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The 20 Most Restless Acts in Music Today

on June 28, 2012, 12:01am
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The Black Keys

black keys feat The 20 Most Restless Acts in Music Today

Stress Level: 8.2 out of 10.0
Estimated Blood Pressure:  159/99

With their recent megasuccess over the last two years, it’s easy to forget The Black Keys have been one of the hardest working duos around for a decade plus. Their release cycle through seven records has been relentless, yet recent news of an eighth in the works mere months after El Camino hit, itself recorded following canceled tour dates behind Brothers due partially to “exhaustion”, still seems stupefying. Through it all, they maintain a major road presence, headlining festivals across the globe (at the time of writing, they have 13 scheduled appearances left this year, many happening in different countries on the same weekend). Last year, they performed on Saturday Night Live an almost unheard of two times, and appeared with Anthony Bourdain on No Reservations to boot. On top of all that, and despite prior hesitations, they license their music to commercials and TV shows everywhere, suing those who don’t ask permission. These Akron boys have been seen all over these past two years, and it doesn’t look like they’ll become scarce anytime soon. -Ben Kaye

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