Saturday, March 26, 2016

March 24, 2016: Bullethead/Adessa on Bay State/Steve Sheppard

Bullethead gets set up for their live set
Former co-hosts Jeff Royds returns with his bandmates in Bullethead and they absolutely rock with a killer live set! They've got plenty of shows happening, and we talk about how this group came together and their plans for the future.

Next up is the band Adessa on Bay State. They're in the process of recording a new album, and share a few live tunes on the show. This foursome is recently formed, and they share the story of how they met, and what each has brought to the table.

Last is Author Steve Sheppard, to talk about his award-winning book, "Tourist Town: A Nantucket Idyll." A longtime resident of Nantucket, Steve's time served to craft this story of mystery and a lost past with a eclectic cast of characters.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

March 17, 2016: Venus Mars Project/EBASS: Ariel Strasser and Triton Taylor/New England Music Awards

Triton Taylor

Starting this week's show, we've got Peter and Jacyn from the Venus Mars Project in the house, one of the nominees for The New England Music Awards.This band has been playing some amazing shows around the city, and we'll talk about the newest members, and potential for international shows.

Next, it's the return of the Emerging Boston Area Singer Songwriters group. Ariel Strasser, Ken Budka, and Triton Taylor are on this month's segment, playing some great live music and discussing what artists should consider before and while touring. Those looking to expand beyond their normal show area can learn a lot from this segment.

Joe G from the New England Music Awards helps us close out the show. Now in its fifth year, this event showcases the best of the area in every genre imaginable. Joe gives us a preview of what to expect at this year's NEMA show, and what goes into putting it together.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

March 10, 2016: Wreckless Wreck Chords/The Head/Film tax credits/Dry Branch Fire Squad

Max flies solo once more on this week's show, but he's far from alone. The guys from Worm and Wreckless Wreck Chords are in the studio to talk about their upcoming shows this and next month. Along with some great local talent, they've added touring band Andy Social and the Antidotes to the lineup of their April 4 show.

Jack Shaw from Atlanta-based band The Head calls in to talk about their 80-spot tour, now in progress. This great band has made a name for itself in Boston with some recent shows, and their tour will take them across the nation, including several shows at SXSW.

AJ Orsini of Good Natured Dog Productions joins me to talk about the proposal to cut the Film Tax Credits that have led to so many big-name productions to be made in Boston, which has in turn led to a lot of local filmmakers to find steady employment.
Does the credit in fact lead to long-term or steady employment for local film crews? Local legislators say no, that many of the jobs go to out of state workers. What do you think?

Ron Thomason of the band Dry Branch Fire Squad calls in to close out the show in an epic way. For the last 40 years, this amazing bluegrass quartet has played shows on a global scale, even organizing two festivals that feature dozens of bands. They recently performed at the Heritage Museum in Lexington, and Ron talks about how much the area has changed since he was last there.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

March 3, 2016: Mike Bond/Ben Phillippo and Cara Campanelli/Isolated Antagonist/Troy Kent

Isolated Antagonist
This week we're talking to two of the first-place winners in the New England Book Festival. First up is Mike Bond, who took home the first prize in fiction with his new thriller, "Killing Maine." Ranked by a recent Gallup poll as one of the least-trusted by its own residents, the corruption of the state's government forms the backdrop of this story, one of an innocent man framed for murder. Pono Hawkins, far from being a friend to the accused, is the only one that can save him, but he'll need to battle an entire state to do it.

Next up are Ben Phillippo and Cara Campanelli. They directed and produced an amazing music video for the band Gem Club, with breathtaking visual effects and a sad, but meaningful story. Hear what went into this project and what's next.

The metal band Isolated Antagonist has a new CD out, "Affirmation of Entropy." We're playing a few tracks off this and talking about the glory days of the genre and how they hope to bring it back.

Troy Kent is another NEBF winner--his book, "The Reading Promise," took home first place in the children's category, and grand prize of the entire festival. The story is one of a struggling mother who gives he child the only gift she can--a promise to read each and every day. We'll talk about the challenges that children's writers face, and an interesting question that many of Kent's fans have raised.

Feb. 25, 2016: Eternals/The Versa Contrast/Tret Fure

We're starting tomorrow's show with a live set from the band Eternals. They've got a new single out, and a new album on the way.

Guest co-host Matt Martino returns tomorrow with his guests, The Versa Contrast. These guys also have new tunes to share, and their first show of the new year!

Bringing the show to a close will be Tret Fure. She talks about her new CD....her 15th to date, and the personal stories she shares with her music.