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The BBC at Glastonbury 2014 (Sunday): The Black Keys bring ‘Fever’ to the Pyramid Stage

By on Monday, 30th June 2014 at 8:30 pm

Wherever you were this weekend, whether you were at Worthy Farm or not, us here at TGTF have you covered when it comes to Glastonbury 2014. The dedicated people they are, the folks at the BBC have been working all hours during the festival and feeding us live coverage as it becomes available. What does this mean for you? We’ll be passing along all the best bits to you, our faithful readers.

Some might say that the appearance of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, aka the Black Keys, at Glastonbury 2014 was a given. Either way, fans were ready to see the American rock and blues duo bring out their single ‘Fever’. Watch the performance from the Pyramid Stage Sunday night below.

For more of the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage online, head this way. Stay tuned for more videos from Glasto 2014 right here on TGTF.



Single Review: The Black Keys – Fever

By on Monday, 28th April 2014 at 12:00 pm

The Black Keys come out the blocks slowly in new single ‘Fever’ – building from a rumbling bass roll step by step, adding an instrument every four seconds – before a honky-tonk synth is introduced, underscoring the hook laden choral verses. It’s classic Black Keys from the beginning, as a bluesy, country, grunge-y mix of trademark Americana.

The Black Keys are to America, in my opinion, what Elbow are to the UK and with their new record ‘Turn Blue’, I feel they are having their ‘build a rocket boys!’ after the success of their ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ – the incredibly successful and incessantly catchy ‘El Camino’, chocked to the steering wheel with tunes. What I’m saying is, it was always going to be a struggle for duo, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney to replicate the aural beauty of ‘El Camino’ – but what they have done is come out with a palate-pleasing single.

Complete with a trippy as balls stream that will have your eyes turning like screws in the back of your head.

They’re always going to be popular now with tunes from their last album, so arguably this record was a bit of a free hit for the Ohio duo. It’s still along the same lines that were drawn on ‘El Camino’ and have flown through their seven album long career, but ‘Fever’ has nowhere near the funk appeal that ‘Lonely Boy’ and ‘Gold on the Ceiling’ had.

Much like the accompanying video it has a whirling sense of psychedelia, which sees it trip and spin out at random junctures, in a sort of Flaming Lips-ish style.

It’s a nice taste of things to come, but it’s nothing I’m particularly wracking my brains to get out of my head.


‘Turn Blue’, the next album from the Black Keys, will drop on the 12th of May on Nonesuch Records. Stream ‘Fever’ below.



Reading 2012: Day 3 Roundup

By on Wednesday, 5th September 2012 at 2:00 pm

The last day of a festival is always a difficult affair. The joints are stiff, the hangovers are ringing ever louder in your head and the thought of your clean bed, a shower and the comforts of home are fresh in your mind and ever so tempting.

But onwards I say! The bands at Reading 2012 continue, the festival continues to its climax and the acts that played the Sunday were enough to get anyone (including myself) off their arses.

One band sure to shake the life back into you after a heavy night are Leeds based hardcore outfit Pulled Apart by Horses, who shredded through a fast and furious set, filling in just half an hour but tearing though nine songs from their back catalogue. Opening track ‘Back to the Fuck Yeah,’ was ferocious and it was obvious the crowd arrayed in front of the band hadn’t had their Weetabix, for the fact that they just stood zombified in front of the Main Stage.

The highlight of their set, though, came next as the crowd came to life in a furious mêlée of headbanging and moshing to track from their new album ‘Tough Love’. The middle of the set seemed to see a lull from the crowd but the cheeky guitar twangs of ‘High Five, Swan Dive, Nose Dive’ injected the enthusiasm straight back into the waiting audience, reigniting the mosh. (8/10) If you weren’t awake after that, you may as well have gone home then.

After a relatively mainstream hardcore opening, it was time to go into the deep, dark depths of the Lock Up Stage where heavy as hell hardcore outfit Mongol Horde were playing. Fronted by everyone’s favourite punk folk troubadour Frank Turner, with backing from Matthew Nasir who plays with Turner’s backing band The Sleeping Souls and ex-Million Dead member Ben Dawson, pretty much everyone was in for a surprise at what was to come from the set.

The crowd was simply insane for a band who has released just one song. But the appearance of a screaming shirtless Turner was enough for most people. A screaming seething mass of heavy riffs, ear-splitting screams and everything in-between followed and the crowd bloody loved it. The mix in the audience was eclectic, as you had your old Million Dead fans back for some good ole-fashioned nostalgia and fans of Turner’s more mainstream solo work mixed in the crowd.

Starting with the aptly named ‘Make Way for Mongol Horde’, the set went from chaotic to downright absurd, with Turner throwing himself round the stage and into the hordes in front of him like a man possessed. Single ‘Casual Threats from Weekend Hardmen’ provoked easily the best reaction of Mongol Horde’s own material, with crowd surfers and rock revellers galore getting involved.

Next came the climax to the set which included a bizarrely brilliant cover of the Streets’ ‘Don’t Mug Yourself’, which would have made Streets frontman Mike Skinner scratch his head. Another cover in the form of Nirvana’s ‘Territorial Pissings’ closed the set and was performed with such venom, such ferocity that the crowd just genuinely looked stunned. Mr. Turner and co. had smashed Reading. AGAIN. (9/10)

After a short wait and the odd bit of recuperation, courtesy of a greasy bacon butty, I made my way to the Main Stage for the Gaslight Anthem. These New-Jersey cool kids are used to the big-time though. They played with The Boss, yadda yadda yadda.

This was well and truly their set though and they made the most of the mid-afternoon slot they had, kicking of at just after 2:30. They opened with a sing your heart out boys-kind of rendition of ‘Great Expectations’ which provoked mass bouts of festival karaoke. But the crowd after the release of ‘Handwritten’ last month only wanted one thing and that was a rip roaring rendition of ’45’, a track that has already gone down as a classic Gaslight anthem.

