New rock music that’s actually good

Black Keys front man Dan Auerbach is the kind of roots-rocker who keeps his roots covered in dirt, and his first solo album is as grimy as it is virtuosic.

Departing slightly from his band’s riff-crazy blues-rock style, Auerbach tackles Southern soul, ramshackle psychedelia, and straight-up folk songs. His frayed, swooning voice and swampy guitar solos were made for rock radio — if classic rock still ruled the airwaves, he’d be riding high on the charts. Hear Keep It Hid now, free and in its entirety, on Auerbach’s MySpace page.

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