Posted in music | pictures on May 13, 2014

photos by Ryan Barkan

The Black Keys @ 'Live on Letterman' 5/12/2014
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The Black Keys' new album, Turn Blue, is out today (5/13) and the band celebrated its release with an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. A little different than most Letterman live performances, The Black Keys played outside the Ed Sullivan Theatre, digging into "It's Up to You Now" and "Fever." The band then did a 35-minute set for the outdoor crowd as part of their "Live on Letterman" web series. Video of both the televised songs and pictures and video of the "Live on Letterman" set are in this post.

This followed another high-profile appearance for the band, having played Saturday Night Live over the weekend. The band will be back in NYC when their tour hits Brooklyn's Barclays Center on September 24 with Cage the Elephant. Tickets for that show are still available.

Video and more pics from "Live on Letterman" below...

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The Black Keys - "Fever" on 'Letterman'

The Black Keys - "Fever" on 'Letterman'

The Black Keys 'Live on Letterman' full set

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Comments (48)

black lips, black keys, black eye peas.. whats the difference?!

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 12:00 PM

you would think that after 10+ years as a band, Patrick Carney would learn how to play the drums better than a 6 year old

embarrassing

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 12:01 PM

He really is a mediocre drummer

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 12:07 PM

yawncore

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 12:10 PM

Horrible band

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 12:13 PM

The worst of the nerds tended to pair off.

Thereā€™d always be one who was a squirrelly, introverted spastic, and one who was a tiny bit better-looking and had maybe kissed a girl but was still a complete dweeb.

Of course, the squirrelly one secretly thinks that his dapper friend is the coolest dude in the universe and is eaten up by jealousy, and the dapper one secretly thinks that the squirrelly one is cramping his style.

Posted by Dr. David Thorpe | May 13, 2014 12:20 PM

They were always pretty cheesy but their new stuff is just horrendous. Who does this appeal to? Frat bro white kids who think real blues music is just a little too raw?

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 12:20 PM

Meanwhile, the entire non-content part of this blog is one huge Black Keys album ad. I

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 12:28 PM

It's not that he's such a bad drummer per se...it's that he's got such a wack, awkward style that he makes every single thing he does, including relatively simple stuff, look super difficult.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 12:34 PM

^^^ Nope, wrong. He's not a good drummer.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 12:47 PM

I think in the bigger picture - it is good that a band like this is in the spotlight.

As with anything, over exposure and saturation turn things unpalatable quickly.

Ultimately, I applaud a band like this being "commercial" - but I don't really want to listen to it.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 12:57 PM

12:47, I'm curious to what your reasoning is behind him not being a good drummer. Honest question. Thoughts?

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 1:01 PM

"Are those your drums?"

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 1:11 PM

drumMEHr, guitMEHrist and coMEHdian - a matched set!

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 1:13 PM

this band(?) is such a ripoff. white stripes anyone?

i STILL can't believe that the mighty arctic monkeys opened for these yokels.

why does the american public embrace mediocrity?

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 1:14 PM

Post city boyz hate:

The Black Keys
Festival Lineups
Women in bands except Annie St. Vincent
City Nostalgia
Carz
Hearty Meals
Honesty about the Big Town
"The 'burbs"
"Bros"
Lack of city cred
Adult roommatez

Posted by Mr Foot Fetish | May 13, 2014 1:27 PM

Their first four albums are great. Then they hired Danger Mouse, their stuff became more approachable and the hate from the kids who think they are too cool for school quickly followed.

I went to their pre-Super Bowl Roseland show. It sucked. Not because the music is bad, but because it was a sea of cell phones held up by broey douchebags -- that's what ultimately kills an otherwise good band. Same holds true for Arcade Fire and any other band that quickly went from playing clubs to headlining arenas.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 1:36 PM

Don't blame the fans. The Black Keys got shittier.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 1:40 PM

they are simply pandering to the lowest common denominator. in this case, that's also helping them make a shit ton of money. they grunted it out in the trenches for years, i don't begrudge these guys their success one bit. they're getting older, too, which brings different responsibilities, sensibilities and priorities. i realize most readers of this site won't understand that, but still.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 1:47 PM

You know this album is gonna be blastin from every wburg condo this summer. Well, more like played at a respectful volume thru shitty ipod speakers

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 2:08 PM

1:14, I certainly am not going to defend this band for originality ... but if you're going to hold up The White Stripes as the benchmark for doing something original, you might want to look up a little band from Athens called The Flat Duo Jets. Once you do that, you can then talk to me about doing something new.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 2:18 PM

yup. j. white's been on record many times for mentioning how he's ripped of flat duo jets. 1:14 got served, beetch.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 2:19 PM

The concept of a two-piece band is not what defines them. And for all touring intents and purposes the black keys are now a quartet (whereas the White Stripes NEVER had touring back-up musicians).