Frontman Brian Fallon, rarely had anything less than a grin on his face throughout the bands set and as he closed with fan favourites ‘The ’59 Sound’ and ‘The Backseat.’ By the end they could safely assume, that they are established, as a modern Reading Festival institution. (8/10)

With a brief interlude after the chest-pounding goodness of the Gaslight Anthem’s set it was time to go old school and rock out with Britain’s biggest metal band at the moment, Bullet for My Valentine.

Now scoff you may at these guys, “they sing about crying, blah blah blah”, as they burst onto the stage to the absolutely huge drum intro of ‘Fever’ album opener ‘Your Betrayal.’ The crowd were worked into a frenzy and lead singer Matt Tuck absolutely shredded through the set, with enough guitar solos to satisfy the stingiest of mettalers.

Crowd favourite ‘Scream, Aim, Fire’ had one of the moments of the festival so far, as the band got each half of the crowd to jump in unison. An epic site if there ever was one which I wish I could have seen from above and taken part in. Perhaps a dual John Fernandez at the next festival I go to will work. Their huge rendition of ‘Waking the Demon’ closed the set and it was obvious, the sense of nostalgia that was brought back to all these teenagers souls, had them all yearning for more. (9/10)

The Black Keys’ ‘Gold on the Ceiling’ had already seemingly become the song of the festival, after it was chosen as the BBC coverage’s trail. So when the Black Keys did emerge it was to be greeted by possibly one of the biggest crowds of the weekend. And rightly so, as with a brilliant record like ‘El Camino’ the band deserve the success they have seen in the USA to be translated to the UK audiences.

Dan Auerbach bossed the stage from start to finish, delivering pinpoint vocals combined with some brilliant guitar work, while Patrick Carney on drums kept the set chugging along like a train through the Old West. Final track ‘Lonely Boy’ provoked a singalong, which this band deserves and shows that their success in the UK is to continue.

And so the final act of the weekend approaches.

The Foo Fighters. With Dave Grohl returning to headline Reading 20 years after Nirvana headlined their last and most infamous UK show.

It was always going to be emotional, with the awful events of what happened in the months after that gig fresh in everyone’s minds 20 years on. The band’s epic arrival to ‘White Limo’ set the tone. It was a rock show first and foremost, and the cute/emotional stuff would come much later in the mammoth 3-hour set. The audience were on their toes to attention as Grohl, Hawkins, Shifflett, Mendel and Smear raced through hit after hit, running off huge crowd pleasers like ‘All My Life’ and ‘My Hero’ at breakneck speed.

It seemed like a standard Foo set, until Grohl dedicated a song each to his daughters Violet and Harper. Then it got even deeper as he dedicated ‘These Days’ to Krist Novoselic and the late Kurt Cobain. The standard Foo Fighter set recipe then was changed, as Dave ran through songs that hadn’t been aired in years, including one of my personal favourite Foo songs ‘Alone + Easy Target,’ as well as ‘Winnebago’, ‘Exhausted’ and ‘For All The Cows’.

It was obviously an emotional set for Grohl, but coupled with the sheer intensity of the moment, it really made for a Reading Festival defining set. Foo Fighters 2012 at Reading Festival will go down as one of the biggest and most important gigs of the Festival’s history and I was there. (10/10)


The Black Keys / December 2012 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 5th September 2012 at 8:30 am

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, aka the Black Keys, have announced a series of arena dates for December. Tickets are on sale now.

Friday 7th December 2012 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Saturday 8th December 2012 – Glasgow SECC
Sunday 9th December 2012 – Birmingham NIA
Tuesday 11th December 2012 – Manchester Arena
Wednesday 12th December 2012 – London O2
Thursday 13th December 2012 – London O2


Video of the Moment #839: The Black Keys

By on Sunday, 10th June 2012 at 10:00 am

Here is the new promo video for ‘Gold on the Ceiling’ from the Black Keys. Er…not even going to try and explain this one. Just watch it below.



Preview: Coachella 2012

By on Tuesday, 10th January 2012 at 4:00 pm

The Californian music festival behemoth Coachella revealed their final line-up on Monday. Instead of taking place on just one weekend and risk the wrath of people shut out of tickets, the festival chose to take an unusual (while dubiously opportunistic) tack and have decided to repeat the festival line-up for two weekends in a row (13-15 April and 20-22 April). Headliners will be the Black Keys (Fridays the 13th and 20th; pictured above), Radiohead (Saturdays the 14th and 21st) and Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg (Sundays the 15th and 22nd).

But maybe you’re not in it for the headliners. (I wouldn’t be.) Let’s see who else is on the list. Hot ticket bands Bon Iver, M83, the Horrors, along with the reunited Pulp, as well as American indie favourites Girls and Other Lives and Manchester legends James are set to appear on Fridays. Canadians Godspeed You! Black Emperor, an influence of countless bands we’ve featured here on TGTF, is scheduled to play on Saturdays, as are Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Manchester Orchestra and UK acts as varied as Laura Marling, the Big Pink and We Were Promised Jetpacks. The Sundays will see performances by the recently reformed Texas band At the Drive-In, heavy hitters Florence and the Machine and Justice, along with UK bands criminally in small print of Metronomy, Wild Beasts and Fanfarlo. (I think you can tell why I’m less than impressed!)

Tickets are on sale now for the second weekend (the first weekend is sold out). General tickets to the second weekend are $285 (approximately £184 at the time of this writing), VIP tickets are $665 (£429); both prices do not include additional shipping and service charges. For more information on tickets, visit the official Coachella Web site. For the complete line-up, you can read the official Coachella line-up poster here.


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