Sunday, August 2, 2015

July 30, 2015: Sarah Blacker/Tony McMillen/Ian Lamont/David Riese/Fine Art Superhero

Matt and Max with Sarah Blacker
We open the show with singer/songwriter Sarah Blacker to talk about new release, "In Waves," and enjoy some great live acoustic tunes. Sarah's been a guest on the show since it first launched six years ago, and we're proud to have her back. In addition, we look at the web concerts she's been hosting and her plans for the summer.

Author Tony McMillen talks music and books next. He gives us the rundown on his Boston Comic-Con appearance last weekend, and tells us all about his new book, "Nefarious Twit."

Next we have Ian Lamont, founder of the In 30 Minutes Guides. These books look at programs like Dropbox and Excel to personal finance and easy Chinese recipes. There's something for everyone here, and he's always looking for new writers.

We're proud to have author David Riese bring the show to a close with his book, Echo from Mount Royal, a book based in part on his conversations at his local coffee shop. It's a great story that you'll want to hear more of.

BONUS: Our Blackout Booleg series continues with another of the amazing artists at this summer's Outside the Box Festival! This week, Max shares his interview with Basil El Halwagy and his performing arts showcase, Fine Art Superheroes.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

July 23, 2015: Blackbutton/Ginny Nightshade/Pair/Liars and Believers

Blackbutton plays a live set 
The three-piece band Blackbutton opens this week's show with a great live set and a look at their upcoming release, and plans for a summer tour to conclude in Boston.

Guest co-host Matt Martino returns, and with him is performing artist Ginny Nightshade. She talks about a recent showcase she had for some of the great performers of Boston and a look at what a diverse and energetic scene this city has.

As a special bonus, Jeff Motta, owner of Pair in Dedham, comes in for a special unboxing for our own Matt Zappa.

BONUS: Max Bowen speaks to Jason Slavick, artistic director of the theater group, Liars and Believers, one of the many performers at Outside the Box. This is the first in a series of interviews and is part of the exclusive Blackout Bootleg sessions.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

July 16, 2015: Author Roundtable/Christopher Gallo/DJ Geribo

Max and Matt with our author roundtable
We're kicking off the show with a roundtable discussion on women writers and their work, and joining us will be authors Patricia L. Mitchell, Leigh Brown and Vickie Corliss of Brown Corliss Books, and Nora Hall. They've got a lot to say about what it means to be a writer for women, and we're dedicating the first hour of the show to them.

Author Chrisopher Gallo is next at bat for his book, "Unlikely Champions," the story about a Little League team from Trumbull, Connecticut that beat the odds to become the world champs. This book took years to research and write, and the result is a great story for any sports fan.

Author and artist DJ Geribo brings the show to a close for her book, "The House at the Top of the Trees." That alone could fill the interview, but she's got two new books ready to go! What are they? You'll have to listen to find out.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

July 9, 2015: Amy and the Engine/Melissa Reddish/The Fateful Hour

Amy and the Engine performed live on Citywide
We welcome the amazing band Amy & The Engine to launch the show. They've got new tunes, a summer tour, and best of all, they'll be playing a great set of acoustic tunes. The band has had some amazing experiences in the short time they've been together, including a stellar summer tour. What lies ahead? You need to listen to hear all about it.

The author talks continue with Melissa Reddish to tell us about her book, "My Father Is an Angry Storm Cloud." The characters within this collection are described as "elegant, perfectly controlled, and confidently weird," and we can't wait to hear about them.

Progressive metal band The Fateful Hour tops of the evening with a look at their new album, "All We Leave Behind," which was released this week, plus their killer show at Ralph's Rock Diner in Worcester to celebrate the milestone.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

July 2, 2015: Allen McRae/Gene O'Neil/Outside the Box/Janet Spurr

Max and Matt with Georgia Lyman of Outside the Box
Get ready to laugh, because, Allen McRae of ImprovBoston joins us to talk about his ongoing show, "Comedy, America!" The show debuted last year to a sold-out crowd, and it's back! We talk about how last year's show was such a success, the plan for this and future years, and do an in-depth analysis of the Goosebumps book series. Seriously, we do that.

Author Gene O'Neil is next, and we learn about his book, "An Upraised Chalice." Gene chronicles near-death experiences and worldwide journey to the most sacred places across the globe, and how these encounters can brought him to a closer understanding of what lies beyond this world.

Two years ago, we had the privilege of attending the first Outside the Box festival, a week-long experience of local artists and performers of all kinds. And this year it's back!
We talk to Artistic Director Georgia Lyman, one of the many minds behind this eclectic and exciting showcase. Learn about the more than 100 artists to be featured at this year's OTB.

Author Janet Spurr closed out the show with her book "Beach Chair Diaries." Whether it was last month or 10 years ago, odds are that everyone has fond memories of the sun, sand, and surf. Janet's book captures her many experiences from Maine to Maui.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

June 25, 2015: Erica Bartlett/Pair/Patrick Trotti/Slaughterhouse Sweethearts

First on deck is author Erica Bartlett. Her book, "Winning the Losing Battle: A True Story of Weight Loss and Transformation," takes and honest look at her struggles with weight loss, which led to her work as a health coach with Rediscovering Food.

Jeff Motta, owner of Pair of Dedham, talks about his new business, which is all about finding those rare and unique sneakers. Want a set of vintage Air Jordan's? He's the man for the job! Jeff gives the 411 on what are some of the harder shoes to find, and how to spot the fakes.

Author Patrick Trotti of Peanut Gallery Press talks about his recent release, "Come Tomorrow You'll Regret Today."
This book is a collection of short stories that look at 'millennial malaise in the Internet age,' and for those living in the world of social media, iPhones, and technology constantly in our presence, it's a very timely piece. His book also shares some personal stories from his childhood.

Guest co-host Matt Martino is back in the studio, and he's bringing the The Slaughterhouse Sweethearts to talk about their upcoming show, "Revenge of the Robot Battle Nuns," back for the fourth year running! We hear about the great cast, how the audience gets involved with the show, and much more. Its the gawddamn' end of the world, Slaughterhouse Sweetheart style!

Friday, June 19, 2015

June 18, 2015: Ghost Cats/Ron Evans/Lucie Lewis

Matt and Max with Ron and Linda Evans

Get those ears ready, because we're opening the show with the superb sounds of the band Ghost Cats! These guys are veterans of Citywide from a previous project, and we're looking forward to hearing all about this new band. In addition, we talk about what it's like playing up in New Hampshire, and their hopes for future shows.

The music talk keeps right on going, but in a very different direction. We're going to explore the history and story behind one of the greatest musical moments in history when author Ron Evans joins us to talk about his new book, "Chasing Woodstock." Co-host Matt Zappa and Ron find a lot of common ground, so you expect a serious education in music history.

We bring the show to a close with author Lucie Lewis, whose introspective book, "I Am : Renewal From Within the Garden," follows her spiritual journey, not unlike watching a garden grow. Lucie holds nothing back, and it's a story that offers a lot for those still finding their path.

Plus, you can groove to the tunes of Hayley Sabella, The Sleepy Hahas, and much more!