Ric on the Radio

2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month

Eric Cullen, aka "Ric", is a musician and music lover who was raised on FM radio, Beethoven, the Carter Family and Frank Zappa. Born in San Diego, he moved to Sonoma County in 1989 to attend Sonoma State University, earning his b.a. in music in 1991. Since then, he has played in many local bands: Freeloaders, the Vallejo Street Band, Joe Chaplain Band, among many others. He currently plays in Amphora, an all-instrumental smooth and Latin jazz combo. He has also recorded a dozen solo albums and owned or co-owned three independent record labels. His involvement at KRCB is a natural extension of his total love of all aspects of music, from creator, to showman, to fan.

We'll trip the light fantastic with two hours of underground psychedelic rock from the late 60s/early 70s, and a few from the 80s thrown in for good measure. Felt, Tages, Sam Gopal, Tomorrow, The Glass Family, Gandalf, Ill Wind, Plastic Cloud, Tangerine Zoo, Ford Theatre, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Fraction, The Rain Parade, 14 Iced Bears and more! 9-11pm.

This year's co-headliners David Byrne and Arctic Monkeys are joined by four fantastic supporting acts: Girlpool, from L.A., are Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad playing girl-centered indie pop; Noise-rockers, Melkbelly, formed in Chicago in 2014; Also from Chicago, psychedelic rockers, Post Animal; and Wolf Parade, indie rock from Montreal. Thurs. August 23, 9-11pm.

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Slap on some white base, don your best black and groove to the dark sounds of Bauhaus, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Joy Division, 45 Grave, Dead Can Dance, Swans, and more. Gothic rock, sometimes called Death Rock, is known for its obsession with death, horror and generally macabre lyrics. Musically, goth draws from punk, glam, art rock, dance, psychedelic and world music. We'll also look back at the roots of goth with Nico, The Velvet Underground, and The Doors. 

Hear new tracks from Jake Garduno this Thursday, as part of Ric's Family Update. I will be playing Jake's new 4 -song ep, Two Cents and Change.

Hear Ric on the Radio every 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 9:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes & Google Play!

In this very personal show, Ric takes us on a journey from his earliest musical experiences (Bob Dylan, ELO, Steely Dan) to his impressionable teen years (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, REM) and concluding with his post-college years (Polvo, Royal Trux, Fugazi.) Along the way, we will discuss the memory-forming power of music and how music acts as milestone markers in our lives.

This week, Ric continues his travel series with a listen to the bands and artists who have defined Canadian rock n' roll: Steppenwolf, Neil Young, BTO, The Guess Who, The Tragically Hip, Cowboy Junkies, 54-40, Chilliwack, Sloan, Rush, Crash Test Dummies, Bruce Cockburn, The New Pornographers, Broken Social Scene, and much more.

From old school to new school, East coast to West coast, we'll have gangstas, mic battles and consciousness-lifting poets. Eric B. & Rakim, Kool Moe Dee, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, Nas, 2Pac, Spearhead, Company Flow, Jurassic 5, A Tribe Called Quest, Dan the Automator with Kool Keith, Kendrick Lamar, Outkast, Ice Cube and much more!

Hear Ric on the Radio every 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 9:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes & Google Play!

This week on Ric on the Radio: Bob Dylan, pt 4, with special guest, Dr. Rick Flinders. Our fourth and final installment on the life and music of Bob Dylan. Dr. Flinders and I will examine Dylan's later output, from Time Out of Mind (1997) to the present. We will discuss Dylan's Nobel Prize and his fascination with Frank Sinatra. This date just happens to be Dylan's birthday! Thurs May 24, 9-11pm.

This week on Ric on the Radio: 1984. An in-depth look at one of those seminal years in rock history. Like 1967, or 1977, so many great albums were released in 1984. We'll hear from Lou Reed, The Raincoats, The Gun Club, Box of Frogs, Let's Active, REM, Minutemen, Husker Du, Meat Puppets, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Bangles, XTC, The Smiths, Pretenders, Van Halen, Metallica, Julian Lennon, Spinal Tap and more!

This week on Ric on the Radio: Prog Heaven. All your favorite progressive rock bands in one place! ELP, Yes, Genesis, Gentle Giant, Rush, King Crimson, PFM, Pink Floyd, Curved Air and more! Get your odd time signatures and extended suites on! 

