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May 13, 2008 Hear the riff-rock duo perform a live show from Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club.

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November 5, 2006 The Black Angels and The Black Keys make raw, fuzz-filled riff-rock.

Studio Sessions

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September 2, 2013 The road-tested, Grammy-approved electric blues and roots duo puts its signature power on display.

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September 3, 2010 From Dan Auerbach's home studio, the band performs songs from the soulful Brothers.

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April 27, 2009 Authentic, blunt and powerful: The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach looks inward on his first solo album.

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April 9, 2009 The guitarist and vocalist for The Black Keys plays an intimate two-song set at WFUV.

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May 23, 2008 With Danger Mouse behind the duo, the band takes its minimalist sound to a new dimension.

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April 18, 2007 The prolific duo tinkers with its sound constantly and records on dated tape tracks.

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Interviews & Profiles

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney release El Camino, their latest album as The Black Keys, on Dec. 6.

December 4, 2011 For the blues-rock band, getting the sound it wants on record often means embracing imperfections.

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January 31, 2011 The band joins Terry Gross for a discussion of its album Brothers and the notion of "selling out."

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November 27, 2009 What happens when The Black Keys steps into a studio with 11 artists from the hip-hop world?

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April 18, 2007 The prolific duo tinkers with its sound constantly and records on dated tape tracks.

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November 24, 2006 The Akron, Ohio, duo say they prefer their music sloppy and primitive.

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Discover Songs

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June 29, 2010 See the Top 20 albums of the year to date, as selected by NPR listeners.

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May 9, 2010 Hear the titanic blues-rock duo's new sixth album in its entirety until its release on May 18.

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April 6, 2010 Hear sneak previews of new music from The Black Keys, New Pornographers, Stars and more.

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September 21, 2009 Now on All Songs Considered: previews of some of the fall's most anticipated releases.

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February 2, 2009 On All Songs Considered: The Decemberists, Dan Deacon, Buddy Holly, more.

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December 15, 2008 See and hear what NPR listeners picked as the best albums of 2008.

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April 24, 2008 New music from Elf Power, Gnarls Barkley, Circulatory System, Tim Fite, Laura Gibson, More.

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September 7, 2006 The Black Keys' music can optimistically be described as mid-fi.

News

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November 27, 2009 What happens when The Black Keys steps into a studio with 11 artists from the hip-hop world?

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Reviews

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney released El Camino, their latest album as The Black Keys, earlier this week.

December 8, 2011 Ken Tucker says The Black Keys' new album reaches out beyond the band's typical audience.

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T. Rex's 'Electric Warrior.'

September 28, 2010 All Songs Considered intern Sarah Ventre hears T. Rex's Electric Warrior for the first time.

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February 2, 2009 On All Songs Considered: The Decemberists, Dan Deacon, Buddy Holly, more.

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December 15, 2008 See and hear what NPR listeners picked as the best albums of 2008.

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April 1, 2008 Blender's Elizabeth Goodman discusses albums released this week by R.E.M. and The Black Keys.

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September 7, 2006 The Black Keys' music can optimistically be described as mid-fi.

More Stories

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June 3, 2007 College dropouts who make good on a retro throwback to the blues-rock of Jimi Hendrix.

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December 20, 2004 The rock critic offers his top pop picks, his top 10 albums and notes the year's musical trends.

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December 4, 2006 From NPR station WXPN, host David Dye chooses his favorite albums of 2006.

Clockwise from upper left: The Black Keys, Tiny Ruins, Winged Victory For The Sullen, Dylan Shearer

March 25, 2014 Hear brand new cuts from The Black Keys and Swans, plus our latest musical discoveries.

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Clockwise from top left: Jonsi, Drake, Olof Arnalds, The Black Keys, The Antlers.

November 15, 2011 This week, artists who stayed mum for most of 2011 come out of the woodwork.

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Rave On Buddy Holly, a tribute to the rock 'n' roll pioneer, features Holly covers by Paul McCartney, The Black Keys, Patti Smith and many more. The album comes out June 28.

June 19, 2011 Hear Holly covers by Paul McCartney, Fiona Apple, Cee Lo, The Black Keys, Patti Smith and many more.

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December 1, 2010 The list of our 50 favorite albums of the year includes Arcade Fire and more artists from A to B.

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May 13, 2010 Preview the unreleased material as musicians expound on the album's lasting influence.

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Music and news from the Sri Lanka-born hip-hop artist and producer.

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