The Black Keys
In an Ohio city renowned for its manufacturing of rubber and tires, it's fitting that one of Akron's greatest rock exports is a duo that plays bluesy bites of garage rock oozing with loads of blue-collar rawness. The Black Keys include singer and guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney, two college drop-outs who mowed lawns for a living before turning their love for Mississippi blues and noise rock into a lucrative music career. After Auerbach's band didn't show for a recording session in Carney's basement studio in 2001, the two began recording a demo of their own, which would lead to the release of debut album The Big Come Up. Almost instantly, the Keys were inundated with comparisons to the White Stripes, but their leaning toward traditional blues and Hendrix-ish psychedelia resulted in a less pop-oriented following. They went on to release Thickfreakness in 2003, Rubber Factory the following year and Magic Potion in 2006. Opting to finally ditch the basement for a professional studio in 2008, the two completed Attack & Release, a more polished yet experimentally enhanced album with the help of producer extraordinaire Danger Mouse.
The Black Keys Concert Films
Live at the Crystal Ballroom
The Black Keys
Runtime: 1 hr 4 minThe Black Keys' new concert film, Live at the Crystal Ballroom, reflects the no-frills genius of the drums-and-guitar duo's studio sound: It's a refreshingly straightforward video document of their April 4, 2008 sold-out gig at Portland, Oregon's Crystal Ballroom, featuring seventeen songs culled from all five of the pair's albums. Director Lance Bangs - who has made videos for the Arcade Fire, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sonic Youth as well as directing R.E.M.'s Road Movie - keeps his small camera crew focused on the stage, getting up close and sweaty with guitarist-singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney. Occasionally, he'll pull back to acknowledge the head-bobbing crowd pressed close to the stage, their hands reaching out to Auerbach. There are no visual pyrotechnics, no elaborate editing, no backstage cutaways, yet the show is riveting from start to finish and the feel of the music in that room is nothing less than triumphant.
The Black Keys Top Tracks
Classic Album: Electric Ladyland
Runtime: 1 hrBursting with ideas and energy, Jimi Hendrix's second album release of 1968 following Axis: Bold as Love was a double-LP set that showcased virtually everything the guitar genius had to offer: blistering blues Voodoo Chile, galaxy-patrolling space jams 1983... A Merman I Should Turn to Be, psychedelic soul Crosstown Traffic, and skyscraping rock Voodoo Child Slight Return. In the midst of all this was even a hit song--Hendrix's remarkable reading of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," featuring a series of baton-passing guitar solos, all distinct and brilliant. Seemingly diffuse when first released; in hindsight, kaleidoscopically eclectic.
Live at Les Eurockéennes Festival 2016
Runtime: 20 minDiscreet genie, it’s a Music-Man (with capital Ms) that’s coming to Eurockennes. Since Loser in 1993, Beck trims his mix of styles. Sometimes groove, sometimes soft, sometimes rock, psyched or hip-hop. Beck, multi-instrumentalist and talented producer has offered to the last twenty years, it must be admitted, serious masterpieces.
Live at The Enmore Theatre
Runtime: 1 hr 19 minInterpol is an American indie rock band formed in 1997 in New York City. Here they perform at The Enmore Theatre, in Sydney, Australia, on January 4, 2011.
A Session With Foals
Runtime: 12 minBeing from the rain-ridden lands of England, Foals are used to a different kind of festival environment: generally speaking, frontman Yannis Philippakis described them as "mud and wellies" ordeals. So we're sure they were quite pleased to travel halfway around the world to the California desert to perform for Coachella's music-hungry crowds. Prior to taking to the stage in Indio, however, Foals made a pit stop at our little poolside bungalow to perform a Festival Fever Session featuring songs off their highly-acclaimed, recent full-length Holy Fire. While you might have already seen the band's in-the-flesh transformation of "My Number" into a slow-burning beaut, we've expanded the session to include the subtle closer "Moon".
