Sunday, August 28, 2016

Citywide Blackout, Aug. 25, 2016: Earth Heart/Breakfast Project/John McIlveen/Gail Gilbert

Author John McIlveen
The three-piece band Earth Heart plays a stellar live set to open the show. Following that, Natan, Matt, and Katie talk to Max about the band's upcoming music video and recent release of their debut full-length, "Homesick."

Kaedon Gray and Joe Mancini from The Breakfast Project are back! The band was last on the show in December, and since then have been up to a lot, with new music and lots of shows. Now, we talk about the state of pop music and the importance of always staying unique and true to your own style.

Author John McIlveen closes the show with a discussion about his latest release, "Hannahwhere." A thriller with a strong message about child abuse, this book begins with a missing girl and the mysterious place called "Hannahwhere."

BONUS: The Blackout Bootleg series continues with our coverage of the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival. Gail Gilbert's short film, "Democracy in the Driver's Seat" starts with a group of passengers on a bus working together for a common goal, and the shocking twist at the end.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Aug. 18, 2016: Scott Goudsward/Massachusetts Independent Film Festival/R. Patrick Gates/Jennifer Vaughn

Dede Crimmins, Chris Hallock, and Max
Max flies solo tonight, but he's got plenty of guests to keep him company. First up is author Scott T. Goudsward who will be at the upcoming Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival. He's got some great new thrillers out, including "Fountain of the Dead," a great zombie story set here in Boston! 

The Massachusetts Independent Film Festival returns on Aug. 26, and organizers Dede Crimmins and Chris Hallock talk about the filmmakers, who they're most eager to see, and the endless work that goes into putting it together. There are some great films on deck, including the newest work by Italian shock maestro Luigi Cozzi.

It's a music/book combo to end the show with R. Patrick Gates as he shares his latest release, "Savage," the story of what happens when someone loses what makes their life special and strides the line between justice and vengeance. This one has a deeply personal connection, and Patrick also talks about "The Prison," a fictional story based on some chilling real-life occurrences.

BLACKOUT BOOTLEG: Guest co-host Gina House returns as Max heads north to New Hampshire for an interview with journalist and author Jennifer Vaughn for her book, "Throw Away Girls." When dead girls begin to pile up at seedy nightclubs that cater to whimsical, fetish-seeking strangers, reporter Jaycee Wilder suspects a serial killer is at work. But what happens when she begins tracking the clues?

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Aug. 11, 2016: Kay Wattz/Rich Feitelberg/Jason Parent/Johnny Blazes

Opening the show, we've got hip-hop talent Kay Wattz. With great lyrics and some amazing beats, Kay is prepping for a mix tape drop and the current hip-hop scene here in Boston.

Author Rich Feitelberg talks about his popular Aglaril Cycle fantasy series and his recent appearance the Seacoast Comic Con. Rich's book series takes place in a rich, diverse world that he spent years crafting before putting pen to paper.

Jason Parent has a new novella out, "Unseemly," about a graverobber drawn back into the business, but that's not all this great writer has on the table, including thrillers and horror stories galore and an upcoming anthology. Jason also talks about his recent appearance at the Seacoast Comic-Con.

BONUS: The last chapter of our Blackout Bootleg interviews at Outside the Box, Max talks to Johnny Blazes of Johnny Blazes and the Pretty Boys.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Aug. 4, 2016: Justin Bell/Alyssa Marie/Jen Minor/Honeysuckle/Blackout Bootleg: Rosalita's Puppets

Author Justin Bell got his start writing a fiction series based on the G.I. Joe television and comic series. This was such a great success, he moved on to his own sci-fi series, Operation Harvest, which chronicles the work at GenTech and the bizarre science that comes from it.

Hip-hop artist Alyssa Marie just released a new album, "Louder Than Words," and in between playing some of the sick beats, she talks about her dedication to her work, how it drives her, and where it all began.

Jen Minor is a huge fan of Freddy Mercury, and on Aug. 10, she's organized an amazing tribute show at Oberon to not only celebrate his work, but support some wonderful charities. Jen shares some of her favorite Freddy songs and how he's inspired her own work as a songwriter.

The band Honeysuckle has just returned from a stellar performance at the Lollapalooza music festival and we hear the whole after-action report of the artists they saw while they were there. Plus, they share the details of their recent album release.

BONUS: Our Blackout Bootleg series from Outside the Box continues with Charlotte Dore, founder of Rosalita's Puppets, as she talks about she connects with young audiences, and the many puppets and marionettes she's made by hand over the years.