The specially designed and limited edition West Akron Baseball League T-shirts sponsored by the Black Keys have raised around $28,000 for the youth league that once counted band members Pat Carney and Dan Auerbach among its players.
It’s the Instagram photo seen around the world, suddenly thrusting one Akron boys baseball team into the global spotlight and making their jerseys a hot commodity, and not because they went undefeated in their league.
Even before the three-hour plus 55th Annual Grammy telecast began, the Black Keys were already 2013 Grammy winners and by the end, the group’s singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach led all nominees with four total wins.
The Black Keys, the duo of native Akronites drummer Pat Carney and singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach received a nomination for record of the year for their hit song Lonely Boy during the Grammy’s Nominations Concert Live broadcast Wednesday night from Nashville, Tenn.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.: Have you ever wanted to sit down and have a long conversation about music with The Black Keys? Well, that’s probably not going to happen. But SiriusXM is offering a glimpse into the duo’s world as Patrick Carney debuts a new radio show.
Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack Jr., better known as rock hall inductee Dr. John, has been a constant in the pop world for much of his 50-plus-year career. His biggest hit, the funky Top 20 hit Right Place, Wrong Time, was released in 1973 but he’s been consistently cranking out an album every few years since 1968.
In 2002, the Black Keys played their first show at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland. A decade and a few days later, the band returned to Cleveland on Tuesday night as gold-selling, Grammy-winning rockers commanding the stage of Quicken Loans Arena and giving more than 10,000 fans a healthy 90-minute heaping of songs from its seven-album catalog.
It was nine years ago this month that a scrappy pair of Akron musicians loaded up the beat-down vintage mid-’90s minivan dubbed “The Grey Ghost” and drove through three states to make its debut at South By Southwest, the hip music festival based in Austin, Texas.
Back in early spring of 2003, Pat Carney and Dan Auerbach — now known by much of the pop music listening world as the Black Keys — were promoting their second album Thickfreakness and their touring gear consisted of a couple of guitars, a few amps and a relatively sparse drum kit with the (now) old-school Black Keys logo emblazoned on the bass drum head. Likewise, their road crew and touring entourage consisted entirely of Pat Carney and Dan Auerbach.
On a quiet and dreary Sunday morning, Firestone High School honored a pair of Grammy-winning rock stars. Drummer Pat Carney and singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach, Firestone graduates better known to rock fans as the Black Keys, took a detour from their first headlining arena tour.
The Black Keys have come quite a ways in the decade since their debut, The Big Come Up. Plenty of local music lovers recall seeing Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney honing their big backbeat-driven, fuzzed-up blues-rock stomp in the old Lime Spider or the tiny tavern at the Beachland.
If you were surfing through Sunday’s Premier section of the Beacon Journal, you may have come across an odd, seemingly out-of-place listing for a 1994 El Camino, which actually showed a beatdown ’90s Dodge Caravan in the photo.
Rockers and rappers mixing in the studio stopped being considered experimental or innovative years ago. The metaphorical walls that once defined musical genres (and often the culture/fan base surrounding them) are now full of holes, as artists such as Jay-Z and Linkin Park and GZA and the Black Lips connect for ''collabos.''
There was no way to resist Alfred McMoore. The man who started out as the subject of an article for Beacon Magazine nearly a decade ago became much more than an eclectic artist who attended countless strangers' funerals.
Drummer is an Akron-bred supergroup whose members have all been drummers in other area bands (get it?), including Party of Helicopters, Ghostman & Sandman, the Black Keys, Houseguest, Teeth of the Hydra and Beaten Awake.
Enter Drummer, a rookie band of local indie rock veterans who have gathered together as friends and musicians to make a joyful noise. It takes its name from the fact that all of its members — bassist Pat Carney, guitarist Jamie Stillman, singer/guitarist Jon Finley, drummer Greg Boyd and keyboardist/vocalist Steve Clements — have played drums in other bands.
Across their four-album catalog, Akron blues-rock duo the Black Keys have built up a healthy and loyal international following purveying a basic rock 'n' roll formula: singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach's big fuzzy blues riff and world-weary vocals, grounded by Pat Carney's big stomping backbeat.
Shortly before their December concert at the Akron Civic Theatre, the Black Keys declared 2008 to be the year of no B.S. the year the two West Akron-bred members would take control of their careers and their lives.
''I was kind of worried, I didn't know how big that place really was,'' Dan Auerbach, guitarist/singer of the West Akron duo the Black Keys, said of the Akron Civic Theatre. The theater seats 2,585 people.
(Editor’s note: In March 2003, Beacon Journal music writer Malcolm X Abram and staff photographer Karen Schiely traveled with the Black Keys to the South by Southwest Music Festival in Texas. Here is the third of three stories he wrote on the journey.)
(Editor’s note: In March 2003, Beacon Journal music writer Malcolm X Abram and staff photographer Karen Schiely traveled with the Black Keys to the South by Southwest Music Festival in Texas. Here is the second of three stories he wrote on the journey.)