May 14th, 2008
Episode 74 of 426 episodes
The Black Keys' performance from the 9:30 club in Washington DC was an unabashed, hard-driving rock show. There weren't any ballads in their nearly hour-and-a-half set; it was all about Dan Aurbach's distorted guitar and Patrick Carney's fiery drums. In an interview before the show with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen, the band talked about their slow, comfortable climb to success. That slow climb brought hardcore fans to the club, about a thousand a night for two sold out shows. The band played music from all five of their albums and, for the dedicated fans in the club and in our chat room, it was a thrill to hear some of those older tunes. The group is on tour in support of its latest album, Attack and Release. An album produced by Brian Burton also known as Danger Mouse.