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->''"Asking the Black Keys 'Why do you play the blues so good?' would be like asking a cloud 'Why are you fluffy so good?' How the hell is someone supposed to answer that? It's like a Zen koan."''
-->--'''Brian J. Bowe''', ''[[http://www.creemmagazine.com/_site/BeatGoesOn/BlackKeys/ZenAndTheBlues001.html Creem Online]]''

TheBlackKeys are a Grammy-winning BluesRock band hailing from Akron, Ohio. While some of their albums have featured session musicians, the core band consists of only two members - Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums). The band was formed in 2001, and have released the following albums:

* ''The Big Come Up'' (2002)
* ''Thickfreakness'' (2003)
* ''Rubber Factory'' (2004)
* ''Magic Potion'' (2006)
* ''Attack and Release'' (2008)
* ''Brothers'' (2010)
* ''El Camino'' (2011)
* ''Turn Blue'' (2014)

Early in the band's career, much media attention was placed on their raw, minimalistic style (the result of a recording technique euphemistically referred to as "medium-fidelity", described by the band as "equal parts broke-ass shit to equal parts hot-ass shit.") Since ''Attack and Release'', however, their sound has been a bit more expansive, adding more sonic detail while keeping the band's BluesRock sound front and center.
The music video for "Howlin' For You" is so troperrific that it now has [[Music/HowlinForYou its own page]].

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!!TheBlackKeys provide examples of:

* BadToTheBone: Their songs see a ''lot'' of use in movie trailers.
* BadassBeard: Dan.
* BadassBoast: "The Baddest Man Alive", [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as you might guess from the title]], consists of nothing but this and BoastfulRap courtesy of [[Music/WuTangClan RZA]].
* BigRockEnding
* {{Chiaroscuro}}: The front cover of ''The Big Come Up''.
* CoverAlbum: ''Chulahoma: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough''
* CoversAlwaysLie: [[http://flavorwire.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/black-keys.jpg The vehicle]] pictured on the cover of ''El Camino'' is '''''NOT''''' an El Camino.
* CoverVersion: Almost every Black Keys album, save for ''Magic Potion'', ''Attack and Release'', and ''El Camino'', has included at least one cover.
* CreatorBreakdown: ''Brothers''
* EpicRocking: "Weight of Love", the first song from ''Turn Blue'', clocks in at 6:50 and is loaded with guitar solos.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The cover for ''Brothers'' reads, "This is an album by The Black Keys. The name of this album is ''Brothers''." The album's singles follow suit.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Once requested to make a "placeholder video" for "Tighten Up" as a teaser for ''Brothers'', the video director made one where the duo interacted with a puppet T. rex Frank the Funkasaurus, who returned for..
* FanService \ PoolScene: ...their video for "Next Girl".
* GratuitousSpanish:
** In the "Howlin' For You" video, the band is referred to as Las Teclas de Negro.
** ''El Camino''.
* {{Instrumentals}}: "Black Mud," which was nominated for a Grammy.
* InsultBackfire: They infamously decried Music/{{Nickelback}}, but in the process called them "The biggest band in the world." This is not really an insult.
* LongRunnerLineUp: Category 1 (not counting session/tour musicians).
* MinimalisticCoverArt: ''Brothers'' has nothing but text on a black background reading "This is an album by The Black Keys. The name of this album is ''Brothers''."The cover design won a Grammy.
* NerdGlasses: Pat wears them.
* NewSoundAlbum:
** ''Attack and Release'', due largely to the involvement of Music/DangerMouse.
** ''[[BreakthroughHit Brothers]]'' emphasized elements of soul music while rolling back ''Attack And Release's'' psychadelia somewhat.
** With Music/DangerMouse back on board, ''El Camino'' adds backing instruments and backing singers, stretching somewhat away from the GarageRock "drummer-and-guitarist/singer" rock duo sound.
** According to early reviews, ''Turn Blue'' turns back towards PsychedelicRock while also leaning toward RapRock.
* RealTrailerFakeMovie: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLSpj7q6_mM&ob=av3e The video]] for "Music/HowlinForYou"
* RecordProducer: BrianBurton (aka Danger Mouse) produced ''Attack and Release'' and ''El Camino'' as well as "Tighten Up" from ''Brothers''. In recent years, Auerbach has become an in-demand producer himself.
* TheRival: TheWhiteStripes, [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience appropriately enough]]. Another blues-based duo with a name inspired by piano keys.
** Made all the more real when Music/JackWhite's emails leaked in 2013 containing several undiplomatic statements about them.
* SirSwearsALot: Patrick Carney has a really foul mouth, especially when he's trash-talking other people or artists. However, he also seems to do it a lot even when he isn't expressing disdain for anything in particular, so it's definitely not limited to just those situations.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent:
** The video for "10 A.M. Automatic" begins with a Rabbi hosting a scripture show on Ohio Public Access, finishing his point and then casually transitioning to "and now, here's the Black Keys". Pan left to the band already set up on the stage.
** ''Blakroc'' a collaboration between well known hip hop artists and the Black Keys. Released to generally positive reviews.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth

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