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    The Black Keys' "Brothers" Named iTunes Album of the Year; Steve Reich, Bill Frisell Also Among iTunes Best of 2010

    Brothers, the acclaimed 2010 release from The Black Keys, recently received six Grammy nominations. The album has now been named Album of the Year at iTunes, which says the album "hit upon a postmodern groove that honors the past while ambling toward the future." Also included in the iTunes Best of 2010 list are Steve Reich's Double Sextet / 2x5, named Best Contemporary Classical Album of the year, and Bill Frisell's Disfarmer, for Best Instrumental Jazz Album. To see the complete list on iTunes, click here.

    Brothers also tops American Songwriter magazine's list of the Top 50 Albums of 2010. Also on that list are label mates Punch Brothers, whose latest Nonesuch release, Antifogmatic, comes in at No. 15.

    Earlier in the week, Brothers landed the No. 2 spot on Rolling Stone's list of the Best Albums of 2010, and the album track "Everlasting Light" came in at No. 11 on the list of the Best Singles of 2010.

    The week began with Brothers topping NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday's 12th Annual Director's Cut Gift Guide. The list comes from the show's senior producer and music director, Ned Wharton, who says Brothers is "the rock CD that's been wearing out my music player this year." On the album, says Wharton, The Black Keys are "still rocking a gritty blues sound, with many of the cuts recorded in a place famous for 60's and 70's R&B: Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama."

    Read more of what Wharton has to say about Brothers and listen to the album track "Next Girl" at npr.org.

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    Last night, the band performed at the Deck the Hall Ball at Seattle's WaMu Theater, a six-hour marathon of music featuring seven acts, of which they were among "the most impressive and attention-grabbing," reports the Seattle Times.

    "The Black Keys performed an extremely skills-centric rock set, with a heavy focus on front man Dan Auerbach's electric guitar and aggressive blues-rock style," says Times reviewer Andrew Matson. "Auerbach deserved every eye trained on him, plainly doing something only a fraction of humanity is capable of, and with grace."

    Read the complete concert review at seattletimes.nwsource.com. For more tour information, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

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The Black Keys' "Brothers" Named iTunes Album of the Year; Steve Reich, Bill Frisell Also Among iTunes Best of 2010

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The Black Keys' Brothers has been named Album of the Year at iTunes, which says the band "hit upon a postmodern groove that honors the past while ambling toward the future." Also included among iTunes' Best of 2010 are Steve Reich's Double Sextet / 2x5, named Best Contemporary Classical Album, and Bill Frisell's Disfarmer, for Best Instrumental Jazz Album. Brothers also tops American Songwriter magazine's year-end list and NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday's Director's Cut Gift Guide.

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Brothers, the acclaimed 2010 release from The Black Keys, recently received six Grammy nominations. The album has now been named Album of the Year at iTunes, which says the album "hit upon a postmodern groove that honors the past while ambling toward the future." Also included in the iTunes Best of 2010 list are Steve Reich's Double Sextet / 2x5, named Best Contemporary Classical Album of the year, and Bill Frisell's Disfarmer, for Best Instrumental Jazz Album. To see the complete list on iTunes, click here.

Brothers also tops American Songwriter magazine's list of the Top 50 Albums of 2010. Also on that list are label mates Punch Brothers, whose latest Nonesuch release, Antifogmatic, comes in at No. 15.

Earlier in the week, Brothers landed the No. 2 spot on Rolling Stone's list of the Best Albums of 2010, and the album track "Everlasting Light" came in at No. 11 on the list of the Best Singles of 2010.

The week began with Brothers topping NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday's 12th Annual Director's Cut Gift Guide. The list comes from the show's senior producer and music director, Ned Wharton, who says Brothers is "the rock CD that's been wearing out my music player this year." On the album, says Wharton, The Black Keys are "still rocking a gritty blues sound, with many of the cuts recorded in a place famous for 60's and 70's R&B: Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama."

Read more of what Wharton has to say about Brothers and listen to the album track "Next Girl" at npr.org.

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Last night, the band performed at the Deck the Hall Ball at Seattle's WaMu Theater, a six-hour marathon of music featuring seven acts, of which they were among "the most impressive and attention-grabbing," reports the Seattle Times.

"The Black Keys performed an extremely skills-centric rock set, with a heavy focus on front man Dan Auerbach's electric guitar and aggressive blues-rock style," says Times reviewer Andrew Matson. "Auerbach deserved every eye trained on him, plainly doing something only a fraction of humanity is capable of, and with grace."

Read the complete concert review at seattletimes.nwsource.com. For more tour information, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

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