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Get-down nitty-gritty blues

The Black Keys
Turner Hall
Milwaukee, WI
Sept. 5, 2008
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Story by Andrea Jenels
Photos by Joe Hargreaves

Turner Hall stewed with anticipation while waiting for the Ohio-based Blues/Rock duo, The Black Keys, to take the stage Friday night. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney did not disappoint with a thunderous opening on "Same Old Thing", instantaneously setting the veracious tone for the evening. Carney's heart pumping drums backing Auerbach's fuzzy and delightfully distorted stylings on his Gibson Flying-V, is perhaps the best combo the rock world has seen since the arrival of Meg and Jack White.

Dan Auerbach may look like your average Indie hipster in a flannel shirt, jeans, and signature scruffy beard, but make no mistake; this man is as tortured and sincere as any true southern-blooded blues man. Managing to crescendo and decrescendo at just the right times during the songs not only kept the crowd interested, but fevered with excitement while clapping and stomping away to the rhythms. Focusing most of their energy into the songs rather than an elaborate stage show, The Black Keys serve as a reminder that big label fluff just doesn't compare the get-down nitty-gritty blues that shake you right down to the core.

Attack and Release produced by Danger Mouse, Carney and Auerbach's influences such as Zeppelin, ZZ Top, and Muddy Waters shone through creating a thick air of soulful swampy ballads that will leave you more than a little impressed with this duo's genuine musical talents.
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