Friday, November 21, 2014

Citywide Blackout podcasts now available on iTunes

Citywide Blackout is now available on iTunes!! If you missed last weeks show with Best Dressed and Cougarbait you now can download it right to your phone's Podcast player. Just search Citywide Blackout in the iTunes Store or click the link below. Each segment is broken up into Chapters so you can go back and listen to a certain part or song again with ease. Each segment is also hyperlinked so if you click on the description you will be taken to that guests website to either download their music, check out shows, dates, or whatever that guest is talking about all while the show is still playing.

Last nights episode should be available by the beginning of the week and we will be rolling out past episodes as we go. Thank you for listening and now you can put us in your pocket and take us with you everywhere. That's kind of scary. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving from your favorite turkeys.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Nov. 13, 2014: Best Dressed/Cougar Bait

It's a night of brand new music on Citywide. First, Best Dressed plays some tracks from their new album, "Puzzles." We talk about what went into the making of this, their debut album, and the music scene at Northeastern University, where the foursome first met.

Cougar Bait returns with a new lineup and a brand new sound. This electronic band has reinvented itself and on Dec. 2, are releasing their new album, "Through the Other Side." This album came about in part from the shows the band members went to, and their love of the genre is clear in the exclusive tracks you'll hear in this episode.

As a bonus, Jeff Royds, founder of Support Local Music, comes back to guest co-host. He's dedicated heart and soul to helping musicians, and has some great things to share.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Nov. 6, 2014: Bent Knee/Deadfall

Bent Knee
Bent Knee returns for a live set with less than a week before the release of their new album,"Shiny Eyed Babies." There's been a lot of talk about this new collection of tunes, and you'll get an exclusive of what's in store on this episode.

The prog/metal band Deadfall is next up, and they've got shows galore coming up and a recent album release to talk about. We hit them with the big question: what was the first metal album they ever bought?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Oct. 30, 2014: Nate Kenyon/Mundo's Crazy Circus

In this somewhat abbreviated show, fantasy/science fiction author Nate Kenyon calls in to talk about his newest book, "Day One," and we give our Doomsday Team lineup. Nate's book has been optioned for a film, and he's got a lot to share about his writing process.

The four-piece rock band Mundo's Crazy Circus play some killer acoustic tunes and talk about their summer and fall concerts. They were part of the Last Band Standing Competition, and we get the story on where the name came from.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Oct. 23, 2014: Child Ride, Western Den, Awaaz Do

We debut the brand new punk band Child Ride as they play live on the show. They've got a slew of shows happening in November, including the Riotous Outburst fall festival and a Nov. 24 show at O'Brien's in Allston.

The ambient folk duo The Western Den is one of the many Berklee bands who performed at the CMJ music festival last weekend, and we got to talk to them about what they were looking forward to, plus an Oct. 30 show here in Boston.

Members of the Bollywood rock project Awaaz Do talked to us about a fundraiser they worked with last weekend for Ebola research, and how they've been bringing the Bollywood sound to Boston.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Oct. 16 show: Last Call/Drunken Logic/Armory of Horror

Max and Matt with Last Call

The rap/rock band Last Call plays a live set and tells us about their performance at the Last Band Standing finals at the Hard Rock Cafe. This South Shore-based five-piece also has a show on Halloween.

The indie-rock five-piece Drunken Logic will be performing as part of the Berklee showcase at the CMJ music festival next weekend, and they've also got a mini-tour beginning on Oct. 20.

Matt Martino, a regular on Citywide, returns to talk about his Armory of Horror haunted house, which he designed himself. It'll be at the Armory in Somerville starting Oct. 24.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Boston-based author Brian Coleman releases "Check the Technique, Vol. 2"

Featuring interviews with: Ice Cube, 3rd Bass, Stetsasonic, Mantronix, Naughty By Nature, Raekwon, Mf Doom (Kmd), Dr. Octagon, Dj Jazzy Jeff, The Coup, Edo G, Lord Finesse, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) & Talib Kweli, Kool G Rap, Black Sheep, Company Flow and dozens more.

Foreword by Adam Mansbach (Go The F*ck To Sleep & Rage Is Back). Cover artwork by Romanowski.

“My circle of liner notes junkies runs deep, and we spend many hours dissecting the chapters in Brian Coleman’s Check the Technique series. FINALLY someone has put in perspective the stuff I have been DYING to know about!!!! I can’t get enough.”
– Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

“A fantastic guide for all we do.”
– Chuck D

Check the Technique Volume 2: More Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies (Wax Facts Press), by veteran Boston-based music journalist Brian Coleman, is the follow-up to 2007’s acclaimed Check the Technique (Villard / Random House), which has sold more than 11,000 copies to date. For background and information on Coleman and the series (including ordering links), visit:

Presenting never-before-told, behind-the-scenes histories ranging from influential ‘80s masterpieces like DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper and 3rd Bass’ The Cactus Album to ‘90s classics like Ice Cube’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted, Mos Def’s and Talib Kweli’s Are Black Star and Dr. Octagon’s Dr. Octagonecologyst, the book’s approach is one that Coleman calls Invisible Liner Notes – retracing the story of an album step by step, in collaboration with the artists themselves.

Weighing in at 544 pages, the 25-chapter book includes lively, in-depth, provocative interviews with more than 80 artists, DJs, producers and industry insiders. All in all, 325 hip-hop songs are discussed and dissected, by the artists who made them.

As Coleman explains, “This third edition of my Check the Technique / Rakim Told Me series is the one that I am proudest of, by far. The interviews are deeper than ever before, the chapters are longer and more in-depth, and I have spent months gathering the 350-plus images that are included in the pages which really bring the stories of these amazing albums to life.”

Coleman’s past two books have sold more than 13,000 copies worldwide and received worldwide acclaim amongst both music and literary / cultural critics.

“Brian Coleman gets props for the exhaustive effort it took to interview the writers and producers of three dozen seminal hip-hop albums for Check the Technique. He doesn’t merely compile fresh liner notes and anecdotes from stars like Q-Tip, Chuck D and Too $hort. He captures hip-hop’s spirit from the ‘80s to the mid-‘90s, when inner-city kids discovered music through samples crammed into SP-1200 drum machines, learned the biz from shady contracts, and built their personae from their stage names up. Most admirably, Coleman sits back and lets these born storytellers talk.” – Entertainment Weekly (Neil Drumming).

“Rock historiography is full of lore about the making of canonical albums, but there hasn’t been much like that for the rap world – until now.” – Village Voice (Michaelangelo Matos).

Brian Coleman is a music journalist and historian who has authored three nonfiction music books: Check the Technique Volume 2: More Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies (Wax Facts Press, October 2014); Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies (Villard / Random House, 2007; Shinko [Japan], 2008); and Rakim Told Me: Hip-Hop Wax Facts, Straight From the Original Artists. The ‘80s (Wax Facts Press, 2005). In the ‘90s and early 2000s, he promoted avant garde jazz while moonlighting as a hip-hop journalist, contributing hundreds of articles and reviews to publications including XXL, Scratch, Wax Poetics, URB, CMJ, the Boston Herald and Metro Newspapers.

Coleman resides in Boston and runs Good Road, which encompasses a PR agency, apparel brand and record label. For more information, visit and