Black Keys vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach shows up sans Patrick Carney for his solo debut Keep It Hid. It’s wasn’t too long ago that the duo themselves released their fifth album, Attack & Release Release; in fact, Auerbach wrote a bunch of these new songs while on the road in support of it. Auerbach produced the album by himself in his Akron Analog studio mentioning he “wanted a live, organic sound. Nothing was too plotted or planned, just a lot of spontaneity.” He got what he wanted because he performs most of it (drums, guitar, percussion, and keyboards) minus the occasional guest like his uncle James (not Robert) Quine, who adds vocal harmonies and electric guitar on “Street Walkin,” Jessica Lea Mayfield (vocals on “When the Night Comes”) and Bob Cesare (drums on “Whispered Words”). DA says the collection’s “a mixture of things I like to listen to, psychedelia, soul music, country harmonies.” Lead track “I Want Some More”’s a grimy, bluesy down-and-dirty love/lust song that should go over well with fans of the Black Keys.
You’ll get to see him do it in person, if you so wish: He heads out on tour by his lonesome in February. One of the opening acts, Hacienda, will serve as his backing band.
Keep It Hid is out 2/10 via Nonesuch. The live dates:
02/28 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
03/01 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Club
03/02 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/03 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
03/05 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
03/06 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
03/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
03/10 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
03/11 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
03/13 – San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s
03/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
[Photo by James Quine]