Monday, December 26, 2016

Dec. 22, 2016: Ricky Spanish/Diggy Diggz/Toni Kelner

Diggy Diggz, Max, and Ricky Spanish

It's a hip-hop showcase with Ricky Spanish and Diggy Diggz. Both these guys are pretty new to the music world, but have already made great strides with multiple studio recordings, shows, and a lot to say about their music and the stories behind it.

Plus, music promoter Keirra Walsh returns! She's the founder of Fan Girl Music, and recently made the foray into radio with her own show.

BONUS: The Blackout Bootleg series at the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival concludes with author Toni Kelner and her wide array of short stories, novels, and recent children's stories.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Dec. 15, 2016: Newton Frolich/L.M. Browning/Neon Alley/Wicked Witches/Tom Sniegoski

This week we welcome back co-host Matt Zappa! He's been on the go non-stop in the last few months and has some great stories to share.

Tonight we start the show with a little history lesson....except this is one you'll probably never hear in school. Author Newton Frolich returns to talk about his new book, "1492," a look at the history behind the voyage of Christopher Columbus and the world-changing events surrounding it. This story has a great mix for you-bloody action, political intrigue, and an in-depth look at one of the milestones of our nation.

Author L.M. Browning joins us to talk about her new book, "The Castoff Children." It's set in the year 1850, the opening days of the Industrial Revolution. Twelve kids, alone save for each other, come together to find a way to survive, and maybe, learn that they aren't as alone as they thought.

The band Neon Alley is on to talk about their new, self-titled album! They've also got a kickass music video that really sets the bar for others looking to create one. These guys have a great musical history, that goes way beyond this current musical project.

Because we can't get enough of him, Scott Goudsward is back this week, along with David Price and Dan Keohane, for their new book, "Wicked Witches: An Anthology of the New England Horror Writers." The book is a collection of some amazing writers, including Izzy Lee, John M. McIlveen, Rob Smales, James A. Moore, and many, many more!

BONUS: Author Tom Sniegoski talks to Max at the Merrimack Halloween Book Festival. Tom's done some amazing work, between his time in comics and his novels.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Dec. 8, 2016: Horror Writers Roundtable/Maura Smith/My Silent Bravery/Western Education/Scotch Mist/E.J. Stevens

Western Education
We open the show with a packed house of horror! I interview Izzy Lee, James A. Moore, Scott Goudsward, and John M. McIlveen about The Haverhill Public Library Holiday Bookfear and what makes a good horror story.

Filmmaker Maura Smith has worked on some pretty major films, like Black Mass and Spotlight Movie, but she's also produced some great work that's all her own, some of which was featured at the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival over the summer. She joins Max over the phone with fellow filmmaker Kate Brown, whom she's worked with in the past.

Matt of My Silent Bravery returns to the show with some great new tunes to share with all of you. His new album "Breakthrough" was released earlier this fall to some impressive reviews, and he'll have plenty of shows to come.

The electric rock band Western Education returns to the show for the fourth time to talk about their new album, "Restless Dreams." Their style is such a great blend of electric and rock sounds, and they've accomplished a lot in the last few years.

We're going into extra innings this week! Ed of the brotherly duo Scotch Mist joins me on to talk about their most recent release, some of which is inspired by those very close to home. Plus, he plays live with some stellar tunes!

BONUS: The Blackout Bootlegs are back! Max talks to author E.J. Stevens at the Merrimack Halloween Book Festival. She has an extensive collection of titles, including the popular Ivy Granger series.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Citywide Blackout at the Rhode Island Author Expo

Dave Crespo and I had an absolute blast broadcasting from the 2016 Rhode Island Author Expo. More than 120 authors were set up, ranging from children's authors to horror writers to biographers. We got to see some old friends and make plenty of new ones, and it's such an awe-inspiring experience to meet such a wide array of independent artists. We spoke to some amazing creators at the expo, and you can check out all the interviews here.

Dave and I want to thank Mike Squatrito and Steve Porter of the Association of Rhode Island Authors for helping to arrange this once-in-a-lifetime day for us.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Citywide Blackout, Dec. 1, 2016: Knower/Mark Perry

Author Mark Perry
Louis Cole of the LA-based band Knower calls in to talk about their upcoming performance as part of the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum's RISE music series. The band recently returned from a tour overseas, and Louis shares those stories of what it's like performing on the international stage.

Just in time for the start of the Christmas season, author Mark Perry is on to talk about his book, "Post Mark: Santaâs Misfit Postman.â Mark is one of the 125 authors that will be at the 2016 Rhode Island Author Expo.
In addition to his book, Mark is also the founder of the North Pole Postman, a cool place for kids and adults to communicate with Santa.