Black Keys Venture On The Road In Support of Rubber Factory

Akron, Ohio-based rock duo the Black Keys will spend the bulk of the fall on the road in support of their third studio album, “Rubber Factory,” due Sept. 7 via Fat Possum/Epitaph. North American dates begin Saturday (Sept. 4) at Seattle’s Bumbershoot festival and run through an Oct. 9-10 stand in Cleveland, just north of the pair’s hometown.

After a two-week break, the Keys will cross the Atlantic for 12 dates in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Spain. “Rubber Factory” is led by the single “10 A.M. Automatic,” a video for which was recently conceived and directed by comedian David Cross.

The set is the follow-up to 2003’s “Thickfreakness,” which crept onto Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart at No. 50. “Last time, we had a bunch of songs we’d been playing and we knew exactly what we were going to do,” vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach told in May. “This time, we went in with basically nothing. I’d written a lot of songs and had worked stuff out on my own, but me and [drummer] Patrick [Carney] hadn’t played anything together. It took us a couple months to get it all working right.”

Here are the Black Keys’ tour dates:

Sept. 4: Seattle (Bumbershoot Festival)

Sept. 7: Portland, Ore. (Aladdin Theater)

Sept. 10: Hollywood, Calif. (Avalon)

Sept. 11: San Diego (Brick by Brick)

Sept. 12: Phoenix (Mason Jar)

Sept. 15: Denver (Gothic Theatre)

Sept. 16: Omaha, Neb. (Sokol Underground)

Sept. 17: Lawrence, Kan. (Granada)

Sept. 18: Columbia, Mo. (Mojo’s)

Sept. 21: Minneapolis (First Avenue)

Sept. 23: Milwaukee (Mad Planet)

Sept. 24: Chicago (Metro)

Sept. 28: Toronto (Lee’s Palace)

Oct. 1: Boston (Paradise)

Oct. 2-3: New York (Bowery Ballroom)

Oct. 6: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)

Oct. 7: Pittsburgh (the World)

Oct. 8: Columbus, Ohio (Newport Music Hall)

Oct. 9-10: Cleveland (Beachland Ballroom)

Oct. 26: London (Scala)

Oct. 27: Bristol, England (Anson Rooms)

Oct. 29: Glasgow (Garage)

Oct. 30: Leeds, England (Cockpit)

Oct. 31: Manchester, England (Academy 2)

Nov. 1: Wolverhampton, England (Wulfren Hall)

Nov. 3: Brussels (AB Club)

Nov. 4: Evreux, France (MJC)

Nov. 5: Paris (La Boule Noir)

Nov. 7: Bordeaux, France (Le Cat)

Nov. 9: Bilbao, Spain (Azkena)

Nov. 11: Barcelona (Razzmatazz 3)


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