The Black Keys proved Monday night at Save Mart Center that sometimes you don’t need all the bells and whistles of the modern concert world.
The duo — Dan Auerbach on guitar and vocals, next to drummer Patrick Carney — gave a largely no-frills performance, without much on-stage jabbering or over-the-top gimmickry. Instead, they gave the Fresno crowd a straight-up rock ‘n’ roll show and did a damn fine job of that.
Anybody see this new Pizza Hut commercial? Perhaps during tonight’s NFL Draft? When I first heard it, I thought, daaaaamn, The Black Keys are in another commercial? But then I noticed, the song sounded a bit funny, a bit off-brand. Like the Sunny Select version of The Black Keys’ “Gold on the Ceiling.”
Am I tripping here? Or did Pizza Hut totally rip-off The Black Keys with some cheapo muzak version?
The Black Keys have a new album out today. It’s titled “El Camino” and it’s another solid effort — though, should we expect anything less at this point?
While watching the band on “SNL” the other night, I started to think its blues-meets-classic rock style could be ready for big breakout success. The Black Keys are touring arenas now and getting a lot more mainstream attention. They’re one of those bands whose sound is accessible to everyone from hipsters to my dad. Plus the music is good. So it’s a bit of that killer combo that Adele was able to put together this year.
While we wait to see how that plays out, enjoy a couple of my favorite cuts from “El Camino.”
Tonight in Mesa, Ariz., two rock bands with Fresno ties will each be having one of the biggest gigs of their careers.
The Stone Foxes, the SF-by-way-of-Fresno band whose profile has risen a bunch in the past couple years, and Strange Vine, the much-loved local ’70s rock-inspired duo, will be playing with The Black Keys. Yup, those Black Keys. The Stone Foxes scored the gig and brought Strange Vine along to back them up.
If you’re familiar with either The Stone Foxes’ or Strange Vine’s music, you know this is a big deal, because The Black Keys are basically the modern MVPs of that style of rock. Also on the bill tonight is Cage the Elephant, no slouches themselves.
Since you’re probably not going to Arizona tonight, you’ll be happy to know that you can see The Stone Foxes and Strange Vine together on April 30 when they play an exclusive concert at Rotary Storyland. (Sacramento band Agent Ribbons is playing that gig too).