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Boozy two-piece blues from Arcane Lore

Done right, the two-piece rock band can be pretty attractive. Just ask the Black Keys (who get help all over the place when performing, but that's another matter) and the White Stripes.
Mind erasers
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 11, 2013
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Dr. John at the Paradise

One of the things I've always liked about Dr. John is his ability to turn any music he touches into his own — Duke Ellington, Tin Pan Alley, Howlin' Wolf Blues.
ID Check
By JON GARELICK  |  June 08, 2012
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Dr. Dog is the drug

On their current trek, promoting their playful and raw seventh album, Be the Void (Anti-), Dr. Dog have reached headliner status, playing the biggest, most tightly packed rooms of their career.
Psychedelic prescription
By RYAN REED  |  March 16, 2012
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The Black Keys rise to the arenas

When it was announced that the Black Keys were headlining the TD Garden, it looked like a mistake.
Key bumps
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  March 02, 2012
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This season starts retro and then fades to Black

After a summer and fall that saw local releases at a fever pitch, perhaps it was inevitable we'd see something of a retrenchment for the dark days of winter.
A Modest mid-winter
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 30, 2011
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The Black Keys | El Camino

El Camino has the unenviable task of following up last year's Brothers, but instead of trying to outdo its acclaimed predecessor, it scales things back and cranks up the volume.
Nonesuch (2011) 
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  December 02, 2011


Nicole Atkins is back

Nicole Atkins finds peace in her darkness

A lot seemed to go wrong for Atkins after Columbia Records released her classic-pop imbued debut Neptune City four years ago. The singer of the newly rechristened Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea watched everyone responsible for getting her signed to a
Fade to black
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  August 12, 2011
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Top 10 records of 2010

2010 was full of riches: plenty of terrific albums came down the pike. There are more pop and rock discs I want to make note of, and maybe I'll do so next week if there's room after listing the year's Top 10 jazz titles.
From button-down brainiacs to primal chic
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 24, 2010
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Music news in brief: Bieber bullied, Kayne weird, Black Keys Pea'd

It's been a rough month for our biggest stars: Weezy's in solitary, TI's going back to jail, and now that rascally Biebs has run afoul of the mounties for scrapping with a 12-year-old kid who has since filed a formal complaint.
The Big Hurt
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 29, 2010

The Big Hurt: Alternative rock songs

I got up this morning filled with a furious hatred of alt-rock — I was tossing and turning half the night with Third Eye Blind's "Semicharmed Life" stuck in my head, a torment I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy.
Who Charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 08, 2010
Blog: The Black Keys: Blues Brothers

Blog: The Black Keys: Blues Brothers


The Black Keys reveal the process behind the making of their hit album Brothers, their thoughts on going solo, and insights into the Keys' thought...
By MorningIntern  |  August 26, 2010


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Photos: Black Keys at Bank of America Pavilion

The Black Keys live at the Bank of America Pavilion, July 31, 2010
The Black Keys live at the Bank of America Pavilion, July 31, 2010
By JANICE CHECCHIO  |  August 06, 2010
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Black Keys at the Bank of America Pavilion


The Black Keys are the embodiment of turn-of-the-millennium dirty-blues rock. Although their similarity to the White Stripes is obvious (both are guitar/drum duos with an...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  July 29, 2010
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The Black Keys | Brothers

Once just another guitar/drums garage-blues duo, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have moved beyond the garage and the blues and are now making quintessentially American music that’s knee-deep in funky R&B.
Nonesuch (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  June 04, 2010
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Making a beautiful racket

Where else could you see the Blizzard of '78 and I, Destroyer share the same stage?
RHD-RI presents Thunder In the Bucket
By CHRIS CONTI  |  January 15, 2010
My Song is Better Than Yours: 1/14/10

My Song is Better Than Yours: 1/14/10


You, the people, vote for the song you think is better at 781-595-WFNX (9369) or by posting your vote to this blog in the comment...
By Fletcher  |  January 13, 2010


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King Wilkie | King Wilkie Presents: The Wilkie Family Singers

Today, "risk" is less popular than George W. Bush, but this former Virginia band — now in NYC — are rolling the dice hard.
Dead Oceans (2009)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 01, 2009

VIDEO: Live from Coachella with Silversun Pickups, Jenny Lewis, Black Keys, Franz Ferdinand


The shenannigans are just getting started at the WFNX house at Coachella. Jenny Lewis, the Black Key...
By Carly Carioli  |  April 18, 2009
Coachella 2009: The Black Keys Interview

Coachella 2009: The Black Keys Interview


We interviewed The Black Keys at the Sapporo House at Coachella. Click here to listen!  ...
By Charlie  |  April 17, 2009
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Spring cleaning

Without beating around the bush, here are three EPs worth hearing that have been sitting around the office a bit.
Three discs you should hear as the weather warms
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 18, 2009
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2008 Listravaganza!

We are not at all sick of bands with animal names yet and seem to have a soft spot for Erykah Badu that we kept very hush about all year.
An absolute glut of cruelly reductive Top 10 lists from our dedicated staff of tirelessly enthusiastic writers
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 24, 2008


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The Big Hurt: Weezy unplugged

Our dream of a post-racial America moved one space closer to "king me" on the checkerboard of terrible metaphors this week
Plus Auerbach unbound and Glitter undeterred
By DAVID THORPE  |  November 24, 2008
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We got everything

Hopkins vented with Doomsday . Here he as produced something more measured, and, in the end, more long-lasting.
Frank Hopkins discovers the American Dream
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 19, 2008
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Indie gets the blues

White rockers generally come by the blues one of two ways.

The Gossip, the Black Keys, and the Kills


By MATT ASHARE  |  April 23, 2008
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No clock ticking

Rock and roll is a 15-year-old. Its makers may succumb to prudence and time but the music remains hormonal, idealistic, kinetic, and furious at anything you can think of to be pissed off about.
Jay Reatard channels his inner problem child
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  April 15, 2008
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Beyond the White Stripes

There’s a blues and old-school R&B resurgence rumbling in the indie-music underground, and it goes well beyond the icky thump of the White Stripes.
Alison Krauss and Robert Plant lead an Americana resurgence
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 30, 2007


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Chairmen of the boards

Not unlike Swedish, Tagalog, and Esperanto, music is a language, with its own conjugations and (lewdly) dangling participles.
Our critics pick the 14 producers with the fattest, meanest beats
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  October 18, 2007
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John Doe

The seminal American punk band X specialized in songs about love on the skids or on skid row.
A Year in the Wilderness | Yep Roc
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  July 17, 2007
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The Heartless Bastards

The Heartless Bastards are a Dayton trio fronted by Erika Wennerstrom, an extremely shy woman with the voice of a blues crooner.
All This Time | Fat Possum
By DAVID BOFFA  |  January 22, 2007
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None more black

"The music is our outlet, otherwise we’d all be in the nut house," says Black Angels' Christian Bland. The Black Angels, “The First Vietnamese War”  (mp3)
Droning on with Austin's Black Angels
By VICKI G. SIOLOS  |  November 02, 2006