Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), and Kirk Hammett (Metallica) have all gone on record extolling the greatness of The Black Keys.

Top 5 The Black Keys Songs:

  1. Oceans& Streams (Attack & Release)
  2. Set You Free (Thickfreakness)
  3. Girl Is On My Mind (Rubber Factory)
  4. I Got Mine (Attack & Release)
  5. Strange Times (Attack & Release)

Musically, there is a raw, emotional connectivity that is heavily influenced by the blues.  The amazing thing about the group is how much sound they can produce between the two of them. 

Check out The Black Keys at www.theblackkeys.com.

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 Great music awaits!


You should be listening to Arctic Monkeys!

Arctic Monkeys are the little British band that took the music scene by storm in 2006 with the release of their debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not.  The release was the fastest selling debut album in British history (sorry Oasis!).  Not too shabby for a bunch of teenagers who used the miracle of the World Wide Web to get their music to the masses.

Loosely formed in 2001 after some of the members received guitars, the band quickly took shape and began performing locally in Sheffield.  They soon began distributing their material on the internet and built a sizable fan base without any label support.  With the excitement of their British sales, The Arctic Monkeys debut sold around 300,000 copies in the United States which is notable for a debut but still significantly less than their British debut sold in its first week.

In a comedic effort to raise awareness, they released an EP titled Who the F**k Are The Arctic Monkeys and began touring the U.S.  In 2007 the released their second album Favourite Worst Nightmare.  All twelve tracks made the Top 200 on the UK singles chart.  The sound on this album was a stronger and the tempo a bit peppier. 

Arctic Monkeys Discography:

  • Whatever People Say I am, That’s What I’m Not
  • Who the F**k Are The Arctic Monkeys (EP)
  • Favourite Worst Nightmare
  • Humbug

Top 5 Arctic Monkey Songs:

  1. I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor (Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not)
  2. Crying Lightning (Humbug)
  3. When the Sun Goes Down (Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not)
  4. Brianstorm (Favourite Worst Nightmare)
  5. Cornerstone (Humbug)

On their third album, they inexplicably turned to Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures) to produce Humbug.  The result is decidedly darker from their previous efforts but strangely in line with their unorthodox approach to music. 

With the brashness of punk, the heart of rock & roll, and the methodology of indie musicians the Arctic Monkeys are a band driven by their own sound and the journey music provides. 

Check out Arctic Monkeys at www.arcticmonkeys.com

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Great music awaits!


You should be listening to Them Crooked Vultures!

Them Crooked Vultures is the musical love child of Led Zeppelin and Nirvana consummated in the California dessert. The group was conceptualized in the mid 00’s but did not officially form until 2009.  Their self titled debut album was released in November 2009.

 The musical triumvirate, which I think sounds cooler than super group, of John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Dave Grohl ( Nirvanna & Foo Fighters), and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) play bombastic guitar driven rock that is in your face and unapologetic.  This is to say, they play rock music as it should be played.  I am sorry to say, that I missed them when they played the Austin City Limits Music Festival last October but heard good things about the show. 

Jones, as expected, plays bass and keyboards, Grohl is back behind the kit, and Homme riffs on guitar and covers the vocals.  As is to be expected with a band that has this type of pedigree, the elephant in the room is, does the hype equal the output.  And the simple truth is no, but the reason is that there is no way that it should.  I mean we are talking about the founding members or Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, and the talented Josh Homme.  How can anyone live up to that expectation?  Grohl captured lightening in a bottle with the Nirvana and Foo Fighters but how lucky can one guy get. 

Given that Homme sings and plays guitar, it has a certain Queens of the Stone Age feel but as the album moves on, it just rocks.  It has moments that recall Zeppelin and others that have the feel of three guys having a quickie because it feels good and in this case, sounds good. 

I think the album is really entertaining to listen to and does not require a lot of thought which is what a good rock record is all about.  You can listen and not feel like you wasted your time, nor will you find yourself trying to decipher and find the hidden meaning behind the lyrics.  You will tap your feet, strum your fingers, bob your head, listen, and take pleasure in the music.  This is the kind of music that would have Beavis and Butt-Head rocking out, playing air guitar, and thinking that it did not suck. 

Check out Them Crooked Vultures at www.themcrookedvulters.com

Great music awaits!