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The Black Keys + Modest Mouse

  • Music, Rock and indie
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The Black Keys at the United Center, 3/19/12
Photograph: Max Herman

Time Out says

After a three-year hiatus, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney dutifully come back to the blues-rock well on the duo's new album, Let's Rock. Producer Danger Mouse expanded the act's sonic arsenal at the helm of its past four releases, but the Black Keys handle just about everything (aside from a few backing vocals) on this riff-stuffed record, which seeks to capture the ramshakle charm of the band's early records but frequently gets lost in thick layers of studio gloss. Still, even if the band's latest work leaves something to be desired, there's no arguing with the Black Keys' catalog of arena-ready rockers—and after so long apart from one another, we can almost guarantee that Auerbach and Carney will be feeling nostalgic. Indie rock stalwarts Modest Mouse serve as the evening's opening act.


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