You can hear Ric on the Radio usually every 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 9:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

This week on Ric on the Radio: Released in 2017. Ric's annual recap of the previous year's music. Dropkick Murphys, Blackfield, Ryan Adams, King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard, Steve Hackett, Heavy Heart, Surfer Blood, Mostly Autumn, Todd Rundgren, The Charlatans, Beach Fossils, Echobelly, Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie, Hundredth, Menace Beach, The Fall, Cherry Glazerr, OMD, Hippo Campus, Bruce Cockburn, Robert Plant, and more!

Listen to Ric on the Radio - Thursday February 8th, 9:00 - 11:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91!
 

This week, Ric presents Jethro Tull: Remixes, Outtakes, Live. Jethro Tull combined hard rock, progressive rock and British folk to create one of the most distinctive bodies of work in rock history. Most of the "classic" Tull albums (from 1968's This Was to 1978's Heavy Horses) have received the deluxe/bonus/rarities treatment. We'll delve deep into these rarely heard tracks, including outstanding remixes by Steven Wilson, of Porcupine Tree.

Hear Ric on the Radio Thursday January 25th, 9-11pm, on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

It's time for Ric's end-of-year tradition: the Best of Ric on the Radio. Continuing the series from previous years, part 5 will air Nov. 30. Part 6 will air Dec. 14. Each segment will feature songs played on Ric on the Radio throughout 2017. Bob Dylan, Dr. Feelgood, Shudder to Think, Black Sabbath, Shoes, Hippo Campus, JFA, Thin Lizzy, Super Furry Animals, Queens of the Stone Age, Pink Floyd, The Beta Band, Broken Social Scene, Echo & the Bunnymen, Ween, Bloc Party, Romeo Void, Meat Puppets, The Nashville Teens, Little Feat, The Shadows, Brenda Lee and so much more!

This week on Ric on the Radio: Lesser-known British Invasion. Mention the British Invasion and the groups that first come to mind are The Beatles, The Stones, The Who, The Kinks, and maybe The Zombies, The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies, and Herman's Hermits. But what about The Honeycombs, The Hullabaloos, The Fourmost, or The Big Three? The Merseybeats, The Ivy League or The Liverbirds? Beyond the household names, the British Invasion consisted of dozens of other bands who never made it past their regional scenes, or had hits in England but never made the Atlantic crossing.

This week on Ric on the Radio: Art School. They weren't exactly punks, they weren't exactly new wave. These difficult-to-classify bands drew from punk's DIY and new wave's quirkiness, along with an ear for the avant-garde, to create some of the most vibrant rock music ever made. Magazine, Romeo Void, Echo and the Bunnymen, Gang of Four, Siouxie and the Banshees, Roxy Music, Wire, Mission of Burma, Television, Joy Division, PiL, Pere Ubu, Talking Heads, The Slits, and more! Thursday, Sept. 14, 9-11pm.  
 

This week on Ric on the Radio, it's Summer Rock Festival 2017! This is Ric's second summer rock festival. Like last year's show, the lineup features bands who are currently playing the festival circuit. If you didn't make it to one of the over 160 summer music festivals in the U.S., do not fear, Ric's Summer Rock Festival is sure to help you get your lollapalooza on. This year's show features co-headliners Kings Of Leon and Cage The Elephant, along with a great supporting cast: Phoenix, Bon Iver, Broken Social Scene, Hippo Campus and Silversun Pickups. Aug. 31, 9-11pm on KRCB fm 91.1.

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This week, Ric has a real treat lined up for you: we will be exploring the expansive box set, "Pink Floyd: the Early Years 1965 to 1972". Released in 2016, this box set contains over 20 cds and dvds.

One of the key styles of early rock n roll, Rockabilly combined rock and blues with country, or "hillbilly", music. Rockabilly artists tended to cultivate a wild, "bad boy" image. Some people consider Rockabilly artists to be rock's first punks. Although there have been many revivals throughout the years, we will focus on the original Rockabilly movement, which only lasted from about 1956 to 1960.

This week, Thursday June 8, join Ric on the Radio as we take an Australian Excursion! From the early roots of rock n' roll to the present, the land of the marsupial is home to a wide range of sounds and styles. Whether based in the thick of the cultural mecca, Sydney, or in the isolation of Perth, Australian artists have long cultivated a unique and independent spirit.

This week Ric presents "Deep FM Cuts", a throwback to the days before demographics and playlists (which basically whittled the thousands of songs available to DJs down to about one hundred). Deep album cuts from classic rockers like AC/DC, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Thin Lizzy, Blue Oyster Cult, UFO, Queen, Yes and more! 

Tonight on Ric on the Radio: 90s Aesthetic.