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Keith Lissak presents
Keith's Music Box
Keith's Music Box is the podcast for people who are passionate about rock music. In-depth interviews with legendary and up-and-coming artists. Curated playlists that trip through the decades on an exploration of the tastiest tunes. Classic rock. Hard rock. Folk rock. Alt rock. Soul. Modern rock. A-sides. Deep tracks. It’s all good, and it’s all right here.
September 3, 2021
Episode 59: Folk Music Festival Featuring the Riverside
Neo-folk has been a force on the music charts for years now, with bands like the Head and the Heart and the Lumineers leading the charge. The Riverside, a rising indie folk band out of Santa Barbara, Calif., is working hard to reach those same heights, taking a decidedly unique approach to get there. Hear their story and music on this week’s KMB, along with a stellar lineup of classic and contemporary folk artists, including Fleet Foxes, Caamp, Bob Dylan and Arlo Guthrie.
August 27, 2021
Episode 58: Tribute to Charlie Watts
The great Charlie Watts, who always introduced himself as “drummer for the Rolling Stones” (as if we didn’t know), passed away this week at the age of 80. The news hit hard, and not just because it reminds us of our own mortality. For many of us Charlie’s steady beat has always been there, providing the backbone for many of the songs in the soundtrack of our life. It doesn’t compute that he’s gone. We’ll celebrate Charlie’s nearly 60-year legacy with the Stones on this week’s KMB.
August 20, 2021
Episode 57: Singer/Songwriter Ali Coyle Steps Out
Meet indie pop singer/songwriter Ali Coyle. Her debut EP, “Songs for My Therapist,” has come out to glowing reviews, perhaps a harbinger of things to come for this gifted artist out of Southern California. Ali’s songs are confessional, hypnotic and chronicle her journey of self-acceptance as a queer woman. Listen today to hear her talk about the genesis of the album and the thrill of making it. You’ll also gain the bragging rights to say you heard Ali Coyle first on KMB.
August 6, 2021
Episode 56: David Bowie vs. Elton John
It's a battle of the superstars! David Bowie and Elton John's careers mirrored each other in striking ways. Both were born in England in1947. Both produced a string of hits in the ‘70s and ‘80s, selling millions of records. And both cultivated flamboyant stage personas that changed rock. In this week’s KMB they’ll face off to see whose music reigns supreme more than 50 years after taking the world by storm. Will the Thin White Duke come out on top or will it be Rocketman? Stream today to find out. One way or the other, you're going to hear some killer music!
July 30, 2021
Episode 55: The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones
Almost 60 years in the making, an epic battle of rock n’ roll giants is at hand. It’s the Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones in a winner-take-all showdown to establish the #1 rock band of all time. (Okay, the winner gets zip. Zilch. Nada. At least, nothing from me.) The seven-round competition goes down this week on KMB. Will the Fab Four come out on top? The Glimmer Twins? You’ll just have to listen to find out. Don’t miss a second of the rockin’ action!
July 23, 2021
Episode 54: Music of Laurel Canyon
The Laurel Canyon area of LA has long been home to artists, actors and entrepreneurs. In the mid-1960s it became the center of the musical world when rock musicians flocked there and used the mountainous, bohemian location to spark an unprecedented run of creativity. We’ll check out some of the best tunes from Laurel Canyon’s famous residents, including Joni Mitchell, the Mamas & the Papas, CSN&Y, the Byrds, the Doors, Jackson Browne and the Eagles, in this week’s groovy episode of KMB.
July 9, 2021
Episode 53: Irish Singer/Songwriter Davie Furey
Irish singer/songwriter Davie Furey’s first album in the States, Haunted Streets, comes out July 9. Released in Ireland earlier this year, the album has been described as “a masterclass in songwriting and musicianship” and has spawned three #1 songs on the iTunes Irish Singer-Songwriter and Rock Charts. And now Davie visits Keith’s Music Box! Tune in to hear him talk about the making of the album and the universal themes found in Haunted Streets in this special episode of KMB.
July 2, 2021
Episode 52: All-American Rock
We're marking Independence Day 2021 in the States with 20 songs by 20 great American artists. We'll cover the musical spectrum from classic rock to contemporary indie rock, from folk to funk. It's gonna be a blast, so listen in for tunes from the Grateful Dead, Steve Miller Band, Bruce Springsteen, Joe Walsh, Los Lobos, REO Speedwagon and other great all-American artists.
June 25, 2021
Episode 51: Grunge, Alt, Emo & Other '90s Gems
The ‘90s were a killer time for music, bringing us a slew of grunge, alternative and hard rock classics. We’ll hear a baker’s dozen from some of the biggest rock artists of the decade, including Pearl Jam, Beck, Oasis, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Green Day.
June 18, 2021
Episode 50: Drinking, Smoking & Partying Songs
We’re celebrating the 50th episode of KMB this week with 20 tunes to help get your party on. We’ll do some drinking, some smoking, some dancing and some... well, you know what too much partying can lead to. It’s gonna be a blast, so check it out to hear an eclectic playlist featuring the likes of AC/DC, Jimmy Buffett, Paul McCartney, Sublime, Whiskeytown, Grand Funk Railroad and the Dead Kennedys.
