The Black Keys in the Red Bull Sound Space at KROQ Carlo Cruz/Red Bull Media House

The Black Keys, fresh off their performance at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City, stopped by Red Bull Sound Space at KROQ in L.A. Thursday to play an intimate set for a handful of fans.

Before hitting the stage, drummer Patrick Carney took a minute to set the record straight on their involvement -- or lack thereof -- in Megabox, Kim Dotcom’s latest Spotify-killing venture. A recently released “making of” trailer for the service hypes the Keys as “Exclusive Artists,” but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

“That’s bullshit,” says Carney. “You’d think the guy that created Megaupload would be an honest, upstanding citizen. I don’t know what that is. I just know that’s something we’re not a part of.”

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What you can expect from the band, however, is another partnership with Brian Burton (a.k.a. Danger Mouse), who first worked with the band on 2008’s Attack & Release. Functioning more as a co-writer than a behind-the-board producer, Burton has been a valuable asset to Carney and Auerbach, and contributed to a healthy “push and pull” dynamic on last year’s hugely successful El Camino.

“I think [Dan and I] are gonna start it on our own and get the sparks flying,” says Carney of the new material, “but we’ll probably work with him.” Writing sessions for their eighth studio album will kick off in January 2013, followed by additional tour dates. 

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Carney, who is a huge fan of Cleveland sports, also put in an early season prediction on how his beloved Browns will finish the year, and how they’ll approach the 2013 draft.

“Five and 11 maybe? They’ll trade the quarterback after one season and then the quarterback will get good on the team that he was traded to. It’s an endless cycle. I love all Cleveland teams, but it’s brutal.”

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