The Black Keys (pictured) got screwed, frankly, when their tremendous album Brothers wasn't even nominated in the 2011 Best Album Grammy category. (It won Best Alternative Music Album and a strange category called Best Recording Package, while the "Tighten Up" won Best Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Not bad, but still.) Brothers was the best album of that year, a grimy collection of soulful indie-blues with melodies that stuck around a while. Singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney continued their winning streak with 2013's El Camino (Best Rock Album, and this time at least a Best Album nomination) and have since gone on to become one of the biggest live acts out there. Catch them in Hartford on July 9, with Welsh rockers The Joy Formidable opening.
The Black Keys w/The Joy Formidable
July 9, 8 p.m., $35-$79, Comcast Theatre, 61 Savitt Way, Hartford, livenation.com