Live at The Metro Theatre
Runtime: 1 hr 15 minJet is a rock band from Melbourne, Australia composed of Cameron Muncey, Mark Wilson, and brothers Nic and Chris Cester. Here they perform at The Metro Theatre, in Sydney, Australia, on December 18th, 2009.
Live at Earl’s Court: The Reflektor Tapes
Runtime: 1 hr 51 minArcade Fire released their live film recording "Live at Earls Court," in 2015. It was recorded during the band’s shows at Earls Court in London, during the Reflektor Tour in 2014 and it features some of the most fan-appreciated tracks.
Live at The Regency Ballroom
Cold War Kids
Runtime: 1 hr 16 minIf there is one thing Cold War Kids have taught us it's never judge a book by its cover - or a band by its name. The Californian indie rockers performed a slick, soulful, grown-up set at Regency Ballroom in support in support of "Dear Miss Lonelyhearts." Dipping into newer tracks such as rollicking electro stomper 'Miracle Mile' and raw renditions of fan favourites like 'We Used To Vacation' and 'Hang Me Up To Dry', the Kids showed us they are more than capable of putting on a phenomenal live performance that can keep everyone in the house rocking until the final minute.
Live from the Vic in Chicago
Cage The Elephant
Runtime: 1 hr 15 minBowling Green, Kentucky-borne indie rock ensemble Cage the Elephant (Jared Champion, Lincoln Parish, Daniel Tichenor, Matt Shultz and Brad Shultz) toplines this 2011 concert film, performed and shot live at the Old Vic in Chicago. The sprawling set list includes: "Psycho Killer," "Tiny Little Robots," "Lotus," "Around My Head" and "Japanese Buffalo."
Live at Montreux 2008
Runtime: 1 hr 29 minThe Raconteurs (Jack White, Brendan Benson, Patrick Keeler and Jack Lawrence) came to Montreux in 2008 as part of the tour in support of their second album “Consolers Of The Lonely”. They delivered a great performance of their distinctive brand of rough, tough rock ‘n’ roll with great tunes and even better guitar licks featuring many of their best known tracks including “Steady, As She Goes”, “Many Shades Of Black”, “Broken Boy Soldiers”, “Salute Your Solution” and more.
Live at the O2
Runtime: 1 hr 48 minFilmed in high definition at London’s renowned O2 Arena on December 15th, 2011. The show came on the back of the band’s No.1 album “Velociraptor!” and the setlist combines tracks from that album with hits and classic album tracks from across their career so far. The concert was part of a sold out arena tour that covered the UK and Ireland at the end of last year. Kasabian are the recipients of numerous awards for “Best Live Band” and “Best British Band” in recent years and this new show with its spectacular and innovative staging will be a must have for their huge and dedicated fanbase.
Live at The Oxford Art Factory
Runtime: 38 minWhen you hear them perform, right from the primal crunchy grooves of ‘Come Of Over’ to riff-heavy ‘Out Of The Black’ and stomping second single ‘Little Monster’, it’s hard to understand how such a ferocious sound comes from such a minimal line-up. Needless to say we were left speechless after this gig, and no doubt you will be too. Royal Blood perform at The Oxford Art Factory, in Sydney, Australia, on June 4, 2014.
I Love You All the Time: Live at Olympia in Paris
Eagles of Death Metal
Runtime: 1 hr 31 minDuring Eagles Of Death Metal’s 13 November 2015 show at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, gunmen entered the venue and opened fire on the crowd, leaving 89 dead. On 16 February 2016 the band returned to the Olympia in Paris to complete their show. Includes Don’t Speak (I Came To Make A Bang!), Complexity, Save A Prayer and Wannabe In L.A.
Live at the O2 Arena
Runtime: 53 minWhen they released their self-titled debut album in the UK in January 2004, Franz Ferdinand were hailed as the first great new band of the year.
Unbelievable hype swirled around the new Scottish four-piece as they burst into the charts with their unmistakable debut. Their debut single garnered many pleasing reviews and made the band one of the most talked about of the year. With heavy-guitars and loveable beats, this is essentially post-pop melodic fun with hints of rock from the punk scene - all mashed together in a rebellious, yet fun-loving, way.