Akron’s own Black Keys returning to The Q, with Modest Mouse in tow

It’s still amazing to me that two guys from Akron, whose band, The Black Keys, offers what is, for the most part, straight-ahead, if highly addictive rock, can headline arenas.

I mean, I saw singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney absolutely pack Agora Cleveland years ago for a blistering show, but while the Agora isn’t some tiny club, it isn’t Quicken Loans Arena, either.

ABOVE: Patrick Carney of The Black Keys performs at the Isle of Wight Festival on Friday, June 12, 2015 in Newport, Isle of Wight, England. TOP: Band mate Can Auerbach performs at the same gig. (Associated Press photos)

In September 2014, a tour brought them  to The Q for a 22-song set, and they’ll return to the venue for a show almost exactly five years later on Sept. 30 that’s part of the 31-date “Let’s Rock “ tour.

A news release from concert promoter Live Nation catches us up on The Black Keys:

The Black Keys recently debuted the new song “Lo/Hi” (Nonesuch Records), the first new music from the band since their 2014 album, Turn Blue. Listen here. “Lo/Hi” was written and produced by Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, and recorded at Nashville’s Easy Eye Sound studio. Rolling Stone named the track a “Song You Need to Know” and said, “the Keys have officially returned, louder than ever” and the New York Times calls the song “the kind of garage-boogie stomp that the band never left behind.” Additionally, GQ magazine included “Lo/Hi” in its list of Songs You Need to Hear This Week and called it “a snarling and immediate little slice of heaven from the Ohio rock stars.”

I agree — “Lo/Hi” is a pretty killer track, one with some teeth. It’s terrifically produced, the various elements screaming from your speakers to create rock bliss.

A bit more on the act’s history from the release:

Formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001, The Black Keys have released eight studio albums: their debut The Big Come Up (2002), followed by Thickfreakness (2003) and Rubber Factory (2004), along with their releases on Nonesuch Records, Magic Potion (2006), Attack & Release (2008), Brothers (2010), El Camino (2011), and, most recently, Turn Blue (2014). The band has won six Grammy Awards and headlined festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Governors Ball.

The Black Keys are enough to sell the arena show, but it doesn’t hurt to have alt-rock staple Modest Mouse along for the whole ride. I don’t love everything the band has put out, but I never tire of several songs, including “Dashboard.”

Getting tickets for the show is a little complicated, so I’ll turn back to the news release for the details:

Tickets for all dates go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 22 at 10 AM local time here. … To ensure tickets get into the hands of fans and not scalpers or bots, the tour has partnered with Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan® platform. Fans can register now through Sunday, March 17 at 10 p.m. HERE for the Verified Fan presale. Registered fans who receive a code will have access to purchase tickets before the general public on Tuesday, March 19 at 10 a.m. local time through Thursday, March 21 at 10 p.m. local time. … Additionally, Citi is the official presale credit card of The Black Keys – “Let’s Rock” Tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Tuesday, March 19 at 11 a.m. local time until Thursday, March 21 at 10 p.m. local time through Citi’s Private Pass program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.


Mark Meszoros can’t decide if his fave Black Keys song is “Howlin’ for You” (probably) or “Set You Free” (but maybe?). Follow Him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros.

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