Sunday, August 5, 2018

Aug. 2, 2018: Plastic Angels/Polar Soul/Wreckless Wreck Chords

Me and Plastic Angels
Jeff and Bethany Lawson of the band Plastic Angels return to talk about their forthcoming EP, “Wake,” set to be released this fall. The album includes the song “Bloody Sheets,” which the duo hopes raises awareness about recovery after domestic violence and sexual assault.

Hip-hop artist Polar Soul makes his Citywide Blackout debut to tell us all about his debut album, “Polar,” released a week ago. At 17, he only recently decided to make music a career, and has come a long way in a short while, recording and releasing his EP in just six months.

Mike and Tyler of Wreckless Wreck Chords are back! They’ve got a great show happening at the C Note in Hull in just two weeks, and we recap who’s going to be there, but also chat about their plans for a Halloween show.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

July 26, 2018: Badd, HK, and Money Mav/Stripe Team/Linda Marks

Max with BADD and Money Mav
I welcome back Citywide's Production Coordinator BADD, who brings with him his manager H K, a well-known name in Boston's music scene and mentor to young talent. Plus, JAMN 94.5 host Money Mav talks about his radio career and his work at one of the city's biggest stations over the last 12 years. He's also got a music career, and we outline his upcoming show at the House of Blues.

Next up is the Stripe Team, back from an adventure in LA. We hear all about that trip, and how the music scene is over there. The team shares some great new music, some of which is being played for the first time on any station.

Singer-songwriter Linda Marks helps me wrap up the show with a listen from her new album "Moments" and her upcoming CD release show at Club Passim. Linda's also well-known at house concerts in this area, and we talk about that experience and how it helps to foster a musical community.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

July 19, 2018: Figment/Copperfrog Games/No Hugs/We Are Bullethead

No Hugs
Terry Dovidio of Figment, a longstanding participatory and interactive arts program, joins me to talk about the many varieties of artists that will be at this event, slated for next weekend. Later on, Be of the American Family Happily Institute enters the studio to share what her organization will be doing as part of this great arts showcase.

Michael Epstein of Copperfrog Games is back! He’s in the WEMF studio with a brand new project, The Meeple Machine. These game pieces are hand-crafted from various solid hardwoods in Vermont. They have a custom smooth, rounded shape, and are oiled and sealed with petroleum-free Botanical Polymerized Tung Oil for durability and shine. They make the good addition to any game that uses Meeples, or can be used as a personal cheerleading squad at work, or used to wage massive battles across the tabletop between different factions.

The rock/punk band No Hugs have a lot to share with our listeners, including a new single, “Your Satisfaction is Fake,” and an ongoing tour with a slew of stories. No/Hugs are currently on the third summer tour and are releasing their first single at the Vans Warped Tour on July 27, at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield.

We Are Bullethead are gearing up for their final show….and this time they mean it! They’ll be performing with the Michelle LeClair band, and we talk about the band’s career and hear some great live music.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

July 12, 2018: Kim Moberg/Joe Rich/Kerr Griffin/Joe Grizzly

Kim Moberg
Singer-songwriter Kim Moberg is in the studio to talk about her recently-released debut album, “Above Ground.” She’s also an experienced show booker, and has events scheduled through 2019. She talks about the kinds of places she’s played at, including house concerts.

Joe Rich has a new EP out, “Suddenly Summer,” and we learn about the story behind this new release and the process of getting it together. Joe’s got a lot of shows happening, and jokes about the “Joe Rich Curse.” He’s also got a new Spotify channel, and we talk about some of the artists we’ve discovered through it.

Last year, singer-songwriter Kerr Griffin released a new EP, “Rust and Bone.” It’s a self-produced album, and Kerr talks about this and how he made the switch from band performer to a solo act.

The hip-hop group Joe Grizzly has a lot to share after their last appearance on the show a few years ago, including a new album, “The Future,” and shows both in Boston and beyond.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

July 5, 2018: Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys/Mary George/Wreckless Wreck Chords/Sour Grapes

Army of Broken Toys
Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys return to talk about their upcoming shows at Alchemy and Once Somerville, which feature some amazing bands performing with them. We also look to the kinds of movies they’d like to do tribute shows for.

Jazz musician Mary George calls in to give us the background of a new show she has this weekend entitled “Love You Forever: A Celebration of Mothers In Music” at the Burren Backroom at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.
“Love You Forever” is a show about motherhood. Hearkening back to the title of the popular children’s book, this show illuminates the idea that motherhood is not an impediment to creating music, but a source of deep inspiration.

Mike and Tyler from the band Worm continue the show previews with an event at the C Note in Hull in August. Featuring Gang Green, The Dogmatics, Diablogato, Antibodies, Hardwired, and Worm, the show has a lot of local businesses sponsoring it. We talk about the art of show booking, what do be wary for and how to secure support of local businesses.

Comic creator Tim Jones wraps up the show with a look at his comic strip Sour Grapes, which is now available in 20 newspapers in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Tim talks about the characters and how they’ve grown beyond what he originally envisioned. He shares some tips on pitching comics to newspapers and the best ways to get people’s attention.


Sunday, July 1, 2018

June 28, 2018: Secret Police/Laren Taylor/Amy Kucharik

Me and Laren Taylor
Director Michael Z. Atrata and actor Paul Held have a new movie in the works, “Secret Police,” which touches on the current political and cultural climate. Michael has a lot to say about how current events have influenced a lot of artists to speak in their unique way on what’s going on. We also talk about how the newest tech has changed the film industry, both for good and ill.

Singer-songwriter Laren Taylor joins me to talk about her upcoming move to the West Coast, her musical experience there as well as a huge upcoming project. At 17, Laren is already laying the groundwork for her musical career, both in the classroom and on stage.

Amy Kucharik returns to the show after a couple yeas to talk about her new album, “Until the Words are Gone.” It’s a tremendous collection of music, and Amy also did the cover art. We dive into the creative process for both, as well as the tour she has ongoing for the new album.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

June 21, 2018: Shaded Glitch/Genie Santiago/Stories in Motion/Ryan Pinette

Max and Shaded Glitch
EDM artist Shaded Glitch is in to talk about his recent release, “Starving Artist,” and the struggle of making a career in the music industry. He also shares his musical theater background and how that’s come into play with his music.

Hip-hop/R&B artist Genie Santiago is back with her recently-released debut album, “Know Your Worth.” This EP has been in the making for awhile, and Genie talks about the response since it came out, and the process of putting it together. She also talks about the upcoming Femme Fatale show that she’ a part of, and how the role of women in entertainment has changed.

Chris Esper of the production company Stories in Motion has two new short films hitting the festival circuit and gives us the info on these new projects, a silent film which explores anxiety, and a drama on the subject of corrupt police officers. We learn about the actors and actresses he worked with, and how he balances this which his day job making videos for weddings, businesses, and musicians.

Singer-songwriter Ryan Pinette closes out the show with some live songs, one of which is a world exclusive. He’s got a lot of shows coming up and along with sharing that info, he’s played at some of the biggest venues in Boston. He also has a band, Ryan Pinette and the Baystaters, and he gives the history of the group.