This week’s MTV PUSH Artist of the Week is The Black Keys, Akron, Ohio’s baddest, bluesiest duo. They only went and made one of 2010’s most head-nodding, foot-stomping, fist-pumping glam/neo-blues/beard-friendly slabs of rock and roll this year — their newest album, Brothers. And if that weren’t enough, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney went and made two of the best videos of the year for the Brothers songs “Next Girl” — featuring a sleazy stuffed dinosaur — and “Tighten Up, which stars a bunch of cheeky kids who beat the tar out of each other. Their Blakroc side project saw them collaborate with Jim Jones, RZA and Raekwon (to name just a few hip-hop elite), and if that weren’t enough, their song “Chop and Change” is on the “Twilight Saga: Eclipse” soundtrack.
But before The Black Keys became your favorite band’s favorite band, life was far less cool. See how The Black Keys lived before they were famous, and get a behind-the-scenes look at their “Tighten Up” video, featuring little kids wailing on each other. And of course, watch the “Tighten Up” video, too.