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Black Keys

"The Black Keys" are a two-man blues-rock group from Akron, Ohio, consisting of singer and guitarist Daniel "Dan" Auerbach and drummer Patrick "Pat" Carney.

They named the band, not as a play on the name of the band The White Stripes, who they had not yet heard of when they named themselves, but from inspiration of a schizophrenic artist friend in Akron, who used the term "black keys" to describe things he disliked or people he did not trust. The band is frequently compared to The White Stripes because they are both two-man bands (vocals, guitar, and drums) which play blues based music that both emerged within a couple of years of each other. The Black Keys have a less pop based sound than The White Stripes, and are more traditional blues based.

They released their first album, ''The Big Come Up'', in 2002, followed by ''Thickfreakness'' in 2003, and ''Rubber Factory'' in 2004. October 2005 saw the release of the DVD ''Live'', recorded live at The Metro Theatre in Sydney, Australia March 18, 2005.

One of their trademarks is their preference for simple recording techniques. They refuse to use big name studios, and do most of the recording, producing, and mixing the...

origin Akron, Ohio United States
years active 2001–present
music genre Blues-rock
current members Dan Auerbach
Patrick Carney
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