Saturday, May 23, 2015

May 21, 2015: Four Point Restraints/Dr. Johnny Lops/E.A. Rappaport/Lysten Boston

Matt and Max with Dr. Johnny Lops

The band Four Point Restraints return to Citywide Blackout to tell us about some new music in the works, an upcoming show at Club Bohemia, and to delight our ears with a live acoustic set.

Next, w have the pleasure of talking to Dr. Johnny Lops, author of the self help book, "Reinvent Yourself: The Essential Tools from a Brooklyn Psychiatrist Who Has Seen It All."
How do we rise above anger and self-doubt to achieve our most deeply held goals? We'll talk about this and much more.

Author E.A. Rappaport of Owl King Publishing calls in to talk about his lengthy fantasy series, which will bring together nine books from six separate trilogies to form one expansive world! Plus, he's got new comic titles in the works.

Like going to shows? Then stick around for our final interview with Alyssa Spector of Lysten Boston, a great resource for musicians, fans, and venues.
Alyssa's been booking shows of all kinds, and we'll pick her brain for all the how-tos of what makes a great event.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

May 14, 2015: The Bostonian/Meg Stafford/Zanea Morisho/Divertir Publishing

We open the show with filmmaker Michael DeMasi and actor Paul Held to talk about the film, "The Bostonian," a thriller set in our own backyard. They tell us about the making of this great movie, and what else lies in store for these greats of the local film world.
Meg Stafford joins us talk about her book, "The Topic of Cancer," a look at her own battle with cancer and how she found strength from those around her. She's also got a new book in the works about her trip to Nepal. With the recent tragic earthquake, she felt it was right to chronicle her trip and help to raise money for those in need.

All the way from Los Angeles, R&B/Dance artist Zaena Morisho joins us over the phone to give us the scoop on her upcoming project "Rock the Natural." It's part of a new monthly segment where we introduce you, the listener, to artists from outside New England.

Ken Tupper of Divertir Publishing joins us to talk about the newest releases of this Salem, NH-based company, as well as the trials and tribulations of the indie author world. He's shared so many great books with us, and we can't wait to talk about them!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

May 7, 2015: Heather Woods/Archer Mayor/Frank Smith/Steephill

Matt and Max with author Frank Smith (center)
Heather Woods joins us to talk about the EP release show for "Let Me In." This album has been a long time coming, and she'll be devoting the merch proceeds to a cause very close to her.

Author Archer Mayor calls in to talk about his 25-book series starring Detective Joe Gunther, the genesis of this character and how his work as a investigator and detective have influenced his literary creations.

Author Frank Smith reveals the story behind his debut novel, "Dream Singer." It's a tale of loss and betrayal, and in some ways reflects the people and experiences of Frank's own life.

The band Steephill rounds out the show with some great tunes, tales of artists that they've met and worked with, and the meeting of the minds that have led to this incredible musical collaboration.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

April 30, 2015: Kathleen Rowe/Jordan Pacheco/Jodie Lew-Smith/Jade Sylvan and Fem Bones

Matt and Max with guest co-host Matt Martino and poet-author Jade Sylvan

Kathleen Rowe joins us to talk about her book, Explore the Charles, an in-depth look at the history behind one of the most famous landmarks in Boston. She provides a great historical background into one of the city's most famous landmarks, things that even native Bostonians might not know about

Guest co-host Matt Martino brings on filmmaker Jordan Pacheco to talk about his new horror movie "Provoked," which follows a group of amateur paranormal investigators who have never found proof....until it follows them home. It's something Jordan has some real-life experience with and he shares those stories, as well as other projects he has in the works.

Author Jodi Lew-Smith calls in to talk about her book, The Clever Mill Horse, the first in a history series. This part is set in 1810, and focuses on one woman's promise to her family, and her fight to save them.

For our final interview of the show, we welcome back poet and author Jade Sylvan to hear about her newest project, Spider Cult the Musical, which she's working with the legendary Fem Bones. It's a story of lust, revenge, mythology, and they need your help to make it happen.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

April 23, 2015: Skunk Pilot/James Currie/Kevin Parham

Skunk Pilot plays live

This week we're presenting the amazing indie space funk styles of the two-member band Skunk Pilot! These two have a great music history, but this all-new venture has a great sounds all it's own. Max Rome and Jake Moody play a killer live set that's sure to please!

Next up, author James Currie talks about the wildlife of Africa, the subject of his new book, "When Eagles Roar: The Amazing Journey of an African Wildlife Adventurer," which he co-wrote with Bonnie Fladung. Currie joins us over the phone to talk about his many experiences, both humorous and treacherous, as well as what it's like to be a park ranger in Africa.

Author Kevin Parham shares his stories of spending 50 summers in Martha's Vineyard, which are the subject of his book, "The Vineyard We Knew: A Recollection of Summers on Martha's Vineyard." Parham talks about what life there was like when he was a child, how it's changed, and some of the little-known facts of the Vineyard.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

April 16, 2015: Anda Volley/My Silent Bravery/Deborah Irving/Steven Porter

Matthew Wade of My Silent Bravery

Host Max Bowen flies solo this week, and his first guest is electro singer-songwriter Anda Volley. Over the past year, she's made amazing headway in her career, and she has a huge announcement about an upcoming performance this May. She also has new music to share, and a special contest for her upcoming show on April 30.

Matthew Wade of My Silent Bravery also has new tunes to showcase, a remix of his previous album, "Diamond from Coal." He's worked with some incredibly talented people, including Boston's own Shea Rose.

Author Deborah Irving shares the story of hew book, "Waking Up White." It chronicles her perspective of racism and racial tensions in her hometown of Winchester, and later, working in Boston. This is an issue which we can all help to improve on.

Steven Porter is next, and as the president of the Association of Rhode Island Authors, founder of his own publishing company alongside his wife. and with two books to his name, it's hard to imagine how this man sleeps. He gives us his take on indie publishing in 2015 and how it's gotten better.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

April 9, 2015: Good Natured Dog Productions/Gina House/Greg Adams/Anne Litwin

Alecia Orsini from the film company Good Natured Dog Productions talks about the group's 10-year anniversary and their plans for the future. With short and feature films, commercial work, and regular participation in the 48-Hour Film Festival, this creative company has much to be proud of. Orsini also talks about the recent movement to retain the state's tax incentive for filmmakers.

Author Gina House outlines her two books on knitting in her Sleepy Eyes Knits series. She's got some great designs, and interesting insight into the world of knitting circles. Let's just say it's not your grandma's knitting club. Gina's also an archer and relates how she got into the sport and how it's helped her with her work.

New York-based singer-songwriter Greg Adams has been making some big waves in Boston with recent performances at the Hard Rock Cafe and Copperfield's. He's also re-releasing his album, "All or Nothing," following his signing with a PR firm, so there's a lot of great news to share.

Author Anne Litwin shares the origins of her new book, "New Rules for Women." It's all about changing the way that women work together to foster unity and highlight the struggles they still face. It's a fascinating topic, and one that we're glad to discuss.