Always a spine-throttling live act, Akron power duo the Black Keys are touring behind the album of their careers: a multi-hued blues-rock-based song set produced by Gnarls Barkley maestro Danger Mouse, who'd originally asked the Keys to write songs for an album by Ike Turner and collaborated from there. After Turner's death, the unused R&B workouts and ballads became unwitting vehicles for the heretofore under-tested soul inflections of Keys vocalist Dan Auerbach, whose distinctly everyhuman quaver is closer in spirit and effect to the pained cry of fellow Ohioans Heartless Bastards than to the opaque, attitudinal mouth-noise-making of Jack White. Fans of both of the above should not miss this. Opening for the Black Crowes. All Ages.
Sat., Aug. 30, 7:30 p.m., 2008