The Black Keys, Jessica Lea Mayfield

With the new millennium, the world's most famous two-person band, The White Stripes, entered the public eye. Since then, it seems, a never-ending stream of tandems have released albums on an almost weekly basis, hoping to cash in on the success. Some have been stunning; most, like Matt & Kim, have been less than stellar.

Count Cleveland's The Black Keys in the stunning category. The Ohio twosome brings punk-infused blues rock better than almost anyone else (except, of course, for Jack and Meg). In seven years, Dan Auerbach (guitar) and Patrick Carney (drums) have released seven critically acclaimed albums, including this year's Danger Mouse-produced Attack & Release.

The Keys' Dallas date comes as the band heads farther south, to the state capital, for this year's Austin City Limits Festival. Can't make it down Interstate 35 to fight the overwhelming crowd and heat? Well, this sold-out Granada Theater gig should provide plenty enough rock 'n' roll heat on its own. Indie folk rocker and The Keys' fellow Ohioan, Jessica Lea Mayfield, opens.

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Lance Lester

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