The Black Keys are different enough from the White Stripes -- that's never been the issue for me. The Stripes grew organically...The Black Keys started working with a famous producer who made their music more catchy and approachable to a main stream audience. They did this after 4 or 5 albums of success that can be described mediocre at best (despite the music itself being top rate). Not saying I love the newer stuff, but they get a pass.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 2:29 PM

"I went to their pre-Super Bowl Roseland show. It sucked. Not because the music is bad, but because it was a sea of cell phones held up by broey douchebags --"

Funny, this is the same audience at all shows, just relative. The best move is to stay home and give up on "concerts" all together. The performance is in the music, not "live". Save $

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 2:37 PM

^ wrong. Just ignorantly wrong. You've clearly never gone to see anyone actually worth seeing who puts their heart and soul into a show. You should try it some time.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 2:39 PM

i didn't get "served" A-HOLE who posted at 2:19. i got EDUCATED. heard OF flat duo jets but never HEARD them.

thanks to a sensibly written post, i WILL check them out.

white stripes are not originators (hell, ALL r&r was stolen from black music) but i still contend that black keys are a ripoff's ripoff.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 2:41 PM

I like the differences pointed out in 2:29. While TWS changed with each album, it was organic and following Jack's vision. Personally, I was following Meg's boobies, whatever. To each his/her own. The B Keys got bigger and more catchy with famous people behind the boards and a more watered-down sound. #Fail

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 2:44 PM

1:14 totally got served

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 2:47 PM

^Butthurt.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 2:55 PM

The pictures are slightly better than the band.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 2:56 PM

What are "Post City Boyz"? Im into it.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 2:57 PM

It's not a ripoff. It's a function of something selling and a competing label pushing their own version of that fad, which they now realize they can make $ on.

The White Stripes make a two-piece garage band viable to a label, here come The Black Keys. Amy Winehouse comes along some suit decides that the kids want a soulful white girl with pipes, hello Adele, please sign on this dotted line. Same thing happened with grunge in the early 90s -- after Nirvana made it big, all of a sudden your Pearl Jams, Soundgarden's, Alices in Chains had big label backing. I can guarantee you that Dan Auerbach didn't hear The White Stripes and was like, oooooh, I'm gonna make my own version of it. He was already around, doing his own thing and was doing it at a time when Warner Music decided it would be a good thing to invest in. Call me jaded...

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 2:59 PM

if by "served," 2:47, you mean you serviced me (or are desperate to), then i guess you're correct.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 3:09 PM

Dude has a better voice than Jack White. Less annoying.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 3:24 PM

2:59, actually the grunge bands that you named all had major label backing before Nirvana made it big.

that aside, auerbach may have the most punchable face in music. who cares who did what first, but all black keys are is music for advertising. they're more a present day moby than a white stripes pastiche. oops, i mean flat duo jets pastiche...

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 3:29 PM

@2:39...I've seen nearly everybody worth seeing, big show, small shows...they're all the same now. Just sound like the record..whatever. Not putting it down, just not worth it anymore for me anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 3:29 PM

SERVED! AND COMING BACK FOR MORE!
KEEP IT COMING SISTER, I'VE GOT ALL DAY TO SLAP YOUR FACE.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 3:32 PM

@2:39, forgot to mention I was at that Keys show at Roseland, I liked Albert Hammond a bit, no one seemed to be paying attention though, late arriving crowd. The keys set was greatest 'hits'.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 3:35 PM

To mr competing labels guy: white stripes and black keys were under the same roof until recently.

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 3:37 PM

THE BLACK KEYS RULE. YOU'RE PASTY CITY BOYS

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 4:11 PM

damn, 1:14 is everyones bitch

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 4:14 PM

..... Maynard is joined by Zed the pawnshop's security guard; they take Marsellus to another room to rape him, leaving a silent masked figure referred to as *1:14* to watch a tied-up Butch. Butch breaks loose and knocks out *1:14*

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 4:29 PM

Whose black rebel motorcycle is this?

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 5:00 PM

these aren't the droids you're looking for

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 5:17 PM

blueshammer sucks caaaaack....

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 5:44 PM

I thought Zed was a police officer?

Spider come in, we got somethin caught in the web

Posted by Anonymous | May 13, 2014 5:55 PM

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2014 11:18 AM

It's a dark and deep album. It's clear Dan Auerbach was going through some tough personal matters when writing it. The whole album is basically an open letter to his ex-wife. Lyrically, it's probably their most complete album and this is not far off from what they put together for 'Attack & Release'. It has the same vibe. Check out my full review, song by song along with other album, concert and music reviews at http://www.wevebeentherebefore.com

Posted by We've Been There Before | May 15, 2014 12:35 PM

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