Sunday, April 23, 2017

April 20, 2017: Mieka B/Ellen Herrick/Alissa Musto/Ungovernable Films

Alissa Musto performs live
This week, friend and Boston filmmaker Matt Martino joins us!

Though Mieka B is fairly early in her career, she's made great strides with an upcoming EP, several single releases, and a music video in the works. We talk all about this, what got her into music in the first place, and her dreams as a hip-hop artist.

Author Ellen Herrick has a wonderful story to share in her new book, "The Forbidden Garden." The second in her series starring the eclectic, whimsical, and hilarious Sparrow Sisters, the story came about through fan requests to see Sorrel Sparrow in her own adventure. We look at Sorrel's journey to try and save a Shakespearean garden that has defied efforts to restore it, and how its fate is linked to hers.

Singer-songwriter Alissa Musto is a strong advocate of music education, and in this interview, we talk about the work she's done to further this. A daughter of a musician, and we talk about all that she learned, both at home and on the road.

Dave Sullivan and Paul McAlarney of Ungovernable Films round out the show. This company produces some of the most intense, horrifying movies around, and we talk about how they push the envelope, recent release "The Ungovernable Force," and upcoming "The Streets Run Red."

Sunday, April 16, 2017

April 13, 2017: Katie Dobbins/BADD/Ben DeUrso

Katie Dobbins
There's some great new music in store in this week's show! Katie Dobbins is first up for her soon-to-be-released debut album "She if Free." This album covers 11 years of songwriting that signifies Katie's struggle with her fears about her music and sharing it with the world. Katie also plays some great live music.

Hip-hop artist BADD is back for a third run on the show, and as always, he's got a lot to cover. He debuts a new song, "C4Change," written in support of Boston City Council candidate Charles Clemons Muhammad. BADD also introduces fellow hip-hop artists Smoove and Mitts, who have both been writing since the young age of 12.

Ben DeUrso's a familiar face on Citywide, and he comes back to talk about his recently-formed band Koogler, which recently performed the soundtrack to the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack.

Monday, April 10, 2017

March 6, 2017: Whoopi Sticks/Jazzmyn Red

Jazzmyn Red
This week on Citywide, co-host Matt Zappa makes his big return to full-time! He's been sorely missed these past 12 months, but he resumes his role with incredible energy.

First up is the band Whoopi Sticks. They've got two new singles, "Jaws" and "C.I.Anal." Jaws is based off the movie of the same name, and we share our favorite lines from the show. The band tells us about their upcoming shows and future music releases.

Music promoter/branding agent Nina Pickell is back as well, and she brings with her hip-hop/R&B artist Jazzmyn Red. Her new album, "Writing HERstory" shares some deeply personal stories, and we talk about what it means to talk about them on stage.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Blackout Bootleg: Boskone Podcast, Volume 3

In our last interview as part of the Boskone podcast series, Matt and Max sit down with author B.J. Williams, a Boston-based writer and member of Dragonwell Publishing, Kenneth Rogers, Jr. to talk about his award-winning title "Sequence," and Brandon Sanderson, whose many works have earned him a number of awards, and several being optioned as movies.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

March 30 2017: Fordham Road/Travel Amygdala/Bryan Reesman

Travel Amygdala
We open the show with a killer live set from the band Fordham Road. This band has only been together for a short time, and have been busy as hell with lots of shows, and the recent release of their new EP. Plus, they're going on tour this spring!

The guys from Travel Amygdala talks about their 10-year anniversary as a band, marked by the release of their new EP, "Regeneration." We also look at some of their best show stories, and their recent tour in support of the EP.

In his long career as an entertainment journalist, Bryan Reesman has sat down with some of the biggest names in the music industry. He recently delved into the history of Bon Jovi for a new biography, "Bon Jovi: The Story." We talk about the work that went into it, what he learned about the band, and how the fans reacted. We also take a look at Bryan's career and some of the music greats that he's interviewed.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

March 23, 2017: Positive Negative Man/Mariachi flor de Toloache/Cube Ref

Cube Ref and the crew behind "The Virus"
The band Positive Negative Man is first on deck, with a great story on how they came together. They've got a diverse background given all their former projects and range of styles. They're also working on new material, and will be hitting the stage in May.

The all-female Mariachi flor de Toloache is next. They're performing at the Isabella Gardener Museum as part of its monthly RISE series, which pairs established performers with those who are newer to the stage. Member Mireya Ramos talks to Max in a pre-recorded interview about the show and they're upcoming second album.

Hip-hop artist Cube Ref brings in quite the talented crew to talk about the newest compilation produced by DNA, and featuring some amazing performers. They even rock a sick freestyle session to bring the show to a close.

As a special bonus, we play two songs from Lital Yohay, a singer-songwriter and music teacher from Israel.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

March 16, 2017: Aaron Chase/Boston Underground Film Festival/Zaid Tabani

The crew of the Boston Underground Film Festival
Aaron Chase, lead singer of the band of the same name, is on first to talk about this newest musical project, and how it stands apart from his previous work as a solo artist and in bands. We hear about his time at Berklee College of Music, and the upcoming release of his debut EP, âDiary of a Thief.â

Chris Hallock, Kevin Monahan, and Nicole McControversy are some of the minds behind the upcoming Boston Underground Film Festival, an annual showcase of some of the best filmmakers from all over. Nicole walks us through the selection process and how she determines what films she'd like featured in the festival, now in its 19th year. Chris and Kevin share their insights into what makes a good movie, as well as some of the artists featured this year.

Hip-hop artist Zaid Tabani hails from Southern California, but has called Boston home for the past four years. He tells the story about what brought him to the East Coast and his thoughts on its music scene. Zaid also talks about the message behind his music, as well as how he became immersed in the video game industry.