The Black Keys Headed to 'Saturday Night Live'

St. Vincent also recruited for 'SNL' season finale

Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys performs in Irvine, California.
Noel Vasquez/Getty Images
April 23, 2014 2:35 PM ET

The Black Keys will serve as Saturday Night Live's musical guest on May 10th, just three days prior to the release of their eighth studio album, Turn Blue. The episode, hosted by Charlize Theron, will feature tracks from that Danger Mouse-produced LP, and may include the psychedelic slow-jam "Turn Blue" and the hypnotic "Fever."

How the Black Keys Found a Deep New Groove on Psychedelic 'Turn Blue'

“We are always trying to push ourselves when we make a record — not repeat our previous work but not abandon it either," drummer Patrick Carney said in a statement about the album. "On this record, we let the songs breathe and explored moods, textures and sounds. We’re excited for the world to hear Turn Blue."

On May 16th, the band will headline the Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama. After that, they'll hit the road for an extensive summer tour of European festivals. Their Saturday Night Live appearance will be the band's third on the show and first since 2011.

Meanwhile, St. Vincent (Annie Clark) has also been recruited for her debut appearance on the show. The acclaimed art-rocker will be featured on the May 17th season finale episode, hosted by SNL veteran Andy Samberg.

Clark released her fourth studio album, the eclectic St. Vincent (which earned a four-star review from Rolling Stone), back in February. During a supporting tour for LP, she and her band offered a stirring tribute to Kurt Cobain during a gig at Chicago's Riviera, playing a faithful rendition of Nirvana's 1991 classic "Lithium." Clark then paid further respects to the band at their recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, joining Lorde, Joan Jett and Sonic Youth vocalist-bassist Kim Gordon for a four-song set of Nirvana classics.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

More Song Stories entries »