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The Black Keys is again on tour, and concert tickets are available for sale. The Black Keys is an American rock band formed in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. The group consists of vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer/producer Patrick Carney. The group began as an independent act founded after the duo dropped out of college, and they eventually emerged among a second wave of popular garage rock revival artists from the 2000s. Through October 2011, The Black Keys had sold over 2 million albums in the United States. Their debut album, The Big Come Up (2002), was recorded in Carney's basement and forged their raw blues rock sound. Over the next decade, The Black Keys built an underground fanbase through near-constant touring of small venues, frequent album releases, and extensive licensing of their songs. In 2006, the band signed with Nonesuch Records and began to receive bookings for large music festivals. The duo released Attack & Release in 2008, their first album produced by Danger Mouse, a frequent collaborator of the band. Their 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 has received the strongest reviews of the band's career and peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. View available tickets for The Black Keys concerts below.

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Guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney first met when they were 8 or 9 years old while living in the same neighborhood of Akron, Ohio. While attending Firestone High School, they became friends,though they were part of different crowds—Auerbach was captain of the high school soccer team, while Carney was a social outcast. After graduating, both briefly attended college before dropping out and returning to Akron. Auerbach attempted to make a living from performing at small bars in town, but realized he would not be able to book shows in other cities without a demo. To record one, he solicited the help of Carney, who agreed to provide the recording equipment and allow his basement to be used, while Auerbach would recruit the other musicians. However, none of Auerbach's back-up band showed up on the recording date, as they would "rather get stoned and play video games than come to rehearsal". Instead, Carney and Auerbach jammed, eventually leading to the duo forming a band and recording six-song demo consisting of "old blues rip-offs and words made up on the spot".

According to an interview on NPR's Fresh Air the group's name "The Black Keys" came from a schizophrenic artist named Alfred McMoore that the pair knew; he would leave incoherent messages on their answering machines referring to their fathers as "black keys" such as "D flat" when he was upset with them. The band's debut album, the lo-fi The Big Come Up, was recorded entirely in Carney's basement on an 8-track tape recorder and was released in 2002. The album was very successful for a new independent rock band. It spawned two singles released as an EP, "Leavin' Trunk" and "She Said, She Said". Both are cover songs, the originals being a traditional blues standard and a Beatles song, respectively. "I'll Be Your Man" would later be used as the theme for the HBO series Hung. The duo played their first live show at Cleveland's Beachland Ballroom and Tavern to an audience of about 25 people.

The recording sessions for the group's seventh studio album, El Camino, began on March 3, 2011. Splitting time between touring and recording, the band spent 41 days at Easy Eye Sound Studio, which was opened in 2010 by Auerbach in the duo's new hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. For the album, Danger Mouse reprised his role as producer and also contributed as a co-writer on all of its songs. Based on the difficulty the band had performing some of the slower songs from Brothers live, they conceived more uptempo tracks for El Camino. The record draws strong influence from early American music and popular genres from the 1950s–1970s, such as rock and roll, soul, and glam rock. Several retro acts such as The Clash, The Cramps, and T. Rex were cited as musical influences.

El Camino was preceded by lead single "Lonely Boy", which was released in October accompanied by a popular one-shot music video of a man dancing. The band returned to Saturday Night Live as a musical guest on December 3, 2011, marking the first occasion that a non-hosting musical act performed on the show twice in the same calendar year. The album was released three days later and received wide critical acclaim. In the US, it debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and sold 206,000 copies in its first week, the highest charting position and single-week sales the group has achieved in the country. Many publications, such as Rolling Stone and Time ranked El Camino among the best albums of the year, despite its late release. After a North American tour was announced, their show at Madison Square Garden sold out in 15 minutes.

Find out more about The Black Keys at Wikipedia.