The Black Keys

The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel, Dec. 30

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney treated a capacity crowd to the first of two nights of gritty rock ’n’ roll. The Keys, joined by touring members Gus Seyffert and John Wood, came out firing with “Howlin’ for You” and “Next Girl” off the triple-Grammy-winning album Brothers. They turned up the energy with “Gold on the Ceiling.” The original duo then dug into their catalog for “Thickfreakness” and “Girl is on My Mind,” executing to perfection their garage-rock style that put them and Akron, Ohio, on the map. As the band moved to jamming the Zeppelinesque “Little Black Submarines,” the scene exploded with energy and set the tone for the remainder of the 20-song show, which included the crowd-pleaser “Lonely Boy” and closer “I Got Mine.” Between Auerbach’s slick guitar skills, Carney’s feverish pounding on the drums and the high-wattage light display onstage, The Joint was alive, amplified and blazing on this night.‌ ★★★★☆

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