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The Black Keys keep it lean at Royal Farms Arena
The Black Keys keep it lean at Royal Farms Arena

At the moment, mainstream rock ’n’ roll no longer affects the Zeitgeist like it did in previous decades. We’ve had the same cast of rock stars -- Bono, Chris Martin, Dave Grohl -- for what feels like an eternity. And this week’s Billboard Hot 100 looks like any other week this year: Pop stars, rappers, R&B singers, country artists, indie-pop one-hit-wonders and almost no traditional rock stars. (Pop-punkers Fall Out Boy at No. 28 and the insufferable Imagine Dragons at No. 56 are the closest exceptions.) In terms of exciting and engaging guitar-driven music, 2014 is a bland state of affairs. Recent years past have felt no different. The Black Keys -- the...

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