While the bulk of the album is Dawson with her guitar, behind each song there hides conspicuous piano notes, drowsy whistlers, lonely drums, and drunk violins.
On the recently released If Never Was Enough, the quintet exudes Zepplin-esque bravado in exorcising its rock and roll demons.
Beyond top 40 radio spinning Rihanna every half hour, there is another realm of music waiting to be snatched up. This summer, turn off the radio and plug into a couple of internet music blogs and webzines to unearth gems from these engrossing performers and to conceive an indie soundtrack to the season.
Akron, Ohio-based rock duo the Black Keys will kick off a fall tour Sept. 6 in Seattle. A European run is sandwiched between two North American legs, which will find the group headlining its biggest venues in such cities as New York (the 2,100-capacity Nokia Theatre) and Philadelphia (the similarly sized Electric Factory).
Having just completed a six-date swing opening for Radiohead, the Black Keys will be touring in support of their fourth studio album, “Magic Potion,” due Sept. 12 as the first in a new deal with Nonesuch.
Whereas 2004’s “Rubber Factory” was named after the converted facility in downtown Akron where it was recorded, the new album was put to tape in drummer Patrick Carney’s home studio. There are plenty of showcases for the duo’s punchy riff-driven interplay, including “Your Touch,” “Give Your Heart Away” and “Modern Times.” But the group also delves into the slower side of the blues on “You’re the One” and the simmering “The Flame,” where frontman Dan Auerbach pleads, “This time I can’t go back / When a heart gets broken as many times / It’s easy to lose track.”
Here are the Black Keys’ tour dates:
Sept. 6: Seattle (Showbox)
Sept. 7: Portland, Ore. (Roseland Theatre)
Sept. 9: San Francisco (Fillmore)
Sept. 13: Los Angeles (Troubadour)
Sept. 14: Hollywood, Calif. (Avalon)
Sept. 15: San Diego (House of Blues)
Sept. 16: Tempe, Ariz. (Marquee Theatre)
Sept. 23: Berlin (Wuhlheide)
Sept. 25: Dublin (Ireland Music Centre)
Sept. 26: Glasgow (ABC)
Sept. 27: Newcastle, England (Northumbria University)
Sept. 28: Leeds, England (Cockpit)
Sept. 30: Birmingham, England (Academy)
Oct. 1: Bristol, England (Bristol University)
Oct. 2: Manchester, England (Manchester University)
Oct. 4: London (Forum)
Oct. 5: Paris (Trabendo)
Oct. 6: Amsterdam (Melkweg)
Oct. 7: Utrecht, Holland (Doornrsje)
Oct. 9: Brussels (AB Box)
Oct. 10: Cologne, Germany (Prime Club)
Oct. 11: Hamburg (Knust)
Nov. 2: Boston (Avalon Ballroom)
Nov. 3: New York (Nokia Theatre)
Nov. 4: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
Nov. 5-6: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
The Who’s Sunday (July 2) concert at London’s Hyde Park will be broadcast live via the Web and at Hard Rock Cafes in New York, Chicago, Orlando, Hollywood, Fla., Hollywood Ca., Rome, Barcelona and Paris. The Webcast will also be available for a 99 cent download at Thewholive.tv, with all proceeds going toward Pete Townshend’s Double O charity.
The band, which is currently on the European leg of its tour, has made several tracks from each show available on the Web, but the Hyde Park date will mark the first time an entire live set has been offered.
As previously reported, the Who’s new mini-opera, “xx,” is set for release July 10, and a new studio album is currently in the works.
moe. has announced a list of additional artists set to perform at their end of summer festival, moe.down – to be held September 1-3 in Turin, NY. Fresh off a mini tour and Bonnaroo appearance, Mike Gordon will bring Ramble Dove along, and Banyan featuring Stephen Perkins will also play the event. But the debut of a new five-piece, including Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Adam Zimmon, Bob O’Dea and Jared Slomoff is raising the most eyebrows. With 3/4 of the now defunct Phish performing, attendance is sure to increase over past years.
Other bands scheduled to appear are:
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
The Avett Brothers
Pat McClimans Group
with more bands to be announced.
Tickets are on sale now at moe.ticketing