Keith's Music Box

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.

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January 8, 2022 64 min

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are one of the great rock bands of all time, but they might not have ever achieved the same level of success if not for record promo man Jon Scott. As an early believer in Tom’s talent, Jon put his career on the line to champion the young band in 1977. The rest is history, as Jon writes in his book, “Tom Petty and Me.” I chat with Jon about his 40-year relationship with Tom in this debut episode of s...

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The days are getting shorter, the nights colder here in Southern California. We’ve even had a few days of rain! All of which means fall is here and the weather is changing. Luckily, there’s a lot of great rock music celebrating the change of season, and we’ll sample some of the best on this week’s KMB. Check it out to hear an eclectic mix from artists including the Bob Dylan, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Beatles, Crowded House, White...

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By any measure, Phil Jones has had an amazing career as a rock n’ roll drummer, percussionist and producer. You’ve almost certainly heard his playing on a number of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers hits, as well as on “Free Fallin’” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream” from Tom’s biggest solo album, “Full Moon Fever.” He was a member of the ‘70s band Crabby Appleton, and has also recorded and played with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Joe Wal...

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October 28, 2021 74 min

From beyond the grave comes a special KMB playlist for all ghouls and goblins this Halloween. Party to horrifically killer tunes from AC/DC, Oingo Boingo, Talking Heads, Donovan, The Cranberries, Warren Zevon and many others. And don’t leave before the bitter end, or you will be very, very sorry.

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October 14, 2021 59 min

Put three great musicians together and magic can happen. We’ve seen it throughout music history, with trios turning out some of the most iconic tunes in rock. Bands like Cream, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and CSN set the table in the ‘60s, followed in the ‘70s by ZZ Top, Rush and the Police. Nirvana and Green Day carried the torch into the ‘90s and beyond, as we’ll hear on this week’s rockin’ episode of KMB.

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Get ready for an epic battle of rock superstars! Peter Gabriel was the original lead singer in Genesis, one of prog rock's greatest bands. When he went solo in 1975,  the band's drummer, Phil Collins, took over the microphone, leading Genesis into an incredible run of success through the '80s and '90s. Both singer-songwriters have also had epic solo careers, so it's only fitting that they face off head to head t...

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1971 was a banner year for pop, soul and R&B, with many of the songs released that year becoming bona fide classics. There were also some memorable novelty songs, as we’ll hear on Part II of our exploration of the music of 1971. Tune in to this week’s KMB to relive music’s greatest year with tunes from the likes of Carole King, James Taylor, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Harry Nilsson, Don McLean and others.

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Each year during the Rock Era delivered songs that took folks’ breath away — classics that still resonate today. But perhaps no year measures up to 1971, when many of rock’s greatest artists put out their masterpiece. Led Zeppelin IV. Who’s Next. Aqualung. Imagine. The list goes on, and we’ll sample a handful of rock songs from that amazing year in this week’s episode of KMB. And, because one week is not enough to cover all of the ...

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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 ...

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August 26, 2021 61 min

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 Wh...

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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...

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July 22, 2021 62 min

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, Jack...

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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 ...

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July 1, 2021 91 min

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.

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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.

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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.

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June 10, 2021 68 min

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.

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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!


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