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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Tragedy at The Bataclan

This Week: Tragedy at The Bataclan

This time last week, coordinated terror attacks across the city devastated Paris. Of the 129 people senselessly murdered, 89 were at an Eagles of Death Metal concert at The Bataclan Theatre. As survivors and first responders share full details of…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: The Black Keys Play It Safe at Oracle Arena

Live Review: The Black Keys Play It Safe at Oracle Arena

The Black Keys Jake Bugg November 3, 2014 Oracle Arena Better than: Two hours of Nissan commercials, I guess. In defense of The Black Keys, I will say that it’s not, causally speaking, their fault. Their brand of raggedly good-timey…
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Music, After a Troubled Start, BottleRock Napa Valley Reboots

After a Troubled Start, BottleRock Napa Valley Reboots

The Napa community pulled the cork on its first major music festival last year, and learned the hard way that the first vintage doesn't always turn out so well. The big-name musicians showed up as promised. The Black Keys, the…
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Music, All Shook Down 5 Music Videos With Hilarious Comedian Cameos

5 Music Videos With Hilarious Comedian Cameos

Ever since Paul Simon put Chevy Chase in the simple (but now-classic) video for 1987's "You Can Call Me Al," and Bobby McFerrin followed suit the following year by bringing Robin Williams into the clip for "Don't Worry, Be Happy", musicians…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 5/4/12: The Black Keys Get Swallowed Up By Oracle Arena

Live Review, 5/4/12: The Black Keys Get Swallowed Up By Oracle Arena

The Black Keys Arctic Monkeys Friday, May 4, 2012 Oracle Arena Better than: The sound of a Guitar Center inside a parking garage. Maybe the Black Keys just aren't an arena band. Sure, the Akron blues-rock outfit sold out…
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Music, Defenders of the Blues: Why We Still Need the Black Keys

Defenders of the Blues: Why We Still Need the Black Keys

White people can't play the blues. Granted, some black people can't play it, either. But most new blues these days is played by white people — talented Austin guitarist Gary Clark, Jr., is one obvious exception — and most blues…
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Calendar, Night&Day Why We Still Need the Black Keys

Why We Still Need the Black Keys

White people can't play the blues. Granted, some black people can't play it, either. But most new blues these days is played by white people — talented Austin guitarist Gary Clark, Jr., is one obvious exception — and most blues…
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Music, All Shook Down The Heartless Bastards Do Not Mean to Antagonize You: Five Things to Know About This Vital Rock Band

The Heartless Bastards Do Not Mean to Antagonize You: Five Things to Know About This Vital Rock Band

Founded in Ohio nearly a decade ago, Heartless Bastards are a bare-bones rock 'n roll band built around the powerful voice and songwriting skills of singer-guitarist Erika Wennerstrom. Though the lineup has changed over the years, their sound remains…
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Music, All Shook Down Hey Dan Auerbach, Here's What Critics Mean When We Talk About the "Death" of Rock 'n' Roll

Hey Dan Auerbach, Here's What Critics Mean When We Talk About the "Death" of Rock 'n' Roll

Earlier this week, in an interview with radio station WGRD of Grand Rapids, Mich., Black Keys frontman and blooze-rawk genius Dan Auerbach offered a strong response to critics and fans who think rock 'n' roll is dead: I think…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

• Noise Pop released more of its 2012 festival lineup, and it's quite good: The Flaming Lips will perform The Soft Bulletin in full, and Bob Mould will play the classic Sugar album Copper Blue. Other additions include Sleigh Bells,…
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Music, All Shook Down Coachella 2012 Lineup: Radiohead, The Black Keys, Dr. Dre and Snoop, Pulp, The Weeknd, and More

Coachella 2012 Lineup: Radiohead, The Black Keys, Dr. Dre and Snoop, Pulp, The Weeknd, and More

See also: * Fauxchella: How to See Your Favorite Coachella Bands Without Leaving S.F. It's here: The lineup for the biggest music festival in the west, Coachella, and the first year in which the festival will span two weekends,…
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Music, All Shook Down The Black Keys' <i>El Camino</i>: A First Listen

The Black Keys' El Camino: A First Listen

No matter what you've read, the Black Keys are as generic as Kings of Leon. The super-successful Brothers was a good record, but didn't escape its own sameyness by the time you're waiting for it to be over. And…
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Music, All Shook Down Outside Lands Day 2: The Black Keys Stare Down a Massive Crowd, Muse Goes Lazer-Crazy, and Even Ed Lee Shows Up

Outside Lands Day 2: The Black Keys Stare Down a Massive Crowd, Muse Goes Lazer-Crazy, and Even Ed Lee Shows Up

Outside Lands 2011 Day 2 August 13, 2011 Golden Gate Park Better than: Getting sodden and soggy at Lollapalooza. Too soon? It was about 6 p.m. on Saturday, and the expansive crowd that had gathered at the Land's End…
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Music, All Shook Down My Top 10 Favorite Albums of 2010, Starring Ty Segall, Flying Lotus, and Some Dude They Call Yeezy

My Top 10 Favorite Albums of 2010, Starring Ty Segall, Flying Lotus, and Some Dude They Call Yeezy

The tussle of 2010, for me, was wrestling with albums that I loved, but which lacked that elusive quality of "importance," and records that felt fresh and ambitious and exciting, but weren't the kind of thing you want to listen…
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Music, All Shook Down Live 105's Not So Silent Night: Smashing Pumpkins, My Chemical Romance, Phoenix, the Black Keys

Live 105's Not So Silent Night: Smashing Pumpkins, My Chemical Romance, Phoenix, the Black Keys

​If the stink of dirty '90s flannel wasn't already wafting off this year in music, hell, it sure is now. Playing next month at Debaser Live 105's Not So Silent Night concert is none other than Smashing Pumpkins -- the…
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Music, All Shook Down How to Succeed in Indie Music? Five Formulas For a Blog-Worthy Band

How to Succeed in Indie Music? Five Formulas For a Blog-Worthy Band

Maybe you won't admit it -- at least to your would-be fans -- but we all know it's the truth. No matter how stunning your lack of ambition may be, no matter how much you say you like sharing a…
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Music, All Shook Down

The Black Keys, Common, N.E.R.D @ NASA Party in Mountain View

There are plenty of space cadets in San Francisco, but Yuri's Night celebrates a man for actually leaving Earth's atmosphere. And it does this with a very Bay Area-style party, combining high technology, creative styling, and a huge dance…
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Music, Reviewed Dan Auerbach

Dan Auerbach

The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach used to make annual pilgrimages to the Mississippi Delta, starting on Nashville's Music Row and detouring west through Memphis, if only to dig through the bins at Shangri-La Records. The Akron native's self-produced and perfectly…
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Music, How to Tell Your Hippies from Your Heshers from the Black Keys

How to Tell Your Hippies from Your Heshers from the Black Keys

Those dang kids have mucked everything up. It used to be easy to separate the hippie bands from the hard rockers, the indie-alternative darlings from the classic dinosaurs, the exploratory jazz trios from the shrieking noise-rockers. Time was, you could…
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Music, All Shook Down Danger Mouse Produces New Black Keys Album, Apparently Never Sleeps

Danger Mouse Produces New Black Keys Album, Apparently Never Sleeps

As if current projects with Gnarls Barkley and Beck weren't enough, Danger Mouse adds The Black Keys to the list. Titled Attack & Release, the Keys' latest effort is produced entirely by the mighty Mouse. Attack & Release comes…
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