Thursday, September 28, 2017

Sept. 28, 2017: Gentle Temper/Lauren Kelley/The Rationales

Max Bowen and David Mirabella 
First up on the show, we've got the folk duo of Gentle Temper, Ryan Meier and Marion Earley. From a recent open mic win, this amazing pair of musicians have a number of shows lined up. We talk about their family influences and what role they played in their musical careers. Ryan and Marion also play some great acoustic tunes.

Author Lauren Kelley is next with her children's book series, "Tuggie The Patriot Pup." Based in New England, the series chronicles some of the major events in our country's history, all through the eyes of a small dog. Lauren shares the making of the series and her plans to continue it for a full 13 books. Lauren will be a part of the upcoming Rhode Island Author Expo in December and we also talk about her experience at different conventions.

Closing out the show is David Mirabella of the band The Rationales. The ban recently released a new album, "Upstream," to rave reviews both locally and nationwide. The band has been around for a decade, and we talk about their growth both musically and as people. The Rationales have long been a part of Boston's Americana scene, and we talk about how it's changed and the many faces that make it up.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sept. 21, 2017: Laurel Ostiguy/Toke the Closer

BADD with Toke the Closer and his team
This week, we see the debut of Citywide Blackout Street Team member Gina House, as she interviews the band The Last King. 

Plus, author Laurel Ostiguy opens our series of interviews of members of the upcoming 5th Annual Rhode Island Author Expo. Laