The Chart Show: The Black Keys' 'Fever' rises

by Mark Wheat

Dan Auerbach (foreground) and Patrick Carney comprise the Nashville-based rock duo, The Black Keys.
Dan Auerbach (foreground) and Patrick Carney comprise the Nashville-based rock duo, The Black Keys. (Danny Clinch)
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Jack White lost again to his nemesis the Black Keys for this week's top spot, but he seems to be winning friends with his live show. Rolling Stone described his Los Angeles performance, "like watching Led Zeppelin play the Grand Ole Opry: raw blues power, finesse and a generous helping of fiddle." That didn't stop Jack dissing the venerable rag on stage at the huge Bonnaroo Festival last weekend. "Does a tabloid like Rolling Stone make music happen?" he asked the crowd. "You and I make it exist!"

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After talking White while touring with the Raconteurs, I know Jack likes football and is pleased that so many fans love to sing "Seven Nation Army" at matches. Not sure how the Black Keys feel about the beautiful game, but they have been used in a new mix for BBC Radio 1Xtra's MistaJam that producer Diplo released to celebrate the World Cup. Rolling Stone reports that, "The obvious highlight is the transition between Kanye's 'Black Skinhead' to the Black Keys' 'Howlin' for You,' as he pairs the former's 'blacked out on yo' ass' vocal sample and soccer-friendly beat with Dan Auerbach's snarling vocal hook and distorted guitar."

There's a ton more music that has been made for the Brazil games and I talked about songs that have been linked to the festival of footie with John Schaffer, another soccer-mad public radio host for WNYC.

Haley Bonar flying a prop plane?!?! She looks darn convincing doing it, too, in a new video we posted last week. She's the highest new entry with the second song to chart from her new record, Last War.

The Hold Steady are also new with the another song off Teeth Dreams. They're playing with their buddies Drive By Truckers on the East coast next week and are on the bill for the massive Summerfest in Milwaukee July 3. They're also a part of this year's stellar line up at the Minnesota Zoo on July 5.

80/35 Festival on July 4 and 5 features Conor Oberst, Dawes, Dr. Dog, Ziggy Marley, Boy and Bear, Best Coast, Caroline Smith, and more. It's a nice summer road trip from the Twin Cities at Western Gateway Park, in Des Moines, IA. Conor is brand new at #14 with "You Are Your Mother's Child," a song that he debuted in a session with us last year.

Climbing five to #12 this week, Courtney Barnett. She'll be at Varsity Theater next Tuesday, June 24 and then whiz over to UK for Glastonbury next weekend.

Minnesota State Fair Grandstand on Saturday August 30 along with Doomtree, Brother Ali, Cloud Cult, Cactus Blossoms and Har Mar Superstar!

TW LW Wks The Current Chart Show
Artist Song
1 2 10 The Black Keys Fever
2 4 5 Jack White Lazaretto
3 1 10 tUnE-yArDs Water Fountain
4 6 8 First Aid Kit My Silver Lining
5 7 9 Phantogram Howling At The Moon
6 5 6 Jeremy Messersmith It's Only Dancing
7 3 3 Broken Bells Control
8 10 8 HAIM Forever
9 X 1 Haley Bonar Kill The Fun
10 8 3 Eels Mistakes Of My Youth
11 13 2 Lucius Don't Just Sit There
12 17 2 Courtney Barnett History Eraser
13 18 8 Sam Smith Stay With Me
14 X 1 Conor Oberst You Are Your Mother's Child
15 15 4 Max Frost White Lies
16 14 10 Arcade Fire Afterlife
17 16 2 Bob Mould I Don't Know You Anymore
18 X 1 The Hold Steady Wait A While
19 9 5 Beck Waking Light
20 19 3 Future Islands Seasons (Waiting On You)

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