Black Keys Unlock World Tour, New Single

Akron, Ohio-based rock duo the Black Keys will spend most of the fall on a world tour in support of its Fat Possum album, "Thickfreakness."

Akron, Ohio-based rock duo the Black Keys will spend most of the fall on a world tour in support of its Fat Possum album, "Thickfreakness." The group will appear this weekend at the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals, followed by 10 additional dates in the region through Sept. 5. A six-date tour of Australia will follow, wrapping Sept. 19 in Sydney.

From there, the group will take a few weeks off before beginning an 11-date U.S. tour Oct. 6 in Northampton, Mass. A one-off Dec. 6 gig in Oberlin, Ohio, is also on the itinerary, as is a New Year's Eve bash at Cleveland's Beachland Ballroom. A spokesperson says the group will likely not have time to record new material until early next year.

It has been a breakout year for guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney, who have played their first shows outside the U.S., toured North America with Beck and Dashboard Confessional, made their national TV debut on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" and seen "Thickfreakness" nominated in the "long list" for the annual Shortlist Music Prize.

Amid all this activity, Suicide Squeeze will on Sept. 9 release a split single featuring one song from Kent, Ohio-based rock act the Six Parts Seven and three Black Keys tracks recorded live in May on WMBR, the campus radio station of MIT. The cuts are "The Moon" (from a now out-of-print single), the title cut from "Thickfreakness" and "Yearnin'," from the group's 2002 debut, "The Big Come Up."

Finally, the Black Keys will be spotlighted tonight (Aug. 21) on the third installment of the Sundance Channel's "Keeping Time: New Music From America's Roots."

Here are the Black Keys' tour dates:

Aug. 22: Reading, England (Reading Festival)
Aug. 23: Leeds, England (Leeds Festival)
Aug. 25: Brighton, England (Pressure Point)
Aug. 26: London (Garage)
Aug. 27: Bristol, England (Louisiana)
Aug. 28: Oxford, England (Zodiac)
Aug. 29: Kiewit, Belgium (Pukkelpop Festival)
Aug. 31: Wolverhampton, England (Little Civic)
Sept. 1: Liverpool, England (Barfly)
Sept. 2: Edinburgh (venue TBA)
Sept. 3: Leicester, England (Charlotte)
Sept. 4: Cambridge, England (Boat Race)
Sept. 5: Cardiff, Wales (Barfly)
Sept. 9: Perth, Australia (Charles Hotel)
Sept. 11: Adelaide, Australia (Enigma Bar)
Sept. 12: Brisbane, Australia (Zoo)
Sept. 17: Melbourne (Prince of Wales)
Sept. 18: Melbourne (Hi-Fi Bar)
Sept. 19: Sydney (Metro)
Oct. 6: Northampton, Mass. (Iron Horse)
Oct. 7: Boston (Paradise)
Oct. 12: Baltimore (Ottobar)
Oct. 15: Charlottesville, Va. (Starr Hill Music Hall)
Oct. 17: Asheville, N.C. (Orange Peel)
Oct. 18: Athens, Ga. (40-Watt Club)
Oct. 21: Birmingham, Ala. (the Nick)
Oct. 22: New Orleans (Parish)
Oct. 24: Austin, Texas (Emo's)
Oct. 29: Omaha, Neb. (Sokol Underground)
Nov. 1: Chicago (Abbey Pub)
Dec. 6: Oberlin, Ohio (Dionysus Club)
Dec. 31: Cleveland (Beachland Ballroom)