Sunday, July 24, 2016

July 21, 2016: Rob Smales/Achilles/Dronehead Odyssey/Chris Philbrook/Mane De La Parre

Adrian Eberth and Max 
It's a creepy and spine-tingling show, just the way we like it! Author Rob Smales is on deck first, with a new book, "Echoes of Darkness." Though definitely a horror-themed tale, this collection of short stories stems from the darkness inside each of us, and what we'd do if it ever got out.

Adrian Eberth of the metal band Achilles talks about the band's new album, "Dirge For the Earth." This took three years of hard work, lineup changes, blood, sweat, and beers, and the results speak for themselves. You'll hear plenty of the songs off the album, as well as the stories behind the songs.

Matt Fuller of Dronehead Odyssey comes on next to talk about his new album, "Bang Bang Fortuna." This one takes a different track than his first album, incorporating some singer-songwriting elements and blending them with his unique electronic style.

Chris Philbrook, author of horror and fantasy titles, shares his plans for the zombie uprising and the genesis of his books, "Adrian's Undead Diary," "Lesser: A Dragon Among Us," and "Elmoryn." All take place in deep, detailed worlds, some familiar and some completely unique to Chris' imagination.

BONUS: Singer/actor Mane De La Parre was among the many talented performers at the recent Outside the Box festival. In this interview, he tells us what it was like going to Berklee College of Music, his foray into acting, and the unique ways that music can connect with an audience.

July 21, 2016: Rob Smales/Achilles/Dronehead Odyssey/Chris Philbrook

Adrian Eberth and Max 
It's a creepy and spine-tingling show, just the way we like it! Author Rob Smales is on deck first, with a new book, "Echoes of Darkness." Though definitely a horror-themed tale, this collection of short stories stems from the darkness inside each of us, and what we'd do if it ever got out.

Adrian Eberth of the metal band Achilles talks about the band's new album, "Dirge For the Earth." This took three years of hard work, lineup changes, blood, sweat, and beers, and the results speak for themselves. You'll hear plenty of the songs off the album, as well as the stories behind the songs.

Matt Fuller of Dronehead Odyssey comes on next to talk about his new album, "Bang Bang Fortuna." This one takes a different track than his first album, incorporating some singer-songwriting elements and blending them with his unique electronic style.

Chris Philbrook, author of horror and fantasy titles, shares his plans for the zombie uprising and the genesis of his books, "Adrian's Undead Diary," "Lesser: A Dragon Among Us," and "Elmoryn." All take place in deep, detailed worlds, some familiar and some completely unique to Chris' imagination.

BONUS: Singer/actor Mane De La Parre was among the many talented performers at the recent Outside the Box festival. In this interview, he tells us what it was like going to Berklee College of Music, his foray into acting, and the unique ways that music can connect with an audience.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

July 14, 2016: Triton Taylor/B.A.D.D. and Shake Paper/Dale Philipps/Ryan Sweezey

After a two-week hiatus, I'm back with lots of great guests! We open with singer-songwriter Triton Taylor Music, and his new EP, "Sure." This one's been a year in the making, and touches on love, relationships, and the highs and lows that we all experience. Triton shares a couple of these through a live set on the show.

Hip-hop artists B.A.D.D. and Shake Paper join me to talk about their music and working with OMT Promotions. B.A.D.D. shares a lot about how his upbringing shaped his music, how he deals with the naysayers, and who to look out for in the local hip-hop scene.

Author Dale T. Phillips has penned dozens of stories over the course of his career, including the popular "Zack Taylor" mystery series. Action, comedy, and a bit of horror....he's done it all, and he shares some of those tales on the show. Plus, we speculate how Hank Philippi Ryan does so much and is still so nice!

Singer-songwriter Ryan Sweezey's music tells what he can't always put into words, focusing on love, loss, and new beginnings. He's got a new album in the works, and I can't wait to share those stories with you!

BONUS: As part of our Blackout Bootleg sessions, I went to Outside the Box to talk to the many talented artists that were part of this four-day free showcase. Kat Nasti of Kat Nasti Dance talked about the dance scene in Boston, the many styles she's encountered. and her hopes for this organization.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

June 23, 2016: Little War Twins/Aeronaut Brewery/Justin Cohn

Little War Twins [L] with Max
The band Little War Twins is up first with a sick live set. If you've ever seen this duo perform, you won't want to miss this. After, Gaetana and James talk with Max about their national tour that they've been on since April and lay out their plans for new music.

Ronn Friedlander and Ben Holmes of Aeronaut Brewing Company will join us tonight to talk about the two-year anniversary of this amazing showcase of quality beer, food, and artists. Since opening, this company has set the bar in quality beer and excellent shows. Plus, they give back with fundraiser shows and educational programs. What do they have in store for year 3? Listen and find out.

Singer-songwriter Justin Cohn has a brand new EP out, "All Aglow," and he shares a couple songs live on the show. The stories behind these songs are deeply personal, dealing with the loves and losses in his life. Justin gigs constantly, and has become a known talent in the New Hampshire area.

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