If you like live music and you’ve never seen The Black Keys live, you’ve got to get out and see them while their on tour promoting their new record Brothers that comes out next Tuesday. Unlike almost every band EVER, The Black Keys live performance is 1,000 times better than any MP3 or CD. We remember seeing them at McCarren Pool several years back and were absolutely blown away at how loud/intense the music was (not bad loud, mind you) and that 2 guys could create such a sound.
The Black Keysâ€™ new album, Brothers, is due May 18 on Nonesuch Records. In conjunction with the albumâ€™s release, the band will launch an exclusive pop-up store at New York Cityâ€™s Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. The pop-up store will be open from May 18 through May 20 only, highlighted by an intimate performance by The Black Keys on May 19 from which 100% of ticket proceeds will go directly to Housing Works, Inc., which provides housing, healthcare, job training, and advocacy for New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS.
The band will tour extensively this summer and fall to support Brothers, including an opening slot for Pearl Jam at Madison Square Garden on May 20.
Our Event Editor Kristin tipped us off to a tumbler photo/music blog last night called colorama that’s awesome.
In short, it’s some digital pics that they’ve tricked out in Photoshop that link to either MP3’s, videos, or zip files full of songs they like. We downloaded this gem last night that contains 40 MP3’s that we can’t wait to check out. Included in the zip songs by: Amy Millan, The Beatles, The Black Keys, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Fatboy Slim, Hendrix, Laura Branigan !!!, Lykke Li, Suicide, Rufus Wainwright, Suicide, Ink Spots,and many many many more. As you can see, the mix is right up our alley. Laura Branigan and The Black Keys on the same mix? Dayum!
While we have mixed feelings about giving people’s music out for free, any artist knows that they’re not going to make it on selling records like people did in the past. Now it’s all about being able to create multiple forms of revenue, the most important being the ability to do what nobody else but you can do: perform live. Plus, who’s going to say no to all the free PR if this blog blows up.
Check out colorama. It’s the sickness.