NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When the Black Keys last played a festival together in 2015, there was no grand plan to go an indefinite hiatus. They just stopped booking shows and they went home to...
The Black Keys, "Let's Rock" (Nonesuch/Easy Eye Sound)
The Black Keys are back with a return to their roots. And just in case their opening song doesn't make that clear enough, the album's...
NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Branch and Patrick Carney of the Black Keys are married.
The Grammy-winning musicians tied the knot Saturday at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans in front of...
Cage the Elephant, "Social Cues" (RCA)
The new Cage the Elephant album begins with a spacy, otherworldly hum that's interrupted by some throbbing, insistent knocking. That leads to some...
Yola, "Walk Through Fire" (Easy Eye Sound)
Yola's "Walk Through Fire" is a scrumptious period piece of an album, its strings, harpsichords, steel guitars, electric pianos and harmoniums...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Musician, singer-songwriter and producer Richard Swift, who has been in bands such as The Shins, The Arcs and The Black Keys, has died. He was 41.
A representative for Swift said he died Tuesday morning in Tacoma, Washington. A GoFundMe account for Swift set up earlier in June said he was hospitalized due to a serious medical condition.
Shannon Shaw, "Shannon in Nashville" (Easy Eye Sound)
She may have smashed a few herself, but judging by her first solo album, Shannon Shaw has had her heart broken in 17 places. At least.
The singer and bass player has teamed up again with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, who also produced "Onion," the recently released fifth album by Shannon & the Clams — Shaw's band that combines and updates sounds mostly from the '50s and '60s.
Robert Finley, "Goin' Platinum!" (Easy Eye Sound)
History repeating, Robert Finley is another exceptional blues and soul musician getting well-deserved attention at an age when talent contests aren't likely to consider him, whether it's his hair that's gone platinum or his new album, "Goin' Platinum!"
Which is a real pity, since the 64-year-old, Louisiana native is a gem of a singer — both rough and refined — who lends instant credibility to any song.
Auerbach calls Nashville his ‘Field of Dreams’
Black Keys’ Auerbach unites music legends
NEW YORK (AP) — The recording of Dan Auerbach's new solo album was so magical he wanted to film the process, which included him collaborating with some of the most veteran session musicians of all time.
But Auerbach also felt that he needed to keep his recipe safe.
"We filmed it, but I didn't like it. I mean, I don't like to give up my secret sauce. But at the same time, it felt so special, I wanted to document it," Auerbach said in a recent interview.
May 14: Movie director-producer George Lucas is 73. Actress Meg Foster ("Cagney and Lacey") is 69. Director Robert Zemeckis is 66. Musician David Byrne (Talking Heads) is 65. Actor Tim Roth is 56. Guitarist C.C. DeVille of Poison is 55. Singer Ian Astbury of The Cult is 55. Musician Fabrice Morvan of Milli Vanilli is 51. Bassist Mike Inez of Alice In Chains is 51. Actress Cate Blanchett is 48. Singer Danny Wood of New Kids On The Block is 48. Director Sofia Coppola ("Lost In Translation") is 46. Actor Gabriel Mann ("Revenge") is 45. Singer Natalie Appleton of All Saints is 44. Singer Shanice is 44. Actress Carla Jimenez ("Growing Up Fisher") is 43. Guitarist Henry Garza of Los Lonely Boys is 39. Singer Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show is 39. Singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys is 38. Bassist Mike Retondo of Plain White T's is 36. Actress Amber Tamblyn ("Two and a Half Men," ''Joan of Arcadia") is 34. Actress Miranda Cosgrove ("iCarly") is 24.
The Pretenders, "Alone" (BMG)
Chrissie Hynde reverts to her Pretenders moniker on "Alone," a soulful production helmed by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and starring her tough-as-nails vulnerability.
Hynde's wonderful voice, one of rock's best, can weaken knees even by reading a phone book. While the album sports all kinds of modern-retro sounds, her vocals propel the fast ones and elevate the ballads with her usual empathy and authority.