Thursday, February 16, 2017

Feb. 16, 2017: Anna Madsen/Northeast Comic-Con, Or So The Story Goes/Jim Kelly and Boskone

Max with Anna Madsen
Anna Madsen makes her return to Citywide to talk about her new album, "Whisper," In addition to some brand new material, this album features re-imaginings of tracks from her last album, "Efflorescence." We play a few of these songs and discuss Anna's upcoming European tour as well as her experience working with producer Brian Coombes.

Gary Sohmers is best known as the King of Pop Culture, and if that's true, then the Northeast Comic-Con is definitely his kingdom. He's been running this event for years, and it returns in just two weeks with some amazing guests, a unique cosplay contest, and a slew of great local artists of all kinds.

Writer/Director Theresa Labreglio and cast members Diann Gogerty and Bryan Civitarese call in to talk about the web series, "Or So The Story Goes," which they've been a part of since it launched four years ago. The series, now in its third season, gives a unique perspective on classic children's tales. Beginning as a teen outreach program to teach filmmaking, the series has earned awards and become a popular young adult series.

Author Jim Kelly is joining his fellow scribes at the Boskone book festival, happening this weekend in Boston. The even will showcase nearly 200 writers and feature panels and gaming demonstrations. In addition, Jim talks about his sixth book and the life of a full-time writer.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Feb. 2, 2017: Sidestep Complex/Jonny Glenn/Blindspot

Sidestep Complex
First up is the husband-and-wife duo of Sidestep Complex. With electronic, violin, sick rap lyrics and a wide array of sounds, their sound is one of a kind. They talk about how they first formed, their unique style, and an upcoming Valentine's Day show at Out of the Blue Too.

Jonny Glenn is a South Carolina-born singer-songwriter with a great pop style that he transitioned to as he searched for a sound that resonated with him. He's in Boston now, playing lots of shows and working to become a known presence in the local scene. He's also taking the stage soon, at the Brighton Music Hall on Feb. 10.

I've been a fan of Blindspot since seeing them perform in Lowell, and over the past couple weeks they've hit a lot of milestones, including performing with Aerosmith. They're set to release their debut EP, and will be taking the stage at the Middle East on Feb. 25.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Audiobook excerpt from "The Overlords"

Max, along with voice actress Jill Cofsky and author Mike Squatrito, read an excerpt from Mike's book, "The Overlords: Journey to Salvation."

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Jan. 26, 2017: Ysaye M. Barnwell/B.A.D.D./Matt Zappa

Those attending the RISE showcase at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are in for a sneak preview, as we talk with Ysaye M. Barnwell, a singer, author, teacher, and much, much more! Her career has spanned decades and includes performing with Grammy-winning Sweet Honey in the Rock and organizing a workshop on building vocal communities that has been held on three continents! Maybe we should just give her the show?

Hip-hop artist B.A.D.D. returns with a brand new single and a cool new concept album, where he takes on his greatest enemy....himself?! Check out the podcast to hear all about this one.

Matt Zappa returns to Citywide, but this time he's in the hot seat! Matt will be talking about his upcoming presentation at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on metal and giving what's sure to be a kickass demo.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Jan. 19, 2017: Sonic Pulse/Peter Eldridge/Frosty

We open the show with the "Beer-Fueled, Bong-Ripping, Pizza-Surfin' Extreme Progressive Power Party Thrash" band Sonic Pulse! They're playing on Jan. 28 at the Revocation show in Manchester, N.H. They've got a new single out, the first of a brand new album.

Singer-songwriter Peter Eldridge has a new album, "Disappearing Day," plus a huge show on Feb. 4. He's be on to tell us all about that, touring solo and with the band New York Voices, and his time teaching at Berklee College of Music.

"Frosty" is a newest feature film from Quentin Lewis, and what a story it is! Murder, betrayal, and deceit run rampant in this fast-paced thriller. Plus, we feature some of the artists who contributed their music to this great project!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Jan. 12, 2017: L.L. Craft/Joe Rich/Chris Moreno/Zephyr Workshop

Michael Epstein, Breeze Grigas, and Emily Hancock
Author L.L. Craft is on first to talk about his two erotic horror novels, "Abigail" and "Every Dog Has Its Day." These books combine the best of both genres, and L.L. keeps the pace quick, intense, and very entertaining. 

Joe Rich is a singer-songwriter who's using his music to benefit a very worthy cause. He's written two songs, and the proceeds from the sales will benefit the Peter Frates #3 fund to end ALS. Along with telling us what led to him choosing this charity, we talk about the stories behind the songs and enjoy some great live music.

Musician Chris Moreno has a lot to be excited about-his 2017 starts with the release of a new album, "Into The Sun" and music video for his hit single, "Try." This is Chris' debut full-length album, which includes both recent music, and others written years ago. Chris also brings some great live music to the show.

The crew from Zephyr Games-Michael Epstein, Breeze Grigas, and Emily Hancock-have a stellar new game to showcase, all about combining robots! A.E.G.I.S. brings you warring nations, 90 different 'bots, and the kind of game that's easy to pick up and play. We give you a full demo, and a look at the projects to come.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Jan. 5, 2017: Four Point Restraints/Flood This Earth/Live From The Caprice/I Was Awake

Randy and Scott from Flood This Earth
The band Four Point Restraints are back in the WEMF Radio studio for our first show of 2017. They've got new members, a new album soon to drop, and we enjoy some great live tunes.

Scott and Randy of Flood This Earth have a huge show coming up at Club Jewel with Revocation, and in addition to that we talk metal, comics, and preview a brand new live album.

Live From The Caprice is a new online show that takes bands inside a massive Chevy Caprice for a very unique performance. We talk about what goes into making the shows happen, the challenges of being on the road, and some of the bands that have been a part of it.

I Was Awake are back! The guys return to talk about their new album "Facade," which features some new sounds built up over the last two years.