Medium Rotation — Dropout Boogie; Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky

THE BLACK KEYS Dropout Boogie (Nonesuch) — On their eleventh album, Dropout Boogie, the Black Keys are still finding fresh ways to make meaty magic with an endless variety of blues licks, thumping rhythms, and lyrics that howl out about the woes of just getting by. Following last year’s romp through classic covers, Delta Kream, guitarist and singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney get back to making their own down and dirty tunes. Working as usual out of their own Nashville studio, Easy Eye Sound, they tear through ten new tracks that evidence a lot of bourbon-soaked dirt under their fingernails. “Wild Child” is a crisp ripper, deliciously inventive even at it feels like it could have appeared on any of their albums from Brothers on. They’re not the first to get a lot of mileage out of familiar juke joint riffing, as they basically acknowledge by inviting ZZ Top’s Billy F Gibbons to co-write and tickle his guitar strings on the cut “Good Love.” Like that trio of Rio grandees, the Black Keys ferociously keep the blues-rock faith. Turn on and tune in with the following cuts: “It Ain’t Over,” “For the Love of Money,” and “Didn’t I Love You.”

PORRIDGE RADIO Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky (Secretly Canadian) — Fronted by Dana Margolin, the Brighton-based band Porridge Radio brings seething power to the their third full-length studio effort. The songs on Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky hit on the way feelings simmer until they almost explode, and the raw indie music the band crafts is built to match. Advance single “Back to the Radio” is a steady bout until it turns into a flurry of jabs, “Birthday Party” is hypnotic in its emotional rawness, and “U Can Be Happy If You Want To” swirls with abandon. The band is tight and focused throughout, brimming with contained energy. Margolin’s songwriting is often built on shrewd repetition, building a story out of mantra-like concentration. The album cracks open a soul and lets the power out. In addition to the cuts named above, check “Trying,” the lovely lilt of “Rotten,” the majestic “Jealousy,” and “The Rip.”

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