Top 11 Horn Rock Songs

Top 11 Horn Rock Songs

“That’s the big secret. Rock and roll ain’t nothing but jazz with a hard backbeat.” – Keith Richards “Vehicle” by The Ides of March The Ides of March reached No. 2 in 1970 with “Vehicle,” their one and only hit. Singer/songwriter Jim Peterik, who would go on to found Survivor, told AXS that the band […]

Top 11 Wah-Wah Songs

Top 11 Wah-Wah Songs

“Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid.” – Mark Twain “In the Presence of the Lord” by Blind Faith Eric Clapton wrote “In the Presence of the Lord” in 1969 while a member of Blind Faith. He asked keyboardist Steve Winwood to provide […]

Turn Me On: St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Turn Me On: St. Paul and the Broken Bones

For his latest Turn Me On entry, 88.5 FM KCSN midday host Jim Nelson writes about Birmingham, Alabama’s St. Paul And The Broken Bones….   If this was the early 1970s, Birmingham, Alabama’s St. Paul And The Broken Bones — with their stylish, horn-powered, Otis Redding-cum-Al Green-meets-early-Chicago, can’t-get-it-outta-your-head soul music — would own the airwaves […]

Feelin’ Stronger Every Day: Q&A with Founding Chicago Drummer Danny Seraphine

Feelin’ Stronger Every Day: Q&A with Founding Chicago Drummer Danny Seraphine

With over 130 million albums sold worldwide, Chicago became one of the world’s biggest rock and roll bands thanks to their signature horn-driven, jazz/rock sound. Throughout the ‘70s, Chicago were a hit-making machine, delivering radio friendly stalwarts like 25 or 6 to 4, Beginnings, Make Me Smile, Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?, Just You […]

Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean (A Conversation)

Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean (A Conversation)

With high school friend Jan Berry, Dean Torrence formed the vocal group Jan and Dean in Los Angeles in 1959. Their first Top 10 hit, Baby Talk, only hinted at what was to come. The duo’s tight harmonies would evolve into a sound that was synonymous with the Southern California lifestyle of hot rods and surfing. […]

Lollapalooza 2015: Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence and the Machine, Alabama Shakes, More (Full Lineup/Details)

Lollapalooza 2015: Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence and the Machine, Alabama Shakes, More (Full Lineup/Details)

Chicago’s Lollapalooza announced its 2015 lineup this morning, and it’s pretty solid. Set for Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois on July 31-August 2, this year’s Lolla includes the following acts: Paul McCartney Metallica Florence and the Machine Sam Smith Alt-J TV on the Radio Sam Smith Tame Impala Alabama Shakes Kaskade Brand New The War […]