The Black Keys made their third appearance on this week’s Saturday Night Live, serving as musical guests alongside host Charlize Theron. Though Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have proved their comedic chops time and time again, the duo kept it simple with a pair of performances in support of their new album, Turn Blue.
Unfortunately, their renditions of “Fever” and “Bullet in the Brain” didn’t translate across the television screen: known for their rollicking and high-energy sets, last night’s performance felt particularly uninspiring. It came off clean — too clean for a blues rock band — and Auerbach, in particular, just seemed to go through the motions. We’ll chalk this one up to SNL’s poor acoustics, but that excuse won’t fly once they hit the road and are tasked with following Annie Clark every night.
Turn Blue arrives May 13th via Nonesuch Records.
“Bullet in the Brain”: