The Black Keys & The Flaming Lips to Rock Out Consol (CP’s Tues. 4/30/13)

1) Several years ago I was driving my car and had the radio tuned to WYEP 91.3 FM, when one of the crunchiest, blues/rock songs I’ve ever heard came on. The song had killer guitar and drum work done in a tight, straight ahead, take no prisoners approach. The vocals sounded as if they were done by an old blues singer. I was loving the song and thinking to myself, “who the hell is this?” I pride myself on knowing a fair amount about music, but this song had me stumped. After hearing the song again a week later I did a search for it. The song was “Your Touch” by a group called The Black Keys. What was even more impressive was they were two young guys,  Dan Auerbach (guitarist and lead singer) and Patrick Carney (drummer, vocals) from Akron, Ohio, who had produced such a rich blues song. Well, The Black Keys have several more albums under their belt now and have gained fame as one of the best rock bands in the U.S.  Their 2011 El Camino album produced several big hits including “Gold on the Ceiling.” Opening act is The Flaming Lips. 8 p.m. Consol Energy Center, 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.

2) Maureen Budway, one of Pittsburgh’s best jazz vocalists plays the Backstage Bar at Theater Square as part of the BNY Mellon Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s JazzLive series. 5 – 7 p.m. No cover. 655 Penn Ave, Cultural District.

3)) Thunderbird Cafe’s Space Exchange series continues tonight with The Heartache Years, a country rock group. 9 p.m. No cover. 4023 Butler St., Lawrenceville.

4) Ceili Dancing will be happening at Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle tonight. Dancing starts at 7:15 p.m. with lessons for beginners; then live music and dancing go from 8 – 10 p.m. 2329 Penn Ave., Strip District.

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