It's been three years since the Black Keys released their platinum seventh record, El Camino, which shot up the Billboard charts, won three Grammys, and helped pioneer a blues-tinged-garage-rock revival. But on their latest, Turn Blue (out May 13), the duo peel away from their trademark sound and experiment with psychedelic riffs, sunny synths, and swinging melodies.
From the beckoning guitars on "Bullet in the Brain" to the unforgettable lyrics of "Gotta Get Away," it's clearly an effort built for summer (and a convertible). But the pair's prolific production credits preserve their roots-rock, well, roots. Guitarist Dan Auerbach brings bluesy jams to Ray LaMontagne's Supernova (out May 6), and drummer Patrick Carney added extra grit to March's Underneath the Rainbow by Georgia rockers the Black Lips. Proof that fans can have something old and new.