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Stereogum Buzz Chart: Week Of 1/1/12

New year, new feature! Welcome to Rank & File, where we track the week’s biggest people and stories in easily digestible chart-form. We did this because sometimes it’s hard to know what was the biggest story, and it helps to have a scientific and definitive list of these things to keep everyone from arguing i… More »

By: Stereogum / January 5, 2012 - 2:44 pm

Black Keys Pick A Fight With Nickelback

As you can see up top, Black Keys will cover the January 19th issue of Rolling Stone on the strength of their new LP, El Camino, and its critically positive reception. Given that shine, Keys drummer Patrick Carney doesn’t disappoint. An excerpt:

Rock & roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback… More »

By: Corban Goble / January 4, 2012 - 10:44 am

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 Music Videos Of 2011

The Gummy Awards rollout continues today with Your Top 10 Music Videos Of 2011, and while there’s not a lot of surprises here, it’s a strong list capped by a beyond-worthy champion. There’s a little overlap with yesterday’s Top 10 Tracks list, but not a lot, and if you have any reason to complain tha… More »

By: Stereogum / December 13, 2011 - 9:24 am

Watch The Black Keys Do “Gold On The Ceiling” On Letterman

The PR blitz continues! One day after playing the song on The Colbert Report, and a few more after doing it on SNL, the Black Keys stepped onstage at the Late Show With David Letterman to play the amped-up rager “Gold On The Ceiling,” and I’m still nowhere near sick of watching them doing it. More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 8, 2011 - 9:14 am

Watch The Black Keys On Colbert

The Black Keys should already feel comfortable on the Colbert Report stage; they were there earlier this year to clown themselves for having so many damn songs in TV commercials. Last night, they were there for a marginally more dignified reason: To sit for an interview with Colbert and to play a couple of song… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 7, 2011 - 9:26 am

Album Of The Week: The Black Keys El Camino

Album releases slow way down this time of year, and this week’s Album Of The Week was mostly a two-horse race between the Black Keys’ El Camino and the Roots’ undun. That ends up being a pretty interesting race because the two albums work in opposite, almost opposed ways. El Camino is practically a riff-delivery… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 6, 2011 - 4:15 pm

The Black Keys Return To SNL

Some amateur SNL aficionado will have to confirm or deny this, but I’m not sure the show has ever brought in the same musical guest twice in one calendar year before. But the Black Keys came back for their second SNL performance of 2011 this weekend, playing “Lonely Boy” and “Gold On The Ceiling,” two… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 5, 2011 - 9:11 am

The Black Keys El Camino Comment Party

The Black Keys weren’t exactly small potatoes before, but they got absolutely huge with their last album, 2010’s Brothers. And so they deserve credit for cranking out a follow-up without wasting any time and for sticking to the ferocious blues-rock pound that brought them to the table in the first place. Their new El CaminoMore »

By: Tom Breihan / November 30, 2011 - 9:28 am

The Black Keys – “Gold On The Ceiling,” “Little Black Submarines” & “Sister”

You’ve likely already heard “Lonely Boy” and “Run Right Back,” two of the track from the impending Black Keys album El Camino. And right now, the band is streaming those two, plus three more: the hard-stomping “Gold On The Ceiling,” the slow-building “Little Black Submarines,” and the genially chugging “Sister.” Type a few things into… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 29, 2011 - 1:05 pm

Win A Black Keys Prize Package: Epiphone Special II Guitar, Tix To 12/5 NYC Show & Signed El Camino Vinyl

Pay attention to this sweeps, ’cause it only lasts 48 hours. With the Black Keys’ El Camino imminent, today’s cargo on the Stereogum prizewagon is quite the haul. The sweepstakes winner gets an Epiphone Special II Guitar (vintage sunsburst, as selected by the band), two tix to the 12/5 gig in NYC (at a secret… More »

By: Corban Goble / November 29, 2011 - 9:18 am

Ellen Interviews Black Keys Video Dancer

The Black Keys haven’t made a proper video for their fired-up new jam “Lonely Boy” yet, but they did debut the song with a viral video in which some guy absolutely goes to town, dancing and lip-syncing to the track. Ellen DeGeneres is obviously a connoisseur of televised dancing, so she recently interviewed that dancer… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 15, 2011 - 9:37 am

The Black Keys – “Run Right Back”

We’ve already heard “Lonely Boy,” the charged-up new single from the forthcoming Black Keys album El Camino, and we’ve seen its pretty-great viral video. And now they’ve let us hear that single’s B-side, the comparatively subdued bluesy fuzz-growl “Run Right Back.”… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 10, 2011 - 4:03 pm

The 5 Best Video Of The Week

There aren’t too many certainties in life, but here’s one: If you’re a rich, famous, globetrotting superstar DJ and you piss out of your mouth in your music video, that video will end up at the top of this list. There’s just no getting around it.

If, however, you’re the singer for a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 28, 2011 - 3:00 pm

The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”

“Lonely Boy,” the first single from the new Black Keys album El Camino, is a fired-up rager with a surf-inflected central riff and a jumpy, restless organ. It’s a seriously catchy, energetic song, and it’s sounding pretty goddam great on first listen. Last night, the band posted a stream of the song on their YouTube… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 26, 2011 - 9:22 am

Check Out Record Store Day’s Black Friday Release List

One day a year just isn’t enough for the people behind Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent vinyl retailers. So for the second year running, the Record Store Day people have organized another day where all sorts of exclusives will be available at indie record stores, and it’ll once again go down o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 21, 2011 - 11:07 am

Black Keys Announce El Camino Details

While the Foo Fighters made a fake gay porno, the Black Keys decided to keep it a little less racy yesterday with a fake car commercial (starring Bob Odenkirk!) announcing details for their forthcoming El Camino LP. Good call, especially if they’re trying to avoid the whole WBC scene. The album’s tracklist is below. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 11, 2011 - 11:31 am

The Black Keys (And Bob Odenkirk) Announce New Album

The Black Keys, who are incredibly fucking popular right now, are gearing up to release a new album called El Camino on 12/6. This, in and of itself, is good news. But they get extra style points for the way that they’ve announced it. Bob Odenkirk, who has been extremely funny as the skeezy lawyer… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 10, 2011 - 4:40 pm

Bonnaroo 2011 Photos: Saturday

Eminem closed Bonnaroo’s 3rd day, which had kicked off with hip-hop heavy hitters Lil Wayne and Big Boi in the early hours and also hosted Wiz Khalifa in the late afternoon. Buffalo Springfield’s headline set on the Which Stage overlapped with Shady’s, making a joint cover of “He Got Game” an impossibility. Next time! Photographer… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 12, 2011 - 9:20 am

Black Keys Cover Buddy Holly

As you can see from the album art above, the Black Keys are in good company on this tribute CD. The duo covered “(Ummm, Oh Yeah) Dearest” a song that appeared on the Juno soundtrack, and has been featured on a few posthumous Buddy Holly compilations. Check out Black Keys’ easygoing take below:… More »

By: jessica / May 4, 2011 - 4:55 pm

Arcade Fire Win Album Of The Year Grammy

Arcade Fire pulled off the upset of the night (or, at least, left a few people at home upset) by winning the Album Of The Year Grammy last night. Things looked good for the band when it became obvious that they’d be the last performance (nearly every performer went home with awards later in the… More »

By: jessica / February 14, 2011 - 10:31 am