The Black Keys
Turning the blues into a raucous, soulful, garage rock groove, Ohio two-piece The Black Keys (Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach) were heavily compared to the White Stripes when they first broke, before carving out a fine reputation with fans of indie, classic rock and blues alike. Recorded on an eight-track in drummer Carney's basement, debut album The Big Come Up (2002) introduced the duo as an authentic, lo-fi rock'n'roll band driven by front man Auerbach's rootsy, old-time growl. Though albums Thickfreakness (2003) and Rubber Factory (2004) were well-received by the critics, it took the use of their songs in TV shows and films (I'll Be Your Man in Hung, Hard Row in Sons of Anarchy and When The Lights Go Out in Black Snake Moan) to bring the band to mainstream attention. Their tireless years of touring came to fruition when fifth studio album Attack And Release (2008) went to Number 14 in the US charts and Brothers (2010) reached Number 3; and their success was capped when they won three awards at the 2011 Grammy ceremony. The band is also part of the Blakroc collaboration project run by Damon Dash with rappers Mos Def, RZA and Raekwon.