Rolling Stone rolls into Akron, rolls with Black Keys

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Rolling Stone’s (and, increasingly, the rest of the pop-culture world’s) love affair with Akron blues-rockers the Black Keys continues in its April 17 issue, no. 1050, with the Rolling Stones on the cover. On page 18, Akron’s Keys get their first major story in the rock journal, their third article in recent months. ... Complete with a picture of the blues-rawk duo, the profile takes up most of a page. Veteran RS writer Austin Scaggs hops in frontman Dan Auerbach’s Subaru Forester for a tour through the seedier parts of the Rubber City – which drummer Patrick Carney notes isn’t the so much about rubber any more. The ride through the wild side paints Akron as a city of Rustbelt romance, a wasteland of abandoned factories, a bridge that’s popular with suicidal Akronites, crackheads, bankrupt businesses, and seedy nudie bars. Clearly, they skipped Fairlawn, but it still sounds about right. The Keys discuss all the props they deservedly get for not bailing town and moving to Brooklyn. “All of our family are here, and I like Akron,” says Carney. “It just needs a boost.” And the Keys’ new album, Attack and Release, is a good start. Check out Rolling Stone’s BKs file at www.RollingStone.com/BlackKeys. -- D.X. Ferris

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