The Black Keys

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The Black Keys is an American rock duo formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums). The duo began as an independent act, recording music in basements and self-producing their records, before they eventually emerged as one of the most popular garage rock artists during a second wave of the genre's revival in the 2010s. The band's raw blues rock sound draws heavily from Auerbach's blues influences, including Junior Kimbrough, Howlin' Wolf, and Robert Johnson.

Originally friends from their childhood, Auerbach and Carney founded the group after dropping out of college. After signing with indie label Alive, they released their debut album, The Big Come Up (2002), which earned them a new deal with Fat Possum Records. Over the next decade, the Black Keys built an underground fanbase through extensive touring of small clubs, frequent album releases and music festival appearances, and substantial licensing of their songs. Their third album, Rubber Factory (2004), received critical acclaim and boosted the band's profile, eventually leading to a record deal with major label Nonesuch Records in 2006. After self-producing and recording their first four records in makeshift studios, the duo completed Attack & Release (2008) in a professional studio and hired producer Danger Mouse, a frequent collaborator with the band.

The group's commercial breakthrough came in 2010 with Brothers, which along with its popular single "Tighten Up", won three Grammy Awards. Their 2011 follow-up El Camino received strong reviews and peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, leading to the first arena concert tour of the band's career, the El Camino Tour. The album and its hit single "Lonely Boy" won three Grammy Awards. In 2014, they released their eighth album, Turn Blue, their first number-one record in the US and Australia.

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2002 The Big Come Up The Black Keys 4 3
2003 Thickfreakness The Black Keys 4 2
2004 The Moan The Black Keys 1
2004 Rubber Factory The Black Keys 4.5 4
2006 Magic Potion The Black Keys 4 4
2008 Attack & Release The Black Keys 4.75 9
2010 Brothers The Black Keys 4.35 12
2011 El Camino The Black Keys 4.35 9
2014 Turn Blue The Black Keys 4

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2003 At TT the Bears (Cambridge, MA 2003-5-16 Live) Live The Black Keys 1
2006 Live in Austin, TX Live The Black Keys 1
2008 Live at the Crystal Ballroom Live The Black Keys 1
2010 iTunes Session Live The Black Keys 1
2011 Live Live The Black Keys 1
Juanitas (Mar 18, '04) Live The Black Keys 1

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2003 Hard Row The Black Keys 1
2003 Have Love Will Travel The Black Keys 1
2004 10 A.M. Automatic The Black Keys 2
2004 Till I Get My Way The Black Keys 1
2006 Your Touch The Black Keys 1
2007 Just Got to Be / Black Door The Black Keys 2
2008 Strange Times The Black Keys 2
2008 I Got Mine The Black Keys 1
2009 Borderline / Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles The Flaming Lips with Stardeath and White Dwarfs / The Black Keys 1
2010 Tighten Up / Howlin' for You The Black Keys 1
2011 Ohio The Black Keys 1
2011 Lonely Boy The Black Keys 1
2012 Little Black Submarines The Black Keys 1
2012 The Baddest Man Alive The Black Keys / RZA 1
2013 No Fun The Stooges / The Black Keys 1
2013 Fever The Black Keys 1

EP

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2002 The Moan The Black Keys 2
2003 The Six Parts Seven / The Black Keys The Six Parts Seven / The Black Keys 1
2006 Chulahoma: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough The Black Keys 4 2
2007 The Live EP The Black Keys 1
2007 You're the One The Black Keys 1
2012 Tour Rehearsal Tapes The Black Keys 3
2014 Fever EP The Black Keys 1

EP + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2003-05-07 Peel Session Live The Black Keys 1
2004-06-11: Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester, TN, USA Live The Black Keys 1

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