Artist of The Day: The Black Keys

posted by Shane German on 07/04/2019

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Thursday, July 4th: THE BLACK KEYS

The Black Keys is an American rock band formed in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney. 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.

Friends since childhood, Auerbach and Carney founded the group after dropping out of college. They released their debut album, “The Big Come Up,” in 2002, and 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 2004 album, “Rubber Factory,” received critical acclaim, eventually leading to a record deal with major label Nonesuch Records in 2006.

The group's commercial breakthrough came in 2010 with “Brothers,” which won the band 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 album won three more Grammy Awards. In 2014, they released their eighth album, “Turn Blue,” their first number-one record in the US, Canada, and Australia. After the album’s release, the duo took a hiatus for several years to work on side projects and produce other artists. They returned in 2019 with their ninth album, “Let's Rock.”

“Let’s Rock” was recently added to WYCE’s library.

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