Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Black Keys' "Turn Blue" out today on Nonesuch Records, The Colbert Report tonight

“…the best, most consistently gripping album the Keys have ever made…Turn Blue is as apocalyptic, in its way, as that Clash epic [London Calling]: loaded with risk, distress and payoff.”—Rolling Stone

The Black Keys’ highly anticipated new album, Turn Blue, is out today on Nonesuch Records. Produced by Danger MouseDan Auerbach andPatrick CarneyTurn Blue comprises 11 new tracks, including the first single, “Fever,” which is currently #1 on Alternative radio and #1 on AAA radio for the fifth straight week. Additionally, NPR Music calls the album, “…expansive and irresistibly catchy,” while USA Today praises, “…an engrossing collection that takes daring leaps while embracing the primal energy and minimalism of the duo's early records.”

In celebration of the release, the duo recently returned to Saturday Night Live for their third musical guest appearance, performing “Fever” and “Bullet in the Brain.” The band also performed  “Fever” and “It’s Up to You Now” on last night’s Late Show with David Letterman in addition to performing a longer set, from a stage on a closed-down West 54th Street, for the Live on Letterman online series. The band continues its whirlwind release week schedule with a return to The Colbert Report tonight.

The Black Keys will embark on an extensive North American tour this fall with special guests Cage The Elephant, Jake Bugg and St. Vincent. Promoted exclusively by Live Nation, the tour begins September 5 at Columbus, Ohio’s Schottenstein Center and runs through December, with dates at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, among others. See next pages for complete worldwide tour details. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting this Friday, May 16 at 10:00 A.M. local time.
Turn Blue was recorded at Sunset Sound in L.A. during the summer of 2013 with additional recording done at the Key Club in Benton Harbor, MI and Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound in Nashville in early 2014. Of the new album, the band says Turn Blue could refer to: 

A: Suffocation
B: Sadness
C: Numbness from extreme cold
D: A Cleveland late night TV host from the 1960s named Ghoulardi
E: All of the above

Carney also adds, “We are always trying to push ourselves when we make a record—not repeat our previous work but not abandon it either. On this record, we let the songs breathe and explored moods, textures and sounds. We’re excited for the world to hear Turn Blue.”

This is the eighth full-length album from the duo and follows 2011’s critically and commercially acclaimed El Camino, which is now certified RIAA Platinum. Internationally, El Camino is Gold in Belgium, Spain, Italy and Holland; Platinum in Ireland, France and the U.K.; and double Platinum in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The record also resulted in three awards at the 55th annual Grammy Awards—Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album. The band now has a total of six Grammy Awards including three in 2010 for their breakout, RIAA Platinum album, Brothers.

May 16                                                      Gulf Shores, AL                                   Hangout Music Fest
June 20                                           Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany                            Southside Festival
June 22                                                   Scheessel, Germany                                   Hurricane Festival
June 24                                                      Zagreb, Croatia                                         Inmusic Festival 
June 25                                                         Pilton, U.K.                                                  Glastonbury
June 27                                                 St. Gallen, Switzerland              Open Air St. Gallen (sold out)
June 28                                                   Beuningen, Holland                           Down The Rabbit Hole
July 2                                                         Gdansk, Poland                                             Open’er Festival
July 4                                                     Pas-de-Calais, France                              Main Square Festival
July 5                                                       Werchter, Belgium                               Festivalpark Werchter
July 6                                                         Belfort, France                                           Les Eurockennes
July 8                                                            Rome, Italy                                                  Rock In Rome
July 11                                                      Lisboa, Portugal                                               Optimus Alive
July 12                                                         Bilbao, Spain                                        Bilbao – BBK Live
July 15                                                        Nîmes, France                                            Festival de Nîmes
  July 17                                             Les Vieilles Charrues, France                       Les Vieilles Charrues
July 20                                                        Suffolk, U.K.                                              Latitude Festival
July 22                                                     Nyon, Switzerland                                           Paleo Festival
September 5                                               Columbus, OH                                 Schottenstein Center*
September 6                                                Cleveland, OH                               Quicken Loans Arena*
September 7                                             Grand Rapids, MI                                   Van Andel Arena*
 September 9                                               Milwaukee, WI                      BMO Harris Bradley Center*
September 10                                              Louisville, KY                                     KFC Yum! Center*
September 12                                                Detroit, MI                                            Joe Louis Arena*
 September 13                                              Pittsburgh, PA                           CONSOL Energy Center*
September 14                                              Rochester, NY                                      Blue Cross Arena*
September 16                                               Toronto, ON                                      Air Canada Centre*
September 18                                              Montreal, QC                                                  Bell Centre*
  September 20                                            Philadelphia, PA                                  Wells Fargo Center*
September 21                                                Boston, MA                                                    TD Garden*
September 24                                              Brooklyn, NY                                         Barclays Center*
September 25                                            Washington, DC                                        Verizon Center*
September 27                                                Chicago, IL                                             United Center*
October 24                                               Minneapolis, MN                                          Target Center†
October 25                                                  Winnipeg, MB                                              MTS Centre†
 October 27                                                   Calgary, AB                              Scotiabank Saddledome†
October 28                                                 Edmonton, AB                                              Rexall Place†
          October 30                                                 Vancouver, BC                                       Pacific Coliseum†           
October 31                                                   Portland, OR                                                Moda Center†
November 1                                                  Seattle, WA                                                      KeyArena†
  November 9                                                San Diego, CA                       Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl†
November 10                                               Phoenix, AZ                                   U.S. Airways Center†
November 12                                           Salt Lake City, UT                                      Maverik Center†
November 13                                                Denver, CO                                                Pepsi Center†
November 15                                               Houston, TX                                            Toyota Center†
November 16                                                 Dallas, TX                             American Airlines Center†
December 4                                                Baltimore, MD                                       Baltimore Arena‡
December 5                                                  Raleigh, NC                                                   PNC Arena‡
December 6                                                Richmond, VA                                Richmond Colliseum‡
December 8                                                 Nashville, TN                                     Bridgestone Arena‡
December 9                                                 St. Louis, MO                                        Scottrade Center‡
December 11                                                Atlanta, GA                                              Philips Arena‡
 December 12                                               Charlotte, NC                          Time Warner Cable Arena‡
  December 13                                               Greenville, SC                     Bon Secours Wellness Arena‡
December 15                                           Ft. Lauderdale, FL                                         BB&T Center‡
December 16                                                 Tampa, FL                            Tampa Bay Times Forum‡
December 17                                                Orlando, FL                                            Amway Center‡
December 19                                                 Austin, TX                                      Frank Erwin Center‡
December 20                                                  Tulsa, OK                                                  BOK Center‡
December 21                                             Kansas City, MO                                           Sprint Center‡
*with special guest Cage The Elephant
†with special guest Jake Bugg
‡with special guest St. Vincent

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