The Black Keys are Back


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The Black Keys performing at Coachella in 2012.

After their four-year hiatus, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney of the Black Keys are finally back and better than ever.

The world’s last glimpse at rock-blues hit-making duo was in 2015 when their Turn Blue album tour finished, leaving three grammy nominations behind. Before then, Auerbach and Carney worked tirelessly, producing nine albums and touring for the better part of twelve years. After these incredibly strenuous years, the duo took it easy for some time.

Both Auerbach and Carney accomplished projects here and there after 2015, with Auerbach leading in production of content. He began working with The Arcs, an American garage rock band, in 2015. With The Arcs, he produced the album Yours, Dreamily, and kicked off his solo career with the fairly successful Waiting on a Song in 2017.

Pat Carney, on the other hand, took on more of a back-seat-driver approach, occasionally doing projects during Auerbach’s hiatus. Carney produced tracks and albums for many artists, as well as composing the theme song to a fan-favorite Netflix original animated series, Bojack Horseman.

Sophomore Jake Oletsky said of the theme song, “It’s this haunting saxophone that’s still upbeat, but you can tell that there’s drama and depth to it.”

Fans grew anxious upon the arrival of the next piece from the Akron-based duo. Some even feared that the hiatus was a breakup, and that they would never see the beloved group again.

Then, one day, without prior indication of anything coming from the duo, an announcement from the Black Keys official Instagram account filled the Instagram feeds of hundreds of thousands fans across the country and around the world. They released an electric new single, “Lo/Hi” and it spread like wildfire. The announcement came as a delightful surprise to many.

Auerbach and Carney followed the release of their song by announcing their “Let’s Rock” tour on March 13, accompanied by another act, Modest Mouse. Even better, they are coming to Sunrise, Florida on November 5, 2019. 

Senior and long-time fan of the group, Mikey Saltzman said of the single and of their upcoming North American tour, “The new Black Keys song is so electric. Dan Auerbach is a musical genius, so whatever he does is always really interesting. It was a very fun song to listen to.”

Any fan of the band can find their groove in this new single by the talented and resurrected Black Keys.

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