Monday, May 30, 2016

May 26, 2016: R.D. King/Studio 550/The Dirty Dottys/Chuggernaut

NOTE: The May 31 show that R.D. King was scheduled to play at has been canceled.

Instrumental musician R.D. King opens the show with some beautiful acoustic songs. We talk about the journeys he's taken and how they've become woven into his debut album and how people interpret his music.

Next up, Monica Leap of Studio 550, located in Manchester, N.H. joins us. Her studio has classes galore, from stained glass painting to martial arts. Currently, they're running a Monster Hunt were people craft clay monsters and leave them all over the city for people to find. Along with the varied classes, Monica shares how they work with those brand new to the art world.

The Dirty Dottys start off the second hour with some never before released tracks for Citywide! They've also got a new album in the works, and a Kickstarter campaign with some amazing prizes.

The metal band Chuggernaut keeps the new music rolling on! They've got a new EP, "First Batch," and they share the stories behind the songs, such as the many attempts to find the perfect opener for "Beer Mountain." They're also going on tour this summer, with spots in Connecticut, Tennessee, and New York.

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.