Monday, May 23, 2016

May 19, 2016: EBASS/Cape Ann Brewing/Confused by Love

Hailey Magee, founder of the Emerging Boston Area Singer Songwriters group is back to talk about how best to engage with an audience as part of our monthly EBASS segment This is a pretty insightful discussion that touches on how to really connect with fans both in person and online.
Plus, singer-songwriter Nate Taylor is coming with her, and he's got a new album coming out, "Harboring Hope." We also talk about a promise he made to himself in 2013 to make music his career.

Ben Lauranzano of Cape Ann Brewing shares a few beers with the Citywide crew and tells us about how the business got its start and the many
flavors that they offer. We talk about what makes a really good beer, the seasonal flavors, and how New England has made a name for itself in
the beer industry.

Filmmaker Crosby Tatum, producer Opal Thompson and actor Keith Mascoll are on for the award-winning romantic comedy, Confused by Love. The movie was recently accepted into the Roxbury International Film Festival in June. When a couple is facing foreclosure on their home, an offer to
save them brings some secrets to light.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

May 12, 2016: Dorothea Jensen/Manni Festo/Copperfrog Games

[L-R] Max, Michael Epstein, and Gina holding the boards from "Tattoo"

We're opening the show with author Dorothea Jensen's book, "A Buss From Lafayette." This book, which is set in the 19th century, is centered on 14-year-old Clara Hargraves and her life on a farm in Hopkinton, a small New Hampshire town. Things have taken a drastic turn for the worse, but in hearing the stories from her friends and neighbors--and the legendary General Lafayette--she gains a new perspective on her troubles.

Hip-hop artist Manni Festo is next, for his recent album release, "Skeletones." Manni's been very busy of late, with shows and new music videos, and he tells us what went into this album, his time growing up in Montclair, N.J., and the many, many people who contributed to his recent release.

Michael Epstein brings the gaming world to Citywide for his new tabletop game, "Tattoo! The Game of Ink." He debuted this project at Pax East in April, and lays out the origin of the game, the tattoo artists who offered their art, and how to play.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

May 5, 2016: The Head/Corey Rodrigues/Eternal Embrace/Ruby Rose Fox

Max, Gina, and Corey Rodrigues
This week was a huge one! Author Gina House begins her co-host residency and does an absolutely awesome job! Plus, Matt Zappa comes back to join the show in between touring with Math the Band and recording new music!

Jack Shaw of The Head joins us to talk about the band's 80-spot tour that they just did over the last few months. They did this all on their own, and that's a real testament to what DIY can accomplish. Now that the tour has been put to bed, they're working on a new 13-song album.

Comedian Corey Rodrigues is far more than a funny personality. He's done a lot of work in film and music videos, and is always working towards that next big milestone. He shares some of his experiences on stage and a few brain-teasers.

Ethan Peasley is the author of the vampire-themed books "Immortal Touch" and "Eternal Embrace." He's been a reader of vampire lore and hopes to bring the genre back to its roots that made it so good in the first place.

Ruby Rose Fox is a name that's well known in Boston and for good reason! The band has put on some stellar shows over the years, and now have a debut EP to release later this month. Ruby shares some of the personal tales behind these new songs and we play a few of them.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

April 28, 2016: EBASS/Carlin Tripp/Jaysen Christopher/Whoopi Sticks

Author Jaysen Christopher
This week we welcome back Hailey Magee of EBASS for our monthly busiess/music segment. This month, Hailey and I chat with singer-songwriter Carlin Tripp about some of the do's and don'ts of bands when they perform. Afterward, Carlin talks about his 18Strings concert series, which has become a popular show at the Dedam Square Coffeehouse. Carlin also plays a few songs that have some very special meaning to him.

Author Jaysen Christopher is next and has he got a story to tell! His debut book, "Judgement Day," is a twisty little mystery that takes former CIA agent Kaylyn Vale on an intense ride as she tries to find out who is responsible for the serial murder of judges.

The band Whoopi Sticks rounds out the show, with new music and a great lineup scheduled for the Middle East on May 7. They also share some ideas on how to create a musical community, and what they'd like to see come of it.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

April 21, 2016: Riddle and the Stars/Arc Iris/The Chestnuts

Sam the Dealmaker and Ben the Beardmaster of The Chestnuts

Bobbo and Tracy Byrnes of The Fallen Stars and singer-songwriter Ben Riddle of Australia are first on deck to talk about their new collaborative project, "Riddle & The Stars." The three met while on tour and found their sounds meshed to well that an album together was the natural result. They're on tour now, with an upcoming show in Lowell on April 28.

Providence-based Arc Iris is next, and along with an ongoing tour of their own, we discuss the beautiful music videos that have been created for them by director Anne Beal. And as a special surprise, Anne shows up just in time to join us for a surprise interview to talk about how she visualized their sounds.

The Chestnuts were on two weeks ago for an amazing live set, and they're back once more. Is this the beginning of a Citywide residency? Maybe, but for now we talk about how this new band met, spin a brand new song, look to their plans for the summer, and discuss their desire for a future album release.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

April 14, 2016: Gay Sin/Greg Adams

Gay Sin performing live 

Matt Martino returns as guest co-host, with some big news about his feature film, "Chainsaw Maidens From Hell!"

The band Gay Sin is on first with a stellar live set! They've got a ton of shows happening this spring and summer, and a demo in the works very soon. We talk about how this recently-formed band got together, and give tons of shout-outs to friends and fans.

An old friend returns! Singer-songwriter Greg Adams has new music in the works, but perhaps the bigger news is that he's moving to Nashville in May. After performing in New York and Boston, Greg says he's ready to take his music to the next level, and has already made a number of contacts in Nashville's music community.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

April 7, 2016: The Chestnuts/George Woods

The Chestnuts
Matt Zappa returns for our first April episode! He's got big news to share about some upcoming tours that he's a part of.

The Chestnuts open the show with some sick live tunes. They're a recent formation, but they've been hard at work on recording some new music and playing shows.

George Woods, an old friend of the show, joins us to talk about his first new music since 2013, "I Am," an album that explores some of the more personal stories of his life. He's been running a PledgeMusic campaign, with some great success. He plays a live tune as well, and we give you a listen to his first single release, "Highest Love."