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Black Keys, the Ohio-bred rock and blues-punk outfit keep it lean and mean – just a voice, guitar and drums, and, boy, do they make one hell of a racket.

The Black Keys have been plying their trade for more than 10 years now, and have been the lucky recipients of a slow build in their popularity on these shores, moving up in sales success, and in venue size, each time they make the trip here. Their latest set of shows here continues this trend, with their most-recent, seventh album, El Camino, finding the band enjoying some of the best reviews of their career. Their Madison Square Garden gig in New York sold out in a mere 15 mins, and they found similar reactions in London, with their three-night stand at the Alexandra Palace.

Latest single Lonely Boy was a late-2011 radio hit – a cooky, catchy, rhythm-and-blues inflected slice of hi-tempo, hi-energy, rock ‘n’ roll (the oddjob one-shot video of some decidedly ‘individual’ dancing helped its fame, too). It’s sure to find favour with the crowd at the Ally Pally. And with such an extensive and diverse back catalogue, the Keys are guaranteed to pull some surprises out of the bag.

Support on all three comes from the garage rockers Band of Skulls, who are guaranteed to bring their equally gutsy, earthy, gutter soul to the proceedings.

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY
Feb 9-11. 7pm £25
Tube: Wood Green


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