June 11, 2021
Episode 49: Side 1, Track 1
Back when albums ruled, a killer opening track was essential for setting the tone of a great LP. We’ll hear openers from 12 of rock’s best albums on this week’s show. Featuring Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Supertramp, the Stones and a handful of other rock legends, it’s a one-of-a-kind Side 1, Track 1 playlist that you'll hear only on KMB.
May 28, 2021
Episode 48: 60s & 70s Soul Dance Party
The Crush Bar used to be the place in Hollywood for ‘60s soul dancing, with a bit of ‘70s funk and acid rock thrown in. It’s been gone many years now, but you can relive the Crush’s glory days on this week’s KMB with 25 songs from soul superstars including James Brown, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and Solomon Burke. This one’s a keeper for any lover of classic soul music!
May 21, 2021
Episode 47: Back to the '80s
The ‘80s was the decade of bad clothes and even worse hair. But oh! What a great time for some very cool music. Punk. New wave. Alt rock. We’ll hear a selection of the best of it from artists including The Go-Gos, XTC, Howard Jones, The English Beat, Talking Heads, The Motels and many others. It’s a mix you’ll hear only on the latest episode of KMB. Eat your heart out, Richard Blade!
May 14, 2021
Episode 46: T Bear Makes Fresh Tracks
Richard T. Bear, aka T Bear, was a leading session keyboard player and songwriter in the 70s and 80s, but then he went virtually silent for a couple of decades. Now he has his first album of new music in 25 years, "Fresh Bear Tracks," and it kicks ass. It rocks. It’s bluesy. It’s jazzy. It’s awesome. His story is one of grit, pain, redemption and, ultimately, joy. Hear from the man himself — and cuts off the new album — in this exclusive interview you’ll find only on KMB.
May 7, 2021
Episode 45: Mothers, Moms & Mamas
Where would you be without your mom? Certainly not here. For this Mother’s Day, kick back with a dozen songs celebrating moms and their hallowed place in our lives (for better or worse). We’ll hear from Pink Floyd, Paul Simon, Genesis, Queen, Three Dog Night and many others on this special episode of Keith’s Music Box.
April 30, 2021
Episode 44: Spirit Machines
Spirit Machines has been called “the most exciting band to come out of Utah in decades” and “the antithesis to the last major rock band from the state, Imagine Dragons.” They’ve sold thousands of copies of their first album, “Feel Again,” and the video for their Zeppelin/Tool mashup, “Zober,” was an internet sensation, especially after it was praised by Tool itself. In this exclusive interview, which you will hear only on KMB, the band's lead singer, Pepper Rose, and drummer, Michael Collins, talk about their powerful music, their pursuit of becoming a force in independent rock, and the struggle to rise above stereotypes in the Salt Lake City rock scene.
April 23, 2021
Episode 43: Rock & Soul from America's East Coast
Out of the bars and clubs of Boston, New York City and the Jersey Shore there’s always been a steady stream of killer rock ‘n roll. From Philadelphia too, along with a healthy dose of smooth R&B. We’ll listen to 15 great tracks from America’s East Coast on this week’s episode of KMB, including songs from Aerosmith, Steely Dan, Bon Jovi, Boston, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen, along with a cool set of Philly Soul featuring Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes and the O’Jays, among others .
April 2, 2021
Episode 42: Forgotten Favorites from the '70s and '80s
Remember that pacifist badass Billy Jack? How about the theme song, “One Tin Soldier,” from the 1971 Billy Jack movie? What about 707's song “I Could Be Good for You” and Montrose with “Bad Motor Scooter?” Mr. Mister with “Broken Wings?” Yep, there were some memorable tunes in the ‘70s and ‘80s that you just don’t hear anymore. We’ll fix that on this week’s episode of KMB, featuring an eclectic mix of blasts from the past.
March 26, 2021
Episode 41: Hard Rocking with Liliac
The five-piece family band Liliac (Romanian for “bat”) has taken flight in recent years playing a fresh brand of hard rock they call “vamp metal.” It's loud and raucous and totally unexpected from a group of siblings aged 13-22. With more than 100 million views on YouTube and Facebook and 7 million streams on Spotify, Liliac is now poised to take an even bigger bite out of the music world. In an exclusive interview you'll hear only on this week's episode of KMB, I chat with all five members of the band, in addition to playing classic bangers from Black Sabbath, the Scorpions, Rainbow, Alice in Chains and other hard rocking legends.
March 19, 2021
Episode 40: Music of the San Fernando Valley (Rockin' the 818)
The San Fernando Valley section of LA possesses a rich musical history. From recording studios to record shops, audio equipment manufacturers to music clubs, it’s all happened in the land of the 818 area code. Most importantly, the Valley is where many rock artists hail from, currently live, or once called home, including musicians Tom Petty and Jenny Lewis, and the bands Bad Religion, System of a Down and Haim. Hear the music of the Valley on this week’s Keith’s Music Box. We'll also talk to Tommy Gelinas, founder of the pop culture palace, Valley Relics Museum, in Van Nuys.