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October 4, 2012
MUSIC Look, rock 'n' roll isn't that hard if you've got a sex drive, two arms and at least a couple of fingers for strumming and fretting. The Black Keys are serious about this, and on their seventh album, "El Camino," prove it with 11 songs about love, lust, greed, desire, helplessness, heartbreak, or some combination thereof. The Akron, Ohio-bred pair - Patrick Carney on drums and Dan Auerbach on guitars and vocals - have for the last decade tapped into the rich, deep well of American roots music and have proved over and over again that they understand the Truth of rock 'n' roll, blues, country and western, and rhythm and blues.
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March 24, 2014 | By August Brown
Two beloved bands have each announced new albums. The Pixies said today that a new record, "Indie Cindy," would compile three recent EPs and singles into a single long-player. The album, produced by longtime collaborator Gil Norton, will be released April 29 on the band's own label, Pixiesmusic, in a variety of formats. "New music seemed like something we just had to do; we just couldn't continue to go out and tour without anything new," drummer David Lovering said in a statement to Rolling Stone . "So the talk evolved into writing and recording, and we're all very happy with the way everything worked out. " The EPs have earned mixed reviews at best.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2014 | By August Brown
Two beloved bands have each announced new albums. The Pixies said today that a new record, "Indie Cindy," would compile three recent EPs and singles into a single long-player. The album, produced by longtime collaborator Gil Norton, will be released April 29 on the band's own label, Pixiesmusic, in a variety of formats. "New music seemed like something we just had to do; we just couldn't continue to go out and tour without anything new," drummer David Lovering said in a statement to Rolling Stone . "So the talk evolved into writing and recording, and we're all very happy with the way everything worked out. " The EPs have earned mixed reviews at best.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Grammy voters love catching up with acts that weren't significantly recognized when they were at their creative peaks, and this year one of those nods went to Led Zeppelin's “Celebration Day,” the live album documenting the surviving members' 2007 reunion in London. Group founders Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were supported by drummer Jason Bonham, filling in for his departed dad, John Bonham, for these shows that retraced the group's history in 17 songs including such cornerstone numbers as “Whole Lotta Love,” “Rock and Roll,” “Black Dog,” “Dazed and Confused” and “Stairway to Heaven.” Fans clamored for a tour in the wake of the acclaimed show, and there continues to be talk of the possibility, but nothing's been confirmed to date.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2012 | By August Brown
If you're a Black Keys fan and you've ever been enticed to order a Meat Lovers' Supreme at Pizza Hut or invest in a storage shed from Home Depot, there might have been a subliminal reason. Each company used songs in commercials that sounded an awful lot like tracks from the Black Keys' smash album "El Camino," namely "Lonely Boy" and "Gold on the Ceiling. " The Black Keys noticed this too, and have reportedly settled the resulting lawsuits around copyright infringement of the band's music.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
The Black Keys honed in on the fundamentals of rock 'n' roll - big guitar riffs, lustful lyrics and a bevy of musical hooks on “El Camino,” which took the Grammy for rock album over Coldplay's “Mylo Xyloto,” Muse's “The 2nd Law,” Bruce Springsteen's “Wrecking Ball” and Jack White's “Blunderbuss.” GRAMMYS 2013: Full coverage | Winners and nominees | Ballot | Nomination snubs & surprises | ...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Robert Pattinson stepped out Sunday evening in Hollywood for a show by rockers the Black Keys. Making a guys' night of it, Pattinson rolled with friends including his "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" costar Rami Malek for the exclusive show, hosted at the Sayers Club by 98.7 FM.  Ducking into a rear entrance close to 9 p.m., Pattinson, in a black baseball cap and jeans, posted up against against a back wall and enjoyed mixed drinks as the band played...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
The Black Keys, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Vampire Weekend top the lineup for the 2013 KROQ Weenie Roast, coming up May 18 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, KROQ officials announced Monday. Tickets go on sale this Friday for the annual indie rock-punk-pop show, which this year also includes Of Monsters and Men, Silversun Pickups, Jimmy Eat World,   Imagine Dragons Awolnation, Atlas Genius, C2C, Fitz & the Tantrums, the Neighbourhood, Capital Cities, New Politics and Twenty One Pilots.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Justin Bieber's getting a bit feisty in his old age, ripping Patrick Carney on Tuesday after the Black Keys drummer told photogs Sunday night that the Biebs didn't deserve a Grammy. "Grammys are for, like, music, not for money ... and he's making a lot of money," Carney told TMZ after being asked how he felt about Bieber's Grammy-nomination snub. "He should be happy. " That didn't exactly make the younger musician happy. PHOTOS: Justin Bieber performs at Staples Center "the black keys drummer should be slapped around haha," Bieber tweeted Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
The Black Keys spent the beginning of last week in New York City, where they played for more than 60,000 people at a massive outdoor concert in Central Park with Neil Young and Foo Fighters. Saturday evening, they ended the week at L.A.'s Staples Center, rounding out a two-night stand sandwiched between similar engagements by Justin Bieber and Madonna. It was a remarkable stretch for an Ohio blues-rock duo that less than a decade ago was making albums in drummer Patrick Carney's cramped Akron basement.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2013 | By August Brown
