The Black Keys

Heartless Bastards find a lot to love on – and off – the road (interview)

Erika Wennerstrom's candid lyrics and no-frills songwriting would not seem to imply a flighty, focus-challenged artist. As lead singer of the Austin, Texas, quartet Heartless Bastards, the 34-year-old Ohio native peddles a sort of rootsy garage rock that recalls — and is frequently compared to — fellow Ohioans the Black Keys, whose Patrick Carney helped give the Bastards their first big break.

The Black keys to release new EP of rehearsal tapes

Going after the niche "I'd love to hear how this song sounded in rehearsal" market, the Black Keys have released a six song EP recorded live during past studio sessioins "Tour Rehearsal Tapes" includes songs that originally appeared on the group's 2011 album "El Camino," as well as two from the 2010 album "Brothers." As of Tuesday, the EP is only available on iTunes for the first two weeks.

This weekend: Alabama Shakes

Barely one month into the new year and Alabama Shakes are already one of 2012's buzziest acts. The Athens, Ala., group, fronted by the soul-filled Brittany Howard, will likely be a household name come summer.