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Concert news

This morning, The Black Keys confirmed they'll be heading out on a fairly lengthy North American tour, beginning in September. It kicks off in Columbus, OH and wraps in Kansas City, MO, just before Christmas.

The upcoming tour is in support of their album, "Turn Blue," slated for release on May 13. "Turn Blue" marks the band's eighth album and is their first record since 2011's "El Camino."

See below for a selection of tour dates and visit the The Black Keys page for more information on tickets.


2012 Coachella lineup announced

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The lineup for this year's Coachella festival was just announced, and it sounds like it's going to be a doozy! For the first time ever, the festival will span two weekends, with dozens of performers April 13-15 and 20-22.

Radiohead will be the main event, headlining the festival and closing out both Saturday night lineups. The Black Keys will take on both Fridays, and hip-hop legends Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg will close out the weekends, performing both Sunday nights. Other big names performing throughout the festival include Bon Iver, David Guetta, Florence and the Machine, Arctic Monkeys and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

If you're looking for tickets, TicketNetwork has three-day passes for both weekends. For more information about the festival and a full list of performers, check out Coachella's official site.

The Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys announce U.S. tour dates

Rock bands The Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys will take to the stage together next March. The blues-rock and indie-rock bands will kick off the slate of tour dates on March 2 in Cincinnati, OH. The two bands will give 15 concerts before signing off on March 23 in Norfolk, VA. Other cities the bands will visit include Detroit, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and Minneapolis.

Chart showing normalized changes in ticket sales from 2007-2011 for The Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys.
Click to see full size. Chart is normalized, based on data from the TicketNetwork Exchange*. Arctic Monkeys didn't have a 2008 tour.

The Black Keys are touring in promotion of their newest album El Camino, which will be released tomorrow. The band, which has released six previous albums, was established in 2001 and since then has steadily risen to prominence. Since 2007, for example, the number of tickets sold on the TicketNetwork Exchange has risen by at least 40% every year*.

Their touring partners, Arctic Monkeys, were formed in 2002, and were actually the more in-demand act until last year, when The Black Keys surpassed them in ticket sales. A longer tour this year helped them sell more tickets, though The Black Keys remain more popular.