The Black Keys have blown up. They have gone from a band that had trouble filling up the Entry back in the day, to consistently packing First Avenue on multiple-night stands, to their biggest local gig yet, an immediately sold-out stint at Roy Wilkins. After releasing one of the strongest, most assured records of their career with Brothers, Akron duo has been on a natural ascension, one filled with a consistently growing audience, multiple Grammy Awards, and a near-ubiquitous presence on current TV advertisements. But the music is ultimately what matters most, and their soulful sound is a modern mix of garage rock and old-school blues that has certainly found its audience, while their raucous live show is always incendiary and a guaranteed good time—if you're lucky enough to have a ticket, that is. With Cage the Elephant.
Sun., July 3, 7:30 p.m., 2011