So the Black Keys are kind of “huger than huge” right now. They pretty much embody the DIY indie rock sound and are revered for their prolific repetoire and ever-evolving sound. Chulahoma is arguably their critical best (before the much-discussed switch to a big label with Attack & Release, Brothers, and then El Camino.) For me, I semi-jumped on the bandwagon with “Howlin’ for You” (which I realized gets me exactly zero indie cred, but at least I’m honest.) It was a great video and had that endlessly catchy riff with “la-da-da-DAT-da!”
I haven’t been super excited about the new song “Fever” but I absolutely love “Gold on the Ceiling” and “Lonely Boy” – both incomparable hot weather jams. And it’s not that “Fever” is bad – probably the best thing on the radio right now until Jack White’s new single comes out – just that it didn’t grab me right away.
It would be awesome to see a zeitgeist band while we’re actually still IN the zeitgeist (similar to why I MUST see Jack White when he comes around this year). However, it would not be awesome to pay crazy Ticketmaster prices for a seat that’s 300 feet from the stage. But hey, I guess I missed their intimate-venue days, and they deserve a huge number of fans and the money that comes along with that, so I’m happy for them.
Their Portland show is with Jake Bugg, which is a slight bummer since I would love to see both St Vincent and Cage the Elephant (either one of whom would help justify the ticket cost) but we’ll see what happens come Halloween night.