The Black Keys wsg Cage the Elephant
Van Andrel Arena, Grand Rapids
Sept. 7, 8 p.m.
$35, $55, $75
vanandelarena.com, (616) 742-6600
For such a tiny band, The Black Keys sure are capable of producing a massively huge sound. And that’s exactly the thing the group’s fans love it for – the keen, sly ability to create so much with so little. Despite sustaining a devoted cult following for years, The Black Keys didn’t really manage to pop until the duo’s 2010 album Brothers was released, garnering the Key boys three Grammys and a whole slew of critical praise. Like so many other musical innovators – Devo, The Pretenders and David Allen Cole, just to name a few – childhood friends Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney grew up in Akron, Ohio, and like their forebears, have incorporated the city’s tinny, industrial surroundings directly into the Keys’ heavy musical presence. With its latest release, Turn Blue, still fresh in the minds of fans, The Black Keys show every indication of maintaining a fantastic upward trajectory. Dare I say we’re all keyed up about the band’s future?