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Black Keys Are Band of 'Brothers'

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Indie blues rockers The Black Keys will play Soma on Sept. 25.

Vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney formed the band in those heady days at the turn of the millennium and shot to fame with the release of their 2002 debut, The Big Come Up. Since then, they've gained fans across the globe, including the likes of Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, as well as members of Radiohead and Metallica.

Since The Big Come Up, the band has released seven studio albums and a hip-hop collaboration called Blackroc, which features Mos Def, Ol' Dirty Bastard, RZA and others. The duo's most recent effort, Brothers, was released in May. The album sold 73,000 albums in its first week, earning a No. 3 ranking on the Billboard Albums chart, a Black Keys milestone.

These hard rockin’ Ohians have played San Diego on many occasions, and they always bring the show. They're known for their stripped-down aesthetic, but don't confuse that with a lack of a full sound. The energy in the room will more than compensate for the lack of extra band members.

Their Sept. 25 show ("pop noir” singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins will open) has been sold out for months, but don't let that discourage you. If you head over to Owl and Bear before Sept. 17, you can enter our contest for your chance to win two tickets.

T. Loper is a writer for the San Diego music blog Owl and Bear.

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