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The Black Keys and Jake Bugg

Moda Center (map) North
Fri., Oct. 31, 8 p.m. 2014 All Ages

Rose Garden

The Black Keys epitomize the most insidious breed of pop pretense: spineless, banal, Fisher-Price-radio swill masquerading as edgy and significant. Just look at their band name—arguably one of the most humorless, faux-gritty names for an arena-caliber band since the Eagles. The only thing more reprehensible than someone exhibiting a casual affinity for the Keys is the self-identified music expert who apologizes for their early material or swears that they at one point possessed artistic integrity—you know, "before they were big." At their best, the Black Keys were the least vital garage-rock revival band, an early-'00s lite-movement that in retrospect seems totally unnecessary and superficial to begin with. At their worst, they're the latest in a continuum of boring white dudes recycling embarrassingly hackneyed blues clichés and manipulating a considerable portion of the music-buying public into believing they're purveyors of something remotely worth consideration. Well, there's no fooling me. MORGAN TROPER

Moda Center

1 Center Court, Portland, OR 97227

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