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If someone told us The Black Keys' debut was recorded 40 years ago with a cheap tape machine on a hot night in a backwoods juke joint, we'd probably believe it. Delta bluesman Junior Kimbrough's "Do the Rump" conjures a hypnotic groove with just one pounding snare, a wailing slide guitar and Dan Auerbach's lustful and slightly distorted voice. Their "She Said She Said" amplifies the angst of The Beatles' original, with double the fuzztone and a drum part even more powerful than Ringo’s.

Biography

Formed: 2001 in Akron, OH

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

It's too facile to call the Black Keys counterparts of the White Stripes: they share several surface similarities -- their names are color-coded, they hail from the Midwest, they're guitar-and-drum blues-rock duos -- but the Black Keys are their own distinct thing, a tougher, rougher rock band with a purist streak that never surfaced in the Stripes. But that's not to say that the Black Keys are blues traditionalists: even on their 2002 debut, The Big Come Up, they covered the Beatles' psychedelic...
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