The Raconteurs, the band staffed by the White Stripes' Jack White, Brendan Benson and the Greenhornes' Patrick Keeler and Jack Lawrence, make their first big splash this week with their V2 debut, "Bro

The Raconteurs, the band staffed by the White Stripes' Jack White, Brendan Benson and the Greenhornes' Patrick Keeler and Jack Lawrence, make their first big splash this week with their V2 debut, "Broken Boy Soldiers."

"It's something totally new for me -- two songwriters working together," White says of the new endeavor. "Dual vocals, dual lead guitars, dual songwriting duties. It's not just me and Brendan; Patrick and Jack are very talented musicians. The songs are giant. They're really large."

A freewheeling, hook-heavy romp that clocks in at just over 30 minutes, the album is led by the single "Steady, As She Goes," which is No. 5 this week on Billboard's Modern Rock chart.

The Raconteurs will make the rounds of the European festival scene this summer, in addition to an appearance in August at Lollapalooza in Chicago.

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