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Dan Auerbach with Hacienda, Hacienda, Those Darlins 

When: Fri., March 6, 9 p.m. 2009
Price: $20
I was skeptical when I heard that Danger Mouse produced last year’s Black Keys album, Attack & Release, but it turned out to be a savvy move for the blues-rock duo—they were running out of ideas for their guitar-and-drums format, and Danger Mouse really helped them open up their sound, bringing in guests and adding his own dark aura to the mixes. Keep It Hid (Nonesuch), the first solo album from Black Keys singer and guitarist Dan Auerbach, suggests he was energized by that process: it’s still essentially outsize blues-rock, but he cleverly incorporates other stripes of roots music, including bits of folk, bluegrass, and soul. Auerbach produced the record and played most of the instruments, and despite his studio atavism—he used almost exclusively analog gear, including old-school effects like plate reverb and tape echo—it sounds pretty modern thanks to the blend of styles. The heavy wallop of the drums is totally contemporary, in sharp contrast to the Farfisa licks and mono-era tremolo guitar, and the album jumps nimbly from stark country blues to sludgy 12-bar stomp to retrofitted rural soul. Tonight he’s backed by Austin’s Hacienda, who’ll play a set of their own before Auerbach goes on. Those Darlins open. —Peter Margasak

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