Three years after releasing "El Camino," the Black Keys offered up "Turn Blue" earlier this year. On it, the duo of guitarist/singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney have steered into denser, darker territory with moody psych-rock songs that are more headphone friendly than radio friendly. The Akron, Ohio, natives again worked with producer Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton, slowing their tempos to create a melancholy mood that fits the album's title. Having been in clubs as small as Rudyard's about a decade ago, the Black Keys have since grown into arenas like the Toyota Center, where they play Saturday. Carney took time to talk about the new album, how ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons helped influence one of their biggest songs and things he digs about Houston. "You know," Carney says, "Houston has one of the most insane art scenes in America right now. Two of my favorite artists are Houston-based ..."
Q: Do you get much of a chance to hit galleries and museums while on tour?