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The Black Keys Turn Up The Heat

The Black Keys at the Kool Haus
The Black Keys
Kool Haus in Toronto, Ontario
August 3, 2010

Review by: Sean McNamara
Photos by: Amanda Fotes

The Black Keys reign supreme in an extremely hot Kool Haus, resulting in sweaty joy for all.

The Black Keys

On a hot and humid summer's eve at the Kool Haus, Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums) hit the stage to a full house of adoring fans, both old and new. The bands newest album Brothers is on everyone's "Best Of The Year So Far" lists, and has been widely received as one of their best efforts. After taking the stage to a roar of applause, the band rips right into a few of their older, blues heavy stompers including "Thickfreakness", and "10 A.M. Automatic". Their energy and passion is second to none, and singer Dan stops to thank everyone for showing up and introduce his drummer Patrick then rip right into riff-heavy crowd favourite "Stack Shot Billy". The crowd was pulsating at this point, and trying not to pass out in the sweltering heat, so as to enjoy what was yet to come from this amazing band.

The Black Keys then delved into their more recent material, playing the hit single "Strange Times" from their last album Attack and Release, and even showed their soulful side with "Everlasting Light", which included Dan Auerbach singing in falsetto. Then in a sort of surprising move, especially to fans who have known the band for years, two more musicians were brought on stage to play bass and keboard, which gave the newer songs a bit more depth and gave the fans ear drums a break from the bashing drums and wailing guitar (although I would not complain if that continued forever).

The crowd erupted when the whistling intro for "Tighten Up" began, which was followed by "Ten Cent Pistol". It was noticeable that having two other musicians on stage could let Dan Auerbach focus more on some killer guitar solos, which was nice to see since he usually has to keep it short and quick so the song can continue. However, when the 2 original Black Keys were left to their own devices at the end of the show, the sweat-soaked yet eager to hear more crowd was treated to rip-roaring blues-heavy classics like "Your Touch". "I Got Mine" and the always amazing "Till I get My Way".

To be honest, I am more of an old-school fan of The Black Keys, however seeing the new material played live showed me that they are extremely talented musicians, who are devoted to pleasing each and every fan who took the time and spent their hard-earned money to come out and see them. This show was easily my best of the year so far, and if any of you have not seen this band live do what you can to make sure you check them out.

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