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Alternative 26/04/2019

The Black Keys Return With 9th Studio Album "Let's Rock," On June 28, 2019

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts) The Black Keys' ninth studio album, "Let's Rock," will be released June 28, 2019, via Easy Eye Sound / Nonesuch Records. The long-awaited album, the band's first in five years, is a return to the straightforward rock of the singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney's early days as a band. Auerbach says, "When we're together we are The Black Keys, that's where that real magic is, and always has been since we were sixteen." The second song from the record, "Eagle Birds," debuts today; it follows the previously released single "Lo/Hi." The Black Keys' thirty-one city North American tour begins September 23 (full schedule below). "Let's Rock" is available for pre-order on all formats here.

"Let's Rock" was written, tracked live, and produced by Auerbach and Carney at Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville and features backing vocals from Leisa Hans and Ashley Wilcoxson. "The record is like an homage to electric guitar," says Carney. "We took a simple approach and trimmed all the fat like we used to."

The "Let's Rock" Tour will hit cities including Chicago, Nashville, New York, Los Angeles, and Austin (full dates below). Special guests Modest Mouse will provide support on all dates, and Shannon & The Clams, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, *repeat repeat, and Jessy Wilson will each open select shows on the tour. The band also headlines 2019's Life Is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas on Saturday, September 21. Tickets for all dates are on sale at nonesuch.com/on-tour.

Rolling Stone named "Lo/Hi" a "Song You Need to Know" and said, "the Keys have officially returned, louder than ever" and the New York Times calls the song "the kind of garage-boogie stomp that the band never left behind." The band's recent interview with Zane Lowe about the new album can be heard here.

Formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001, The Black Keys have released eight studio albums: their debut The Big Come Up (2002), followed by Thickfreakness (2003) and Rubber Factory (2004), along with their releases on Nonesuch Records, Magic Potion (2006), Attack & Release (2008), Brothers (2010), El Camino (2011), and, most recently, Turn Blue (2014). The band has won six Grammy Awards and headlined festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Governors Ball.

Since their last album together, both Auerbach and Carney have been creative forces behind a number of wide-ranging artists:

Dan Auerbach formed the Easy Eye Sound record label, named after his Nashville studio, in 2017, with the release of his second solo album, Waiting on a Song. Since its launch, Easy Eye Sound has become home to a wide range of artists including Yola, Shannon & The Clams, Dee White, Shannon Shaw, Sonny Smith, Robert Finley, and The Gibson Brothers; it also has released the posthumous album by Leo Bud Welch as well as previously unreleased material by Link Wray.

Patrick Carney has produced and recorded new music with artists such as Calvin Johnson, Michelle Branch, Damns of the West, Tobias Jesso, Jr., Jessy Wilson, Tennis, Repeat Repeat, Wild Belle, Sad Planets, Turbo Fruits, and more. He also created the theme music for the Netflix TV show BoJack Horseman with his late uncle, Ralph Carney.

THE BLACK KEYS ON TOUR
Sep 21 Life Is Beautiful Las Vegas, NV
Sep 23 Pepsi Center* Denver, CO
Sep 24 Sprint Center* Kansas City, MO
Sep 25 Enterprise Center* St. Louis, MO
Sep 27 United Center* Chicago, IL
Sep 28 Target Center* Minneapolis, MN
Sep 30 Quicken Loans Arena* Cleveland, OH
Oct 1 Bridgestone Arena* Nashville, TN
Oct 2 Nationwide Arena* Columbus, OH
Oct 4 Fiserv Forum** Milwaukee, WI
Oct 5 Little Caesars Arena** Detroit, MI
Oct 7 PPG Paints Arena** Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 8 Van Andel Arena** Grand Rapids, MI
Oct 9 Scotiabank Arena** Toronto, ON
Oct 11 TD Garden** Boston, MA
Oct 12 The Anthem** Washington, DC
Oct 14 Wells Fargo Arena** Philadelphia, PA
Oct 15 Barclays Center** Brooklyn, NY
Oct 16 The Anthem** Brooklyn, NY
Nov 5 BB&T Center^ Sunrise, FL
Nov 6 Amway Center^ Orlando, FL
Nov 8 PNC Arena^ Raleigh, NC
Nov 9 State Farm Arena^ Atlanta, GA
Nov 12 Toyota Center^ Houston, TX
Nov 13 Frank Erwin Center^ Austin, TX
Nov 14 Dickies Arena^ Fort Worth, TX
Nov 16 Talking Stick Resort Arena^ Phoenix, AZ
Nov 17 Pechanga Arena^ San Diego, CA
Nov 19 The Forum^ Los Angeles, CA
Nov 20 Chase Center^ San Francisco, CA
Nov 22 Moda Center^ Portland, OR
Nov 23 Tacoma Dome^ Tacoma, WA
Nov 24 Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena^ Vancouver, BC
* with Modest Mouse and *repeat repeat
** with Modest Mouse and Jessy Wilson
^ with Modest Mouse and Shannon & the Clams






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