The dude in the The Black Keys really likes to speak his mind. Um, more power to him I guess. Recently he called Sean Parker (founder of Napster and investor in Spotify) an asshole for "figuring out ways to steal royalties from artists."
For the sixth installment of his "View from the Back" column, Paul Shirley looks at the immense popularity of The Black Keys from a new perspective. Head to the replies to read "The Black Keys and the Artist's American Dream," where Paul discusses the tipping point for the band and how it was able to reach millions of people after starting out relatively small in 2003. Remember that you can contact Paul via his Twitter or send him an email.
The Black Keys will be on the cover of the next issue of Rolling Stone. And they're not pulling punches. In a recently released excerpt, found here, the band takes direct aim at Nickeback. Personally, I love seeing this kind of honesty from artists. Plus, it always helps when the punching bag deserves it.
Check out an exclusive video interview with The Black Keyshere. We are also giving away three vinyl copies (each including the full-length CD) of their latest album, Attack and Release, to the first three people that e-mail me asking for it. Cool interview? Free stuff? This post is full of win.
The Black Keys have signed to Nonesuch Records, after previously being on Fat Possum Records. They will be releasing their fourth album, Magic Potion on September 12th. Don't forget that they will be opening for Radiohead on their Montreal, New York and Chicago dates this summer.