Fresh off last year’s triumph with Brothers, the Black Keys have moved fast to cement their status as one of the top acts in modern rock today. It’s always nice to see a group that has worked so hard to finally succeed, and Brothers surprising commercial success made the Keys one of 2010′s feel-good stories, especially for those (like myself) who had long turned off most modern rock stations out of sheer boredom. El Camino drops next Tuesday, and it’s more straightforward throwback rock ‘n roll sound is likely to be gobbled up by those who liked “Tighten Up.” “Dead And Gone” is the second track off the album, hurtling out the gate with a pounding beat and Dan Auerbach’s typically soulful vocals.
The Black Keys – “Dead And Gone”
Florence and the Machine’s long awaited followup to 2009′s superb debut Lungs leaked online last week, and early reviews have been stellar. I haven’t had time to really get down and dirty with Ms. Welch yet, but from my cursory time with it Celebrations is just what I want from a Florence and the Machine sophomore record. The focus is still on Ms. Welch’s lovely, ethereal vocals, but the group’s penchant for complicated arrangements and truly epic sounding songs hasn’t weakened one bit. “Lover To Lover” is a bluesier number, with a prominent piano part and the kind of singalong chorus Florence has been making in her sleep.
Florence and the Machine – “Lover To Lover”
All of a sudden Alison Mosshart is becoming one of my favorite ladies in rock. Particularly if she and bandmate Jamie Hince keep dropping bombs like this tasty blues-rock number, which is off their upcoming fourth album. I wasn’t a huge fan of Mosshart’s work in the Dead Weather, but the Kills always bring the goods. Blood Pressures is released April 4.
The Kills – “Future Starts Slow”