Consisting of guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney, you may know The Black Keys as "that band that ripped off The White Stripes", or perhaps "The Black Eyed Peas" if you caught a certain epic blunder on the part of MTV. In fact, the rock 'n' roll duo from Akron, Ohio have been breathing new life into garage rock and blues since 2001, amassing a very healthy list of hit albums to their name with each one more lo-fi and raunchy than the next. They've managed to annoy a good amount of people along the way, but fans of the band include familiar faces as diverse as Led Zep frontman Robert Plant and actress Charlize Theron. Those two alone are some pretty special endorsements, just don't ask Jack White or Sean Parker for their opinions. But even aside from being a hugely popular and successful musical act, Dan and Pat make an interesting pair. They've had a colourful journey to stardom, and they've each been notoriously outspoken in their personal views along the way. Endlessly quotable and hopelessly loveable, they're a unique entity of the contemporary musical landscape. Read on to find out just what makes The Black Keys so special.