Billboard -- The Black Keys are gearing up for their eighth studio album as their seventh LP, 2011's "El Camino," has a shot at an Album of the Year Grammy next month.
The rockers plan to hit the studio this month and have offered a quartet of tour dates alongside psych-rock maestros the Flaming Lips in the meantime. "We're going to start making the new album in the second week of January, and we're hoping to have it done by sometime in March," frontman Dan Auerbach tells Mojo (via NME). "Then we have a couple of weeks of touring, then we're going to take the summer off, which we haven't done for a while. The record isn't written yet. We'll do it when we get into the studio. This is when we both work best, when we're dying to make an album. All of our records take place in the studio, in that we make stuff up while we're there."
"El Camino," which has sold 1.1 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, came in at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums year-end chart for 2012, behind Mumford & Sons' "Babel." The Black Keys are nominated for five Grammy awards, including Record of the Year for "Lonely Boy," as well as Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song.
After joining the Rolling Stones onstage for that group's final 50 and Counting concert on Dec. 15, the Black Keys will briefly hit the road with the Flaming Lips, beginning April 28 in Kansas City.