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The Black Keys Featured in New York Times Arts & Leisure Profile; Guardian Gives Five Stars to "Year's Best Rock 'n' Roll Album"

  • Friday, December 2, 2011
    The Black Keys Featured in New York Times Arts & Leisure Profile; Guardian Gives Five Stars to "Year's Best Rock 'n' Roll Album"

    The Black Keys, who announced the first leg of their North American tour this morning, are the subject of a feature article on the cover of the New York Times Arts & Leisure section appearing this coming Sunday. In the article, now available online, Times writer Alan Light takes a look at the band's forthcoming album, El Camino, due out this Tuesday on Nonesuch Records, and visits band mates Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney in Nashville as they prepared for upcoming live performances of songs off the album, including sets on Saturday Night Live tomorrow night, The Colbert Report on Tuesday, the Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday, and their album release show at New York's Webster Hall on Monday, which will stream live via MTV Hive. To read the New York Times article, visit nytimes.com now.

    The band and article are also the subject of the New York Times' weekly Popcast. Alan Light talks with Popcast host Ben Ratliff about the band and the new heights the duo continues to reach in their career, unexpected for any rock band these days. Listen to the Popcast now, available at artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com.

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    The Black Keys are also featured on the cover of the Guardian's Film & Music section, in which the Guardian's Dave Simpson talks to Auerbach and Carney and explores how, ten years into their career, the band has "become a global pop phenomenon by stealth." Simpson describes the band's music as "a thrillingly primal collision between raucous, soulful garage rock and swinging, hip-hop grooves, delivered in catchy three-minute packages." Read the complete article at guardian.co.uk.

    The Guardian gives El Camino a perfect five stars. "The seventh album from the Black Keys reflects the duo's unlikely ascension to Proper Rock Star status, dripping with an easy, attractive confidence," writes reviewer Michael Hann. "They sound like a band who think they've made the year's best rock 'n' roll album, probably because that's exactly what they've done." Read the review at guardian.co.uk.

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    Entertainment Weekly gives an A- to the band's "awesomely down-and-dirty" new album, on which they "do what they do best," writes reviewer Melissa Maerz: "make a small-room racket that sounds massive enough for a bigger-is-better world." Read the review at ew.com.

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    Auerbach and Carney appeared on the CBC radio show Q yesterday to talk with host Jian Ghomeshi about the new album and the success that came in the wake of their previous Nonesuch release, last year's Grammy-winning album Brothers. You can listen to the complete, 25-minute show online at cbc.ca.

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    To pre-order El Camino and receive an instant download the opening track, "Lonely Boy," head to the Nonesuch Store, the Black Keys store, and iTunes now.

on December 1, 2011 - 7:05pm
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The Black Keys are featured in a cover story in this Sunday's New York Times Arts & Leisure section and in the Times' Popcast, which look at the band's new album, El Camino, and their rise to fame. A Guardian profile also examines how the band has "become a global pop phenomenon." The Guardian gives El Camino a perfect fives stars: "They sound like a band who think they've made the year's best rock 'n' roll album, probably because that's exactly what they've done."

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The Black Keys, who announced the first leg of their North American tour this morning, are the subject of a feature article on the cover of the New York Times Arts & Leisure section appearing this coming Sunday. In the article, now available online, Times writer Alan Light takes a look at the band's forthcoming album, El Camino, due out this Tuesday on Nonesuch Records, and visits band mates Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney in Nashville as they prepared for upcoming live performances of songs off the album, including sets on Saturday Night Live tomorrow night, The Colbert Report on Tuesday, the Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday, and their album release show at New York's Webster Hall on Monday, which will stream live via MTV Hive. To read the New York Times article, visit nytimes.com now.

The band and article are also the subject of the New York Times' weekly Popcast. Alan Light talks with Popcast host Ben Ratliff about the band and the new heights the duo continues to reach in their career, unexpected for any rock band these days. Listen to the Popcast now, available at artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com.

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The Black Keys are also featured on the cover of the Guardian's Film & Music section, in which the Guardian's Dave Simpson talks to Auerbach and Carney and explores how, ten years into their career, the band has "become a global pop phenomenon by stealth." Simpson describes the band's music as "a thrillingly primal collision between raucous, soulful garage rock and swinging, hip-hop grooves, delivered in catchy three-minute packages." Read the complete article at guardian.co.uk.

The Guardian gives El Camino a perfect five stars. "The seventh album from the Black Keys reflects the duo's unlikely ascension to Proper Rock Star status, dripping with an easy, attractive confidence," writes reviewer Michael Hann. "They sound like a band who think they've made the year's best rock 'n' roll album, probably because that's exactly what they've done." Read the review at guardian.co.uk.

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Entertainment Weekly gives an A- to the band's "awesomely down-and-dirty" new album, on which they "do what they do best," writes reviewer Melissa Maerz: "make a small-room racket that sounds massive enough for a bigger-is-better world." Read the review at ew.com.

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Auerbach and Carney appeared on the CBC radio show Q yesterday to talk with host Jian Ghomeshi about the new album and the success that came in the wake of their previous Nonesuch release, last year's Grammy-winning album Brothers. You can listen to the complete, 25-minute show online at cbc.ca.

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To pre-order El Camino and receive an instant download the opening track, "Lonely Boy," head to the Nonesuch Store, the Black Keys store, and iTunes now.

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