The Black Keys

Side note: I won a Rock Kills Kid CD in the fun contest that Chris is having over at Culture Bully. It’s still going on — it goes till the end of September — so if you like that wacky indie music, you can go join in.

We now return to our regular broadcast.

The Black Keys’ve somehow created a stadium sound in my headphones, and if you add in the bluesy vocals and the bangin’ drums, you have music that hearkens back to the days when music was more than just how many people could be in the band and whether bandmembers are wearing wings or singing about the Napoleonic era. This music is strong and black, like coffee you could stand a spoon in.

They’re part Lenny Kravitz, part Stevie Ray Vaughn, part Black Crowes, and all rock spectacle — when I hear the sweet fuzzy guitar on “Your Touch,” I start thinking that Dan Auerbach is gonna belt out, “are you gonna go my way???” (Though he could likely not match the visual hotness of La Kravitz.) It’s music you could describe as “righteous,” or “awesome,” or maybe by doing that air guitar á la “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.”

“Magic Potion” is the new album, and they’re touring the East coast, so check it out. Highly recommended.

The Black Keys – Site | Myspace

[These tracks have been removed. You can contact me if you’d like a copy.]

The Black Keys – Your Touch
The Black Keys – 10 AM Automatic
The Black Keys – Strange Desire