Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney achieved rock and roll stardom the old-fashioned way. They were childhood buddies, they formed a band, played shows to nearly empty halls, made some underground and independent recordings, built a following and got some nice record deals with respected labels.
Now Auerbach and Cassidy -- collectively know as The Black Keys -- are one of the biggest acts in the business. They're coming to the Amalie Arena in Tampa for a concert on Tuesday, Dec. 16.
The Black Keys grew up and started their career in Akron, Ohio, and made their first album in Auerbach's basement. It was their third album, "Rubber Factory," in 2004 that brought them into the spotlight. It didn't sell a lot of copies, but The New Yorker magazine named it one of the best albums of the year. Their career has been on the rise ever since, especially after they stared working with superstar producer Danger Mouse in 2007.
Opening the show is St. Vincent, otherwise known as Annie Clark, the former Polyphonic Spree member who has become one of the most respected art rockers in the world. She took her stage named from a Nick Cave lyric that references the hospital where Dylan Thomas died, and her music has been compared to that of David Bowie and Kate Bush.
Details: 8 p.m. Dec. 16, Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets: $31.75-$71.75. Information: 813-301-2500, amaliearena.com.
-- Marty Clear