When you stop and think about it, most bands that play this valley's biggest venues are either radio darlings or have careers that stretch back to Reagan's first White House term.
Enter The Black Keys. Starting in 2001, and having really only achieved mainstream awareness with 2008's "Attack and Release," this band has earned the ability to play big venues the hard way. And now, here they are headlining a gig Wednesday night with fellow DIY indie stars Arctic Monkeys at West Valley City's roughly 10,000-seat Maverik Center.
The Keys—featuring bluesy riffmeister Dan Auerbach and hellfire's own drummer, Patrick Carney—have become this big solely through hard work, great results and word-of-mouth. By the time they started hitting magazine covers a few years ago, they had already become a success—not vice versa.
One of rock's top live acts, the Keys are out touring behind 2011's "El Camino," and they will likely deliver another in a long series of solid SLC performances dating back to at least 2003. Maybe some of you have seen each show, but it's more likely that this week's concert will feature a ton of youngsters seeing the band for the first time. And they'll probably come back someday, too. Ticketmaster.com has tickets for the concert, starting at $32.
Also this week:
Don't miss Monday night's Urban Lounge gig with Southern California indie-rockers Delta Spirit, headlining a show that also features Waters and Tijuana Panthers. Delta Spirit write terrific songs and tour like crazy. Tickets are $15 and still available at 24tix.com.