Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Blackout Bootleg: Jason Spooner and David Keith

Max and Matt with Jason Spooner

Part of our ongoing Blackout Bootleg series, we talk to Jason Spooner, winner of the best live act of New England at the New England Music Awards, and David Keith, drummer from Mission Zero.

Monday, June 20, 2016

June 16, 2016: EBASS & Jack and Katie Music/Author Barbara Welch/Skin Drone

Jack and Katie with Hailey Magee

Hailey Magee, founder of EBASS, joins Max to talk about the city of Boston and the support it offers [or doesn't offer] for it's growing artistic community. Artists have it rough in Boston, between the escalating rent, shuttering venues, and more, many are making the move to New York or LA to seek bigger and better opportunities. But is there more here than meets the eye?

Joining us for the EBASS segment is the wonderful musical duo of Jack and Katie. These two have been performing for years, and possess an amazing sound which they share on the show with some live songs.

Author Rev. Barbara Welch shares her experience in dealing with child abuse through her book, "Out of Hiding: Grace is Still Enough." This is her first book, and she wrote it in just three months. In it, she details her spiritual journey to the home of Martin Luther and the transformation she experienced.

Otto Kinzel makes his big return to talk about his new project, Skin Drone! Working with fellow musician Erik Martin, these two have crafted a metal album that screams from the genre's heyday. These two worked hundreds of miles apart, through e-mail and phone, and the result is one hell of an album!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

June 9, 2016: Comedian Mike Hanley/Author James Scorzelli/Comedians Allen McRae and Matt Fear/Singer-songwriter Anna Madsen

Brian Coombs and Anna Madsen with the Citywide crew
Comedian Mike Hanley has so many stories about all the shows he's done, and how he handles some difficult audience members. He shares a few of them, and some rather memorable fans. This guy's won a slew of awards and been a finalist in many comedy competitions.

From a brief chance encounter, author James Scorzelli penned his novel "Retribution," about how a priest haunted by his work with the Nuremberg trials and selfish young man both grow and change from each other's company.

Comedians Allen McRae and Matt Fear talk about their new monthly sketch comedy program "Terrible People" and the return of the popular show "Comedy, America!" What do they have in store, and how did Terrible People come to be?

Singer-songwriter Anna Madsen's new album, "Efflorescence," is a hauntingly beautiful collection of music produced by Rocking Horse Studios. Brian Coombs of Rocking Horse and Anna talk about the work that went into this new album, the video for her past work, "Palm Reader," and the response from fans

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

June 2, 2016: People Eating Machines/Comedian Steve Scarfo/Project2Studios

Max and Gina with People Eating Machines

The metal band People Eating Machines make some amazing music, and they open the show an epic as hell live set! They've got new music in the works, plus a show on June 17, and we talk about how they formed, and new music they have in the works.

We spent a lot of time watching the hilarious comedy stylings of Steve Scarfo, and he calls in to talk about the many real-life things that make it into his act, as well as his recent foray into major and independent film.

Musicians looking to make a music video won't want to miss our interview with the guys from Project 2 Studios. This Manchester-based company has made some amazing videos, including one with a rocket chair! That's right, rocket chair.

Monday, May 30, 2016

May 26, 2016: R.D. King/Studio 550/The Dirty Dottys/Chuggernaut

NOTE: The May 31 show that R.D. King was scheduled to play at has been canceled.

Instrumental musician R.D. King opens the show with some beautiful acoustic songs. We talk about the journeys he's taken and how they've become woven into his debut album and how people interpret his music.

Next up, Monica Leap of Studio 550, located in Manchester, N.H. joins us. Her studio has classes galore, from stained glass painting to martial arts. Currently, they're running a Monster Hunt were people craft clay monsters and leave them all over the city for people to find. Along with the varied classes, Monica shares how they work with those brand new to the art world.

The Dirty Dottys start off the second hour with some never before released tracks for Citywide! They've also got a new album in the works, and a Kickstarter campaign with some amazing prizes.

The metal band Chuggernaut keeps the new music rolling on! They've got a new EP, "First Batch," and they share the stories behind the songs, such as the many attempts to find the perfect opener for "Beer Mountain." They're also going on tour this summer, with spots in Connecticut, Tennessee, and New York.

Monday, May 23, 2016

May 19, 2016: EBASS/Cape Ann Brewing/Confused by Love

Hailey Magee, founder of the Emerging Boston Area Singer Songwriters group is back to talk about how best to engage with an audience as part of our monthly EBASS segment This is a pretty insightful discussion that touches on how to really connect with fans both in person and online.
Plus, singer-songwriter Nate Taylor is coming with her, and he's got a new album coming out, "Harboring Hope." We also talk about a promise he made to himself in 2013 to make music his career.

Ben Lauranzano of Cape Ann Brewing shares a few beers with the Citywide crew and tells us about how the business got its start and the many
flavors that they offer. We talk about what makes a really good beer, the seasonal flavors, and how New England has made a name for itself in
the beer industry.

Filmmaker Crosby Tatum, producer Opal Thompson and actor Keith Mascoll are on for the award-winning romantic comedy, Confused by Love. The movie was recently accepted into the Roxbury International Film Festival in June. When a couple is facing foreclosure on their home, an offer to
save them brings some secrets to light.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

May 12, 2016: Dorothea Jensen/Manni Festo/Copperfrog Games

[L-R] Max, Michael Epstein, and Gina holding the boards from "Tattoo"

We're opening the show with author Dorothea Jensen's book, "A Buss From Lafayette." This book, which is set in the 19th century, is centered on 14-year-old Clara Hargraves and her life on a farm in Hopkinton, a small New Hampshire town. Things have taken a drastic turn for the worse, but in hearing the stories from her friends and neighbors--and the legendary General Lafayette--she gains a new perspective on her troubles.

Hip-hop artist Manni Festo is next, for his recent album release, "Skeletones." Manni's been very busy of late, with shows and new music videos, and he tells us what went into this album, his time growing up in Montclair, N.J., and the many, many people who contributed to his recent release.

Michael Epstein brings the gaming world to Citywide for his new tabletop game, "Tattoo! The Game of Ink." He debuted this project at Pax East in April, and lays out the origin of the game, the tattoo artists who offered their art, and how to play.