The Black Keys - 'Turn Blue'

The Black Keys - 'Turn Blue'

The black keys on a piano raise and lower notes to enrich and diversify a piece of music. Or, to use a more nebulous definition, they’re the ones that direct your emotions, the ones we have the most visceral and inexplicable reactions to. The...

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The Black Keys - 'Little Black Submarines'

The Black Keys - 'Little Black Submarines'

It seems extraordinary that The Black Keys have become so massive, albeit by stealth. This is a song of two halves, with no goals in either. ‘Little Black Submarines’, like much of their oeuvre, is as memorable as a fart at a blowing-off...

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The Black Keys - 'Dead And Gone'

The Black Keys - 'Dead And Gone'

At a time when economies are disintegrating willy nilly and no-one has a bloody clue who’s going to win The Apprentice , it’s easy to see why The Black Keys have become 2012’s New Massive Band. Their plodding blues-rock is just so damn...

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The Black Keys/Arctic Monkeys

The Black Keys/Arctic Monkeys

Four UK Number One albums in, it’s easy to forget that Arctic Monkeys are not universally the success story they are at home. When they take to the stage on the second of two dates supporting The Black Keys at Madison Square Garden, the stadium...

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The Black Keys

The Black Keys

From The Vaccines (ding!) to Viva Brother (honk), it’s usually pretty straightforward to spot where the really big success stories and bigger fails will lie. But sometimes people slip through the net. Remember the phrase ‘You wouldn’t...

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Album Review: The Black Keys - 'El Camino'

The Black Keys - 'El Camino'

It feels pretty strange to be typing these words, but of late The Black Keys have undoubtedly become something of a big deal. Their last album ‘ Brothers ’ scooped three Grammy awards (Best Alternative Album, Best Rock Performance and Best...

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