The Black Keys


Feeling heartsick from love's tumult, sweating bullets in the middle of the night, drinking lightning from a corn liquor bottle, sitting in a room whose walls are so blue they look black, digging into the joy-and-pain double helix of existence and finding heavy soul, kicking out a blues rock rumpus in search of salvation...this is the electrifying world of The Black Keys and their sophomore album thickfreakness.

2002 was a heckuva year for The Black Keys (Dan Auerbach, vocals and guitar; Patrick Carney, drums and production). The true-school two-piece came roaring straight of out Akron, Ohio with a debut album The Big Come-Up on the tiny Alive label that garnered barely-contained raves in Rolling Stone, Spin, The Village Voice and MOJO. One listen to The Big Come Up -- a startling raw slab of juke-joint blues -- validated the band's rapid ascent from playing for no money on the bottom of the bill at Cleveland's Beachland Tavern to selling out blistering headline dates and being invited to open for the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and (on New Year's Eve) elder Ohio statesmen Guided By Voices.

With all the righteous acclaim, the band was inevitably enticed by big league offers like so many glasses of carrot juice dangled at the end of an electric cattle prod. But after the results of a trial session in a swank California recording studio proved thoroughly unsatisfying, the band hooked up with Fat Possum Records and reconnoitered back in Akron to craft their Fat Possum debut. Descending to the dank cellar of Carney's Minimum Wage Studio, the pair dove into 14 straight hours of recording. With no one else in the studio, and Carney dashing back and forth between his drumkit and the mixing board, the two-man immersion tank/musical incubator came alive. "Nothing like being in your own basement surrounded by your own garbage," says Carney (who incidentally is the nephew of Tom Waits' longtime sax sideman Ralph Carney).


The Black Keys Win 3 Grammys


Born of the Fat Possum's pouch, the Black Keys pouch-time has now paid off in the form of 3 Grammys.  The Black Keys have been out the pouch an'on their own some time now, successfully scampering around the world and into people hearin'holes.  Not the most important hole, but a hole nevertheless.  Possum loves holes.  In proud celebration of our pouch-fruit, we're offering all of their Fat Possum albums for a limited time at the down-low price of $8 for their CD's and LP's.  You can buy their albums in digital MP3 format from for a low-down $6.99.  Now git it!

Their Fat Possum Albums are only $8 on CD & LP during the month of February

Grammy Awards:
  "Brothers" - Best Alternative Music Album

  "Brothers" - Best Recording Package (Michael Carney)
  "Tighten Up" - Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals


Newest Release

On Tour Now

  • 2 Apr
    Brisbane, Australia
  • 3 Apr
    Byron Bay, Australia
  • 5 Apr
    Rolling Green At Rochford
    Yarra Valley, Australia
  • 7 Apr
    Margaret Court Arena
    Melbourne, Australia
  • 10 Apr
    Qantas Credit Union Arena
    Sydney, Australia
  • 11 Apr
    Rolling Green at Bimbadgen Winery
    Hunter Valley, Australia
  • 14 Apr
    Red Hill Auditorium
    Perth, Australia
  • 16 Apr
    Entertainment Centre Adelaide
    Adelaide, Australia
  • 18 Apr
    Horncastle Arena
    Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 19 Apr
    Vector Arena
    Auckland, New Zealand
  • 22 Apr
    Studio Coast
    Tokyo, Japan
  • 23 Apr
    Studio Coast
    Tokyo, Japan
  • 30 May
    Rockwave Festival
    Athens, Greece
  • 6 Jun
    Mountain Jam Festival
    Hunter , NY
  • 7 Jun
    Governors Ball
    New York, NY
  • 12 Jun
    Isle of Wright Festival
    Isle of Wright, United Kingdom
  • 14 Jun
    Northside Festival
    Aarhus, Denmark