The Black Keys Unveil New Live Band At Target Center, Featuring Delicate Steve and the Gabbard Brothers

Let's rock, indeed
Words + Photos ANDREW PARKS

One of the things many listeners overlook about The Black Keys is how layered their records are. Even their earliest material — especially their earliest material — is raw yet robust.

Maybe it's because drummer Patrick Carney and singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach worked alongside Danger Mouse on their past four albums, but it's easy to forget the chaos they were able to conjure and capture on such early self-produced LPs as Thickfreakness and Rubber Factory. Bursting at the seams with overblown riffs and battering ram beats, they were proof that overdubs don't have to be the enemy. They can be a band's secret weapon.

No wonder why this past summer's 'Let's Rock' LP wasn't afraid to show its cards: a return to one's revved-up roots aimed straight at the arenas Auerbach and Carney now headline. Bringing everything full circle is a new live band capable of finishing and furthering The Black Keys' sentences, including Steve Marion (a.k.a. the underground guitar hero Delicate Steve) and the Dayton-based Gabbard brothers (guitarist Andy and bassist Zach, also of the long-running group Buffalo Killers).

Check out some photos from last Saturday's Target Center below, along with a few official videos from 'Let's Rock' and The Black Keys' recent tour rehearsals....
I Got Mine
 Eagle Birds
Tell Me Lies
Gold on the Ceiling
 Next Girl
Fire Walk With Me
Walk Across the Water 
Everlasting Light
Howlin' for You 
10 A.M. Automatic
Your Touch 
Strange Times  
Tighten Up
Ten Cent Pistol 
Little Black Submarines 
Lonely Boy 

She's Long Gone