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3 lesser-known alternatives to The Black Keys
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Rock duo The Black Keys have developed into one of the preeminent (the preeminent?) rock band of the 2000s. They churn out successful record after successful record and have hardly stopped for air. 2014 saw them release "Turn Blue," their eighth studio album, and it didn't disappoint. Above, hear the album's title track. It's great.
But maybe you're looking for more. I know I am - while I don't deny the virtue of their success, The Black Keys aren't my favorite, despite them playing pretty much exactly the kind of music that I like. So, if you're anything like me, you are looking for something slightly different. Here are three great, similar alternatives.
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1. Heartless Bastards

Heartless Bastards actually owe part of their success to The Black Keys, who acted as a middle-man in passing along a demo tape to their record label, Fat Possum Records.
They're also from Ohio, and have already released four full-length albums, with a fifth, "Restless Ones," due to be released sometime this month. Below is NPR's First Listen to the record, and early signs point to success.
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2. The Dead Weather

The Dead Weather represent the harder rock side of The Black Keys, but the comparison is there to be drawn. It's a supergroup made up of Jack White along with others, including former members of The Raconteurs, Queens of the Stone Age, and The Kills. Unconfirmed reports suggest that there's another album coming from The Dead Weather in 2015, which would be their third.
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3. Them Crooked Vultures

Another supergroup, formed by former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. A little less blues-y than The Black Keys, perhaps, but they could scratch an itch.
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I'd probably recommend Hanni El Khatib too. Dan Auerbach actually produced one of his albums, and he's got a really similar gritty, reverb-heavy sound.
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