The Black Keys returned to Denver last night and took over the Pepsi Center for an hour of pop-infused rock and blues. The Black Keys have rocketed from playing small clubs to playing arenas in the past couple of years, mostly driven by the highly deserved success of their 2010 album Brothers. There's a lot to be said about where they fit into the music landscape today and what it means when a band that's been under the radar for so long suddenly sells out arenas, especially in today's fractured industry. The band itself can even serve as a case-study for what is or isn't cool.
Jim Louvau for New Times. More here. The Black Keys play in Phoenix earlier this week.
But when the duo gets going, when they're really in the groove and playing with the kind of force only possible in those rare moments when music becomes some kind of truth, none of that matters. So instead, here are seven thoughts we had while watching Patrick Carney pound the drums and Dan Auerbach wield the guitar and croon about past and future loves.
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