Who: The Black Keys
Where: Kool Haus, Toronto
When: August 3 2010
Dirty, sex-laced blues with soul smeared on its collar.
That’s the only way to describe The Black Keys on the live stage. The Ohio twosome brought their catalogue of blues rock to Toronto and barely disappointed the sold out crowd. Reaching into Rubber Factory and Big Come Up to start, singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach swooned onlookers with raw, provocative guitar licks to the tune of drummer Patrick Carney wailing on his kit. The combination was utterly infectious, driving your average dolled-up dame to let their hair go and gyrate with a reckless need for more music.
As the packed house dwelled in their own sweat on one of the city’s hottest nights, Auerbach and Carney launched into newer material, belting out favourites like “Tighten Up” and a practically angelic vocal performance during “Everlasting Light” that was a perfect setup for the crowd surf gem “Your Touch”. But what was extremely impressive was the group’s ability to sound louder by the song, especially during “Till I Get My Way”, an ideal ending tune for a three-song encore.
The blues may hit you hard, but the feeling is quite amazing.
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