The two women of Deap Vally are really bummed out by the idea of a walk of shame. You know, the ritualistic morning skulk back home after hooking up with someone you probably won't call again. They're not torn up about the hookup part, though. It's the shame that seems dumb. "We always knew we wanted to write about that idea of a 'Walk of Shame,'" said drummer and co-vocalist Julie Edwards. "It always bugged me, that there's this neurosis that just turns on in your head afterwards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
"Cowboy" Jack Clement, an influential producer, songwriter and engineer who had been revered in country music since the 1950s and was later sought out by rock acts for his creative input, has died. He was 82. Clement died Thursday of liver cancer at his Nashville home, his friend and fellow producer Dub Cornett told the Associated Press. Clement was the first to record Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison. He arranged the signature mariachi horn part for Johnny Cash's original recording of "Ring of Fire," persuaded George Jones to record "She Thinks I Still Care," and produced Waylon Jennings' "Dreaming My Dreams," considered one of the finest albums of the 1970s "outlaw" movement.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Given the volume of music released already in 2013, a half-year update on the best so far is assuredly in order. After all, six months in and already Coachella broke records, Lil Wayne was nearly pronounced dead by the press, the Rolling Stones have come and gone, Azaelea Banks still hasn't released her debut, LL Cool J and Brad Paisley have attempted to solve the problem of race in America, a bunch of Frenchmen have stormed the charts, Beyoncé has...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
The Rolling Stones rolled into Staples Center on Monday night for what Mick Jagger described as the band's last show in Southern California -- “for a while, anyway.” Following an earlier Staples gig, two at Anaheim's Honda Center and a warm-up throwdown at the Echoplex, Monday's 2½-hour concert concluded the group's extended stay in the region Jagger said he and his mates had been visiting since 1965. They're off next to the East Coast, where they'll continue their so-called 50 & Counting tour before returning home to England for a headlining appearance at the massive Glastonbury Festival.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2013 | By August Brown
A note from Pop & Hiss writer August Brown: My assignment to review KROQ's Weenie Roast 2013 coincided with a visit to L.A. from my mom, Helen Balz Brown, who previously wrote a counterpoint to my review of Power 106-FM's Powerhouse in 2009 . She's but a final thesis project away from a master's in journalism from the University of South Carolina. (It was due in 1974). Her review of Weenie Roast, commissioned by music editor Lorraine Ali, is the second in a recurring series.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
As Times pop music critic Randall Roberts reported in his review , Gwen Stefani and Keith Urban made surprise appearances during the Rolling Stones' show Friday night at Staples Center, where the legendary English band kicked off a new North American tour scheduled to run through June 21. On Sunday night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, the Stones brought out another famous pal in Tom Waits, who lives in nearby Sonoma County and dueted with...
NEWS
April 10, 2003 | Dean Kuipers, Special to the Times
The Black Keys' singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach came in quoting the industrial-strength lead from Funkadelic's "Super Stupid" Tuesday at Spaceland and went out on an acid version of the Stooges' "No Fun." In between was an hour of overdriven blues-funk transcendence.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Grammy voters love catching up with acts that weren't significantly recognized when they were at their creative peaks, and this year one of those nods went to Led Zeppelin's “Celebration Day,” the live album documenting the surviving members' 2007 reunion in London. Group founders Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were supported by drummer Jason Bonham, filling in for his departed dad, John Bonham, for these shows that retraced the group's history in 17 songs including such cornerstone numbers as “Whole Lotta Love,” “Rock and Roll,” “Black Dog,” “Dazed and Confused” and “Stairway to Heaven.” Fans clamored for a tour in the wake of the acclaimed show, and there continues to be talk of the possibility, but nothing's been confirmed to date.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
As you may have heard, the Rolling Stones took over L.A.'s relatively tiny Echoplex on Saturday night for a much-buzzed warm-up gig in advance of the band's North American arena tour, which is to kick off Friday at Staples Center. But the Stones weren't the only English rock veterans returning to their club roots last week: On Thursday, Rod Stewart played an invite-only show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, previewing new tunes from his upcoming album and delivering old hits such as "Forever Young" and "Rhythm of My Heart.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
The Black Keys, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Vampire Weekend top the lineup for the 2013 KROQ Weenie Roast, coming up May 18 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, KROQ officials announced Monday. Tickets go on sale this Friday for the annual indie rock-punk-pop show, which this year also includes Of Monsters and Men, Silversun Pickups, Jimmy Eat World,   Imagine Dragons Awolnation, Atlas Genius, C2C, Fitz & the Tantrums, the Neighbourhood, Capital Cities, New Politics and Twenty One Pilots.
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