Monday, May 20, 2019

May 22, 2019: BALRFest 2019/ShellzdaGod/The Platform

On this week's show, Austin Arroco and Julie Diorio and I talk about the music scene of Boston and the need for more representation for its artists. This ties in with the great show coming up later in June called BALRFest 2019, showcasing Boston's BadAss Ladies of Rock. Austin helped book this show and gives us the lineup, all female-fronted bands of different genres. 

ShellzdaGod joins me to talk about his newest releases and the great global response they've received. He's had the chance to work with artists from other cities, and we talk about how he'd do if he decided to bid Boston good-bye.

Writer Alex Bernstein has a new book out called “The Platform,” in which a writer stumbles upon a murder scene that leads him to discovering a group of people living underneath a subway platform, each with a story to tell. Alex talks about the writing process, which character he likes the most, and the challenge of stepping back and labeling the book as “done.”


Featured music
FLEMT- “In My Dreams”


Carla Bonnell- “Raven's Song”


Monday, May 13, 2019

May 13, 2019: Stone Star/Lissa Schneckenburger

Lissa Schneckenberger
Comic creator Jim Zub opens the show with a detailed look at the new title, Stone Star. Jim introduces us to the team he's working with to bring this great sci-fi title to life, the story covered in the five-part series, and plans for more down the road. You can get this title exclusively on Comixology Originals.

After the break, I'm joined by singer-songwriter Lissa Schneckenburger. Her new album, available May 17, is called “Thunder In My Arms.” It's a concept album that looks at her personal experience as a foster and adoptive parent. It's sung from a number of perspectives, including that of a child in foster care. Among the shows she has planned for the album release is a June 2 performance at Once in Somerville.

Lissa's music will close out the show, and after Jim's interview, I've got “It's Dangerous (To Go Alone) from Collin Russell Mullins. This is the third single from the Austin multi-genre, singer-songwriter-guitarist.


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Pax East, Part 1






In Part 1 of our coverage of Pax East, Convention Correspondent Ben Chou chats with Daniel Beardo, co-founder of the Pax East Unofficial Community group, and the official Beachball Guy, Ted Morang.


Monday, May 6, 2019

May 6, 2019: ALX/Frankie Raye




On this week's show, I chat with ALX, a member of the Berklee College of Music's Popular Music Institute, where they get the chance to hit the stage for summer festivals, and learn from other students about song development, marketing, and promotion. ALX nerd out a bit on anime, something that has found its way into his music, and talk about his plans once college is completed. 







Next up it's Tampa-based singer-songwriter Frankie Raye. She's got a new album out called “Brave” and shares some of the stories behind her songs. Frankie's got a lot of good things to say about the Tampa music scene, and tells us about some her favorite venues.

And for music, ALX and Frankie will be on deck. From ALX, it's “King Tut” and “Often,” followed by “Brave” and “Something Else” from Frankie.

Monday, April 29, 2019

April 28, 2019: Michelle DesPres/Kayce Hughlett

Author Michelle DesPres is up first, and she has a great story to share. A certified clairvoyant, she talks about how one tells the real deal from the fakes. She's got a new book out called In "Intuitively You," and in this she breaks down the stereotypes that only certain people are gifted with intuition and teaches how intuition can be utilized in every situation. 



Kayce Stevens Hughlett lived her life in a successful career before one day deciding to give that up to pursue a new career as a life coach and author. Her new book “Soulstroller” follows her journey through family hardships, dramatic changes, and the new life she's created for herself.

The music for this week's program is “Wishing You The Best” from Monique Brown, currently up for an 2019 LDM award and “Cry” by Lightly Plugged. Both are members of the International Singer Songwriters Association.


Sunday, April 21, 2019

April 21, 2019: Divertir Publishing/Heroes and Treasure/Kate Kaufmann

Ken Tupper of Divertir Publishing opens the show with a look back at the company's 10 years in business, if Ken ever thought he'd reach this milestone. He walks us through the process of book selection and how much time he gives to the hundreds of submissions he receives each year. 



Next up, a gem from our Boskone visit, Matt Zappa and I talk to Jason Davis, creator of the family-friendly board game Heroes and Treasure. Jason talks about how he came up with the idea, the game's mechanics, and the process of getting it out to the world.

Kate Kaufmann


Last up is Kate Kaufmann for her book “Do You Have Kids? Life When the Answer is No.” The book was released earlier this month and compiles the stories of women who, for a number of reasons, did not have children. Kate talks about the stories she collected and the stigma sometimes experienced by those childless women.

And for music this week, I've got Stone the Druggist with “Burn Slow” after Ken's interview, and Amrit Ghatore's “Chess Game” after the Heroes and Treasure interview.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

April 14, 2019: Nicki Kris/Lady V

Nicki Kris





For this week's episode, singer-songwriter Nicki Kris talks about her new album “Heartbeat” and some of the very personal stories behind her music. She's a Grammy-ballotted artist and she shares her experiences with the award process. She's also had the chance to have her work featured in movies and television. 









Lady V 
Boston's own Lady V is up next and she's got a lot to talk about, from the origin of her program The V Line and some of the artists she's interviewed. She's a recent entry into social media and talks about how it's helped the program and some ways to avoid the pitfalls.

And for new music, it's another single from Finland-based artist Zuhlke, “Imaginary Me.”