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Black Keys' Dan Auerbach announces new solo project The Arcs

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No need to turn blue, Black Keys fans. Everyone’s favorite Ohio blues-rock duo may have had a massive 2014, releasing their epic eighth album and selling out arenas around the world—but they show no signs of slowing down. Singer and guitarist Dan Auerbach will release a solo project under the moniker The Arcs late this summer, Rolling Stone reports. It’s Auerbach’s second solo release, following 2009’s Keep It Hid, which he released under his own name.

Auerbach didn’t provide specifics about the album’s title or release date, but fans won’t have to wait long to get a taste of the Arcs: On May 2, a 7-inch from the project will hit independent record stores throughout the country. It’ll contain two boxing-related songs—”Stay in My Corner” and “Tomato Can”—to celebrate the Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas happening the same day.

Auerbach said he cut the “extra-weird” album in about two weeks and recorded it with “a whole bunch of different people—my favorites.” He added that many of the album’s songs bleed into each other like Grateful Dead records and that he’s having fun “basically making music with no responsibility.”

All this solo talk doesn’t mean the Black Keys will be going away, either. Drummer Patrick Carney hurt his shoulder earlier this year, forcing the band to postpone tour dates. Now that he’s recovered, Auerbach said the recharged group will hit the road to make up the dates.