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Black Keys with the Whigs


In case their increasingly heady music didn't give it away, singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney gave May LP Brothers (Nonesuch), their sixth as the Black Keys, all the hallmarks of a classic: a Muscle Shoals address, a minimally maximal album cover that simply reads, in vintage Cooper Black font and badass Howlin' Wolf fashion, "This is an album by the Black Keys. The name of this album is Brothers." As for the tunes, they take all of two bars to live up to the branding. "Everlasting Light" kicks open the doors, spins the shades and speckles the band's typically blackened blues with R&B disco-ball sparkle, with Auerbach trembling, "Let me be your everlasting light" in a tremendous shoo-wah falsetto as Carney stamps out a perpetuating eight-count engine. That's basically the whole song, and it's so fresh and funky — so Black Keys, yet so not — that the arrival of "Next Girl," as ferocious a kiss-off blues piece as any the pair has written ("My next girl, she'll be nothin' like my ex girl"), feels at first like a letdown. But for every "Cross Road" signpost, there's a skulking slow jam like "The Only One" (another '70s falsetto slayer) or psych-tinged twinge like "Howlin' For You," an openly sheepish ode to pursuit couched in Wolf's clothing. The Whigs open. Tickets $34.50. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

Sept. 21

Black Keys with the Whigs

8 p.m. Tuesday

House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

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