The Black Keys – El Camino

Is it me, or did the Black Keys’ popularity all but explode in the past two years?  For a good long run through most of the century’s first decade, the pride of Akron garnered a sizeable fanbase by pumping out consistently formidable blues-rock, brittle and brash enough to distinguish itself from that other Midwestern blues-rock duo, but not quite … [Read more...]

The Low Anthem – Smart Flesh

Providence, Rhode Island’s Low Anthem made small waves in 2009 with the existential ruminations of “Charlie Darwin” – a track that made for a stately introduction of the band’s folk/country/gospel M.O. while miraculously sidestepping any traces of nostalgic parody or old-timey schtick.  Featuring a melody sung in a tender falsetto and vocal … [Read more...]

Underappreciated Album of the Month: UAM #1 (Buena Vista Social Club – Buena Vista Social Club, 1997)

Underappreciated Album of the Month: UAM #1 (Buena Vista Social Club – Buena Vista Social Club, 1997) With this re-vamped DOA feature, we focus our attention on an album that may not have the recognition or notoriety it deserves. It might be a cult hit, it might be a small favorite or it might even be an album that is just so great, we feel it … [Read more...]

Dan Auerbach – Keep it Hid

As the chief singer and songwriter of The Black Keys, Dan Auerbach strides progressive steps on his first album as a solo outfit. And although he is more than just half of the Keys (having written over 90% of their material,) on Keep it Hid, he showcases a varied assault of music and impressively, it all sounds remarkably well. On his main band, … [Read more...]