The Rentals have always been an amalgamation: a band cobbled together from members of other bands, with a lineup that changed with each album, centered around frontman Matt Sharp, formerly the bassist of Weezer in their earlier days. Sharp left Weezer after Pinkerton (1996), and focused on the Rentals, releasing first Return of the Rentals (1995), and then 1999’s Seven More Minutes, which was about time he spent in Spain with a significant other. But the Rentals dissipated for several years after that album, coming back together in 2005 to release some smaller projects, like the multimedia Songs About Time (2009). Lost in Alphaville is the band’s third album and the first full-length since 1999, and it’s got a shiny new lineup to match: Patrick Carney of the Black Keys, Ryen Slegr of Ozma, Lauren Chipman of Section Quartet, and Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe of Lucius on vocals. Read more…
The Black Keys’ newest album, Turn Blue, is an interesting listen, with eleven tracks that flow together cleanly and organically. However, while some songs are knock outs (“Gotta Get Away” is one), many of the songs on Turn Blue feel overworked. Read more…
The Black Keys is an American rock duo from Akron, Ohio, that formed in 2001. The duo, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, started out as an independent act recording in basements and self producing their own records. They emerged as one of the most popular garage rock artists during 2010. They are now embarking on a world tour with multiple support acts, including including Cage the Elephant, Jake Bugg and St. Vincent.
Their debut album, The Big Come Up was released in 2002, and earned them a deal with Fat Possum Records. The Black Keys built up their fan base by playing small clubs and festivals. In 2004, they released their third album, Rubber Factory, which lead them to a major record deal with Nonesuch Records in 2006.
The Black Keys had their breakthrough in 2012 with Brothers, which included the popular single “Tighten Up.” The single helped the album win three Grammy Awards. In 2011, their follow-up album, El Camino, received strong reviews and peaked number two on the Billboard 200 chart. The album allowed the duo to hit the road for their first arena tour, “El Camino Tour.” The album and its hit single “Lonely Boy” won three Grammy Awards. In May, The Black Keys released their eighth album, Turn Blue, which is the duo’s first number one album in the U.S. and Australia. To announce the “Turn Blue World Tour,” the duo released a video on their YouTube Channel that can be watched below.
The Black Keys and St. Vincent at The Frank Erwin Center
Ohio rock duo The Black Keys have a new track for us. The single is #1 on AAA radio for the third straight week and #3 on Alternative radio. Fever is the second single from the duo’s new album, Turn Blue, which comes out in May from Nonesuch Records. In support of the release, the Black Keys will return to Saturday Night Live for their third appearance later this month. Read more…
Hit blues rock band The Black Keys have announced their eighth studio album, Turn Blue, set to come out in May on Nonesuch Records. It’s not the only thing the band has on its plate; they’ve released a new single and are kicking off a European festival tour this summer, after first making a pit stop at the Hangout Music Festival in Alabama.
Dutch music festival Down The Rabbit Hole has released their 2014 lineup featuring headliners such as The Black Keys and MGMT. Down The Rabbit Hole is “an adventure full of confusion, surrealism and psychedelics” so get ready to “tumble” into an awesome experience.
We’re not convinced that “hangout” carries enough impact, but we’ll deal with it. Heck, call the festival whatever you like, we’ll still want to go – it’s featuring OutKast, the Black Keys, QOTSA, The Killers, and more. Yep, this one’s huge.