The Black Keys Cage The Elephant
The Black Keys have been churning out albums since 2001. Their music has evolved over the years and that has put them among the most famous rock bands on the planet today. Their most recent release, Turn Blue is where the listeners can see the shift in sound in comparison with the 2011 release El Camino. Where El Camino was fast, up-tempo with influences drawn from the mid-to-late 1900’s, Turn Blue drew inspiration from Dan Auerbach’s divorce which happened while the album was still in the works.
Turn Blue’s track “Weight of Love” was the first to get finished and it set the tone for the rest of the album. In the words of the two-man band, they wanted to come out with a ‘headphone record’, not simply ‘radio-friendly singles.’ The Black Keys have always managed to make their music non-generic and yet reach the top, and unlike many contemporary artists, they evolve and do not conform.
The first track of Turn Blue was “Fever” was released in March 2014 and it has already been nominated for an MTV Video Music Awards. The Black Keys have been nominated for twelve Grammy Awards in total and have won seven. In 2013, Auerbach won a Grammy for “Producer of the Year” in the Non-classical category.
El Camino earned an Album of the Year nomination too and won the Grammy Award for “Best Rock Album.” “Lonely Boy” from El Camino was nominated for “Record of the Year” and won Grammys in the “Best Rock Performance” and the “Best Rock Song” categories. Their 2010 album Brothers also won a Grammy for the “Best Alternative Music Album.”
Joining them onstage at the concert will be none other than Cage The Elephant. Their chart success in Britain came suddenly. They released Melophobia in 2013 and although the band’s name projects a typical image of loud guitar and a haywire melody, the actual stuff they put out has been described as “stoned and mellow.” Melophobia however is their third album.
Cage The Elephant made their debut with a self-titled record in 2008, two years after the band was formed. The album was certified gold by the RIAA in 2012 and that put them on their way to stardom. Their next album, Thank You, Happy Birthday came out in 2011 which was followed by Melophobia, their third and most recent release.
Arguably their biggest breakthrough came in 2011, when the track “Shake Me Down” from Thank You, Happy Birthday was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award in the “Best Rock Video” category. Interestingly enough, “Shake Me Down” was up against The Black Keys’ “Howlin’ For You” (Brothers) and other bands. The nomination was a jump into the mainstream, introducing them to the general audience and greatly widening their fan-base.
Cage The Elephant were recently being seen performing at the highly popular Lollapalooza. Their performance, despite being hit by a major rainstorm, – was as energetic as ever. The band started their set with “Spiderhead,” a track from Melophobia which was followed by some of their other famous songs. They used the manic and chaos to their advantage and put up a spectacular show that got everyone stomping and chorusing. That is what they do, they make sure people rock to their tunes.
Now that these two bands are performing together at the same night, it is a great chance for all rock fans to come out and enjoy. It will be a concert to remember and you can be a part of it by booking The Black Keys & Cage The Elephant tickets for this amazing event at the Barclays Center.