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Although The Black Keys released this 2012 six-song EP as a digital-only release, it resonates with rich, analog depth—as if they'd cued up a big old spool of two-inch tape and hit “record.” Tour Rehearsal Tapes was recorded live in the studio in December 2011 as preparation for a world tour. The opening take of “Dead and Gone” plays with more muscle and grit than the Danger Mouse–produced rendition included on El Camino. Similarly, the following Gold on the Ceiling plays like an exaggerated version of British glitter-rock legends Sweet (who actually recorded an incredible cover of the song in their 2012 comeback album New York Connection). Compared to the professional mix of “Lonely Boy,” this one cuts through with raunchy garage-rock ooze so thick it could be spread on toast. Where the production of “Next Girl” on 2010’s Brothers boasts a hard-buzzing fuzz guitar, here it sounds harder and older, as if singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach had somehow procured the knife-slashed speaker cone that Dave Davies used for “You Really Got Me.”

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Great band !

Good sound with a more "garage sound".

Great EP

Seen them live twice and have to say this does them justice. Love this band, keep up the good work


Best live show!


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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