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The Black Keys, Nominated for Three Billboard Music Awards, Are On Tour; Coachella Performance to Be Webcast Live

The Black Keys: Mesa, AZ, April 14, 2011
The Black Keys have been nominated for three Billboard Music Awards: Top Alternative Artist and Top Rock Album and Top Alternative Album for their acclaimed 2010 Nonesuch release, Brothers. The awards will be presented in a ceremony at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 22, broadcast live on ABC.

The Black Keys are back on the road, continuing their sold-out North American tour this spring and summer. Patrick Carney, Dan Auerbach, and the band are at the Mesa Amphitheatre in Mesa, Arizona, tonight for a sold-out show, with special guests Cage the Elephant opening. The limited-edition poster for tonight's show, pictured at left and available at the show, was designed by Rhys Cooper even before the release of the "Howlin' for You" video, which it echoes.

The band plays the first of several upcoming festival headlining appearances at Coachella tomorrow night. That performance, scheduled for 8:40 PM PT on the Coachella Stage, will be webcast live on YouTube, as will those of other artists like The National, Gogol Bordello, Interpol, Mumford & Sons, Duran Duran, Bright Eyes, Cut Copy, Cold War Kids, and PJ Harvey. Tune in at

SPIN considers the band a must-hear artist at Coachella this year. "A decade of toiling on the road and the studio paid off in 2010 for Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney," says SPIN, "with Brothers becoming one of the year's runaway hits and the duo collecting three Grammys. Now expanded to a four-piece for parts of their set, the boys' sound is even more festival-ready—and they proved it with standout appearances at Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza last year."

The Los Angeles Times says: "If there's any band that has earned a fourth tour of Coachella, it's the Black Keys."

Additional upcoming performances include headlining appearances at The Hangout Festival, Summerfest, Bonnaroo, and, as was most recently announced, Outside Lands in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. See below for all of The Black Keys currently scheduled tour dates. For more information and ticket links, visit To pick up a copy of Brothers, head to the Nonesuch Store now.

The band recently took fans behind the scenes of the unforgettable video for the Brothers tune "Howlin' for You." Watch the making-of video, featuring director Chris Marrs Piliero and stars Corbin Bernsen, Tricia Helfer, Shaun White, Diora Baird, Sean Patrick Flanery, Todd Bridges, Christian Serratos, and, of course, Carney and Auerbach, below, and watch the original video on YouTube:


Apr 14
Mesa Amphitheatre*
Mesa, AZ
Apr 15
Indio, CA
May 22
The Hangout Festival
Mobile, AL
Jun 10
The Lawn at White River State Park**
Houston, TX
Jun 11
Bonnaroo Manchester, TN
Jun 27
Deer Lake Park*
Vancouver, BC
Jun 28
Stampede Corral* Calgary, AB
Jun 29
Rexall Place* Edmonton, AB
Jun 30
TCU Place* Saskatoon, SK
Jul 2
MTS Centre*
Winnipeg, MB
Jul 3
Roy Wilkins Auditorium
Saint Paul, MN
Jul 5
Stir Cove Amphitheatre* Council Bluffs, IA
Jul 6
Summerfest Milwaukee, WI
Jul 7
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre* Toronto, ON
Jul 10
Festival D'Ete* Quebec, QC
Jul 11
Bell Centre* Montreal, QC
Jul 12
John Labatt Centre* London, ON
Jul 13
Artpark* Buffalo, NY
Aug 12-14
Outside Lands
San Francisco, CA

* with special guest Cage the Elephant
** with Booker T. Jones, Nicole Atkins, and The Black Sea


That poster looks badass.

It's refreshing to see artists out there still doing excellent work like this poster. I thought that line of art was dead. Excellent job.

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