Out And About: The Black Keys at Roseland Ballroom
  • MONDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2014

  • Posted by: Anthony Toto

On a Friday night in New York City, The Black Keys stripped down brand of rock n' roll bounced off the walls of the Roseland Ballroom for Citi Presents: An Evening with Legends. The echo rang loudly with a 16-song set keeping the audience on its feet throughout the entire event.

The beauty of witnessing a high-octane rock show in a smaller venue was reflected as the duo's chemistry emanated from the stage. Bands with such magnitude of headlining Madison Square Garden often lose insight of the intimacy of playing a historic venue like Roseland, however, The Black Keys seemed to genuinely thrive off the sweaty energy of the packed crowd. Vocalist/Guitarist Dan Auerbach often walked towards the edge of the stage to soak in the outpouring of love, and the Roseland crowd lashed out with The Black Keys by jumping, dancing, and screaming along to every song.

Aeurbach's guitar tone packed a mean punch with its muzzling fuzz ripping through the amplifiers. The distortion coming from his riffs combined with Patrick Carney's drumming pumped the collective heartbeat up a few notches. In his own awkward fashion, his drumming is dynamic as he lurches over the kit, often looking uncomfortable, yet his backbeat finds its own voice that seamlessly complements the bluesy riffs coming from Auerbach.

Headlining the event 'Citi Presents: An Evening With Legends' for card members after performing at Howard Stern's Birthday Bash earlier in the evening, the band played a setlist of its biggest hits and with a heavy hand of cuts from 2011's El Camino. If The Black Keys transition even an ounce of the immortal energy of their live concert on Friday onto their forthcoming album, due out later this year, we'd be shocked to find any fan disappointed.

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