June 2, 2004
JUNE IS Black Music Month and . . . Huh? Black Music Month? Isn't every month Black Music Month? Well . . . er . . . no. You see... Come on. Sure seems that way. Every time you turn on the TV or radio, you see or hear Beyonce or Kanye West or OutKast. That guy Usher, you know, the one who dances like Michael Jackson, his record is big. Two of the three "American Idols" have been black. Blacks are all over the music scene, and you need a month to recognize that? Look, African American Music Month, now Black Music Month, was created 26 years ago by broadcast exec Ed Wright and Philly's own Kenny Gamble to honor, support and advance black music.
September 23, 2014 |
No wonder Jack White hates the Black Keys. Just like the White Stripes, the duo White used to play in with his drumming ex-wife, Meg, the Black Keys are a rock tandem formed around the turn of the millennium with the cojones to attempt to build a mass audience in a hip-hop-pop-country-electro world the hopelessly old-fashioned way: by playing the blues. The Black Keys - guitarist-singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney, Akron, Ohio, natives who, like White (who has frequently disparaged them publicly)
February 11, 2013 |
British folk-rock band Mumford & Sons, blues-rock duo the Black Keys, and the pop band fun. won big at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, where no single act emerged as a dominant force. Mumford & Sons won album of the year for its strummy sophomore release, Babel . Fun. took home best new artist and song, for "We Are Young," its collaboration with Janelle Monáe. The Belgian-Australian singer Gotye and R&B singer Frank Ocean were also significant winners at the 55th annual Grammys, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
November 14, 2005 |
Any time you think of "The Black Keys," you also think of "The White Stripes. " It's only natural. Both are Midwestern minimalist garage-blues bands with just two members. Both have a theatrical flair, despite their spare, raw style. Both have a front man with a mop of messy hair. Yet, when Akron's dirtballish Black Keys - guitarist/singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney - sold out the TLA Friday night, they showed off stripes lovelier than the Whites. Standing before a glittering curtain, the duo kicked immediately into primal, wild abandon.
May 19, 2008 |
While the Akron, Ohio, duo the Black Keys are often labeled minimalists, because of their bare-bones guitar and drums lineup, the truth is their sound is anything but minimal. Reveling in their Rust Belt roots, the band takes a blue-collar approach to blues rock, hard-driving and no-nonsense. For Friday's sold-out show at the Electric Factory, guitarist Dan Auerbach dressed in a gas-station mechanic's work shirt and performed in front of an enormous inflatable tire, in tribute to their hometown's once-thriving rubber industry.
March 12, 2012 |
Given the expansive economies of the '90s, it was no wonder that stripped-down, gutbucket guitar-and-drum duos such as Flat Duo Jets and Doo Rag couldn't get arrested, their minimalist roots-rock exiled to the subbasements of the indie concert circuit and the privileged ghetto of college radio. But in this age of austerity, when everyone is doing more with less, it is stripped-down, gutbucket guitar-and-drum duos such as The White Stripes and, more recently, The Black Keys, that have made some of the most seminal and commercially viable music.
December 7, 2011
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (11 p.m., COM) - Ralph Fiennes. Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Michael Moore; comic Sean Patton. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Jessica Biel; Tom Dreesen; The Black Keys perform. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m. NBC10) - Lea Michele; Adam Carolla; Neil Diamond performs.
February 11, 2013
Partial list of winners at Sunday's 55th annual Grammy Awards Record of the Year: "Somebody That I Used to Know" Gotye, featuring Kimbra Album of the Year: Babel Mumford & Sons Song of the Year: "We Are Young" fun., featuring Janelle Monáe Best New Artist: Fun. Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Gotye, featuring Kimbra "Somebody That I Used to Know" Best Pop Solo Performance: Adele "Set Fire to the Rain (Live)"...
January 8, 2015 |
AC/DC , Jack White and Drake will headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April. The fest also will include Interpol , David Guetta and Florence + the Machine . It takes place in a desert in Indio, Calif., and there will be numerous photos of stars dressed like hippies. AC/DC, which released a new album last month, will headline on April 10 and 17. White will perform on April 11 and 18. Drake takes the stage on April 12 and 19. Tickets go on sale today.
August 18, 2013 |
Sometimes a unique voice - a boldly odd and enticing tone - comes along and yanks the most jaded listeners from their bubble of indifference. Think of the first time you heard Billie Holiday, Antony, Nina Simone, or Bob Dylan, voices that were/are captivating beyond the notion of being merely pleasurable. Count Tennessee-born Valerie June among those vocalists, with a creaking, emotive sound blending Dinah Washington's shushing jazz inflections and Dolly Parton's high nasal whine into an extravagantly funky chatter.