Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Key to Success

Originally from Akron, Ohio, this good ol' American blues/rock duo was formed almost 10 years ago and has since rendered eight studio releases. Their past two albums, Attack & Release and Brothers, yielded some undeniable hits for the pair and ascended The Black Keys to contender status.

With their countless commercial successes -- including song features on "Big Love," "Lie to Me," "One Tree Hill," "Entourage," "Sons of Anarchy," "Hung," The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, promos for "Gossip Girl" and "Dexter," and even a Lee's jeans commercial -- I'll bet that you know the Black Keys and you just don't realize it.

If you're looking for a sound reference, their indie, almost amateur garage sound is often compared to another successful rock duo- The White Stripes. Ultimately, though, it's hard to find a sound comparable to that of Dan and Patrick. My top 5? "Your Touch", "Tighten Up," "Strange Times," "Next Girl" and "The Only One."

Thanks, LM.