Concert review: The Black Keys leave fans ‘Howlin’ for more

By Christopher Lopez

Concert review: The Black Keys leave fans ‘Howlin’ for more

The Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys performed in Houston on Tuesday at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

As the sun was still out, the Arctic Monkeys opened the concert by playing “Brainstorm” — the track that put them on the charts and defined them as a band.

The song was riveting and so was the adrenaline and rock sound that a band of this caliber is known to deliver to its audience.

Fans of the band were touched by the intensity and power that the Arctic Monkeys delivered with the tracks “Don’t Sit Down Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair” and “If You Were There Beware.”

There were many parts of their performance that were similar to their set seen at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this year.

As their one-hour set came to a close, they played their newly released single “R U Mine?” — which was promoted on this year’s Record Store Day.

The lights dimmed in preparation for the main event of the night — The Black Keys — and the audience snapped into attention as soon as they heard the guitar riff and keyboards introduce the song “Howlin’ for You.”

The set predominately consisted of music from the band’s mainstream career.

The Black Keys performed songs from their Grammy award-winning album “Brothers” as well as tracks from their new album, “El Camino,” which was not a surprise since this is the duos first stadium sized tour.

Though they had to appease their new fans, there were also tracks that only longtime listeners of the band knew such as “I’ll Be Your Man,” which was on the band’s first full-length album.

They also played the singles that made them popular among the blues and rock crowds during the growth of the band.

“Thickfreakness” and “Your Touch” lacked nothing and sounded rugged and formidable in comparison to their album counterparts.

Guitarist and vocalist Dan Auerbach of the duo started singing “Everlasting Light” — a fan favorite from “Brothers”— as a giant disco ball propelled down from the rafters.

Finally, the track from their 2008 album “Attack and Release” that propelled The Black Keys to become more of a household name — “I Got Mine” — was performed.

There was a mellow rhythm after the second verse that was dismissed during this live jam session that was a masterfully crafted build.

As Auerbach strung his guitar, the drums kicked in exploding the sounds through the mounted speakers and onto the audience.

The wailing guitars ended the night perfectly.

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