#MusicNews – Black Keys do MasterCourse; Brittany Howard premieres “Stay High”

The Black Keys MasterClass

THE BLACK KEYS DO PARODY ‘MASTERCOURSE’ VIDEO

(ABC Radio Music News)

The Black Keys teamed up with Funny or Die to create a parody video of those celebrity-hosted MasterClass courses, only instead of teaching you the secrets of their trade, they mainly talk about how rich they are.

“Every song on a record is trying to accomplish something,” Dan Auerbach says while strumming an acoustic guitar. “That song in particular was trying to get me a new pool.”

Meanwhile, Patrick Carney battles with an inferiority complex about being a drummer.

“It means a lot to be a drummer,” he says. “One of the things it means is that you’re not a good guitar player, or as good as someone else that you know, who’s in your band.”

At the end of the video, Carney promises that you’ll be able to “write music like the pros” if you take their course. “Unless you’re not naturally gifted like us,” Auerbach adds. “Then we can’t really help you.”

The Black Keys released their new album “Let’s Rock” last month. They’ll launch a U.S. tour in support of the record in September.

 

Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard has premiered a new song called “Stay High,” which will appear on her upcoming debut solo album, Jaime.

The tune is accompanied by a video starring Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor and America’s Got Talent host Terry Crews, who plays a factory worker going about his day and returning home to his family.

“This video is shot in my home town of Athens, Alabama. The actors are my family and friends,” Howard explains. “Terry Crews plays a man who isn’t out to change the world, he plays a man who just wants to come home to those who understand and love him best. We see his inner beauty, grace and humanity in a place that is so often misunderstood.”

“I got an email from the Brittany Howard, asking me to be a part of a song she wrote that was all about her dad and how special he was to the family,” Crews adds.

“And she poured her heart out in this letter. I couldn’t believe it. Brittany was like, ‘we can shoot it in L.A.,’ and I said, ‘No, I’m coming to you, we’re going to Alabama. We’re going to where you grew up, to where your family is.”

The video is dedicated to Howard’s father K.J. Howard, who also makes a cameo in the clip. You can watch it streaming now on YouTube.

Jaime, which also features the previously released song “History Repeats,” is due out September 20. Howard will launch a North American tour in support of the album August 17 in Asheville, North Carolina.

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