Sound Opinions Show

Oct 29, 2015

SOUND OPINIONS WEEKLY RUNDOWN, 11/6/2015, SO_110615_1545

ANNOUNCER COPY: Coming up… The Philadelphia band Low Cut Connie brings the upright piano back to rock ‘n’ roll. Then the first solo album from ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons.



 ·       British singer Adele’s long-awaited new single “Hello” has set a record for the most U.S. downloads sold in a week at 1.11 million.  Counting both digital and physical sales, only Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind 1997” has sold more in a single week span.


Pyrotechnics at a heavy metal show caused a fire in a Bucharest nightclub on October 30, killing 32 people and injuring hundreds. This led to an unprecedented wave of protests, forcing Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta to resign. Similar tragedies have occurred with some regularity in the past, including at a 2003 concert by Great White in Rhode Island.


Inspired by artists of the 1950s, Philadelphia rock ‘n’ rollers Low Cut Connie pound out raunchy, danceable tunes that prominently feature upright piano. The band garnered attention this summer with President Obama featured one of its tracks in his Spotify playlist. Low Cut Connie joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a live performance and a conversation about the ups-and-downs of the group’s career, touring with a piano, and nearly competing on The Voice.


Jim and Greg review Perfectamundo, the debut solo album by Billy Gibbons, best-known as guitarist and lead singer for the Texas band ZZ Top. This album features an Afro-Cuban influence, inspired by Gibbons’ apprenticeship with Latin percussionist Tito Puente. 


Jim nominates “Jane September” by Hoboken, New Jersey band Red Buckets to the Desert Island Jukebox. Guitarist Michael Carlucci passed away October 29 at age 58.


At the end of the show we hear comments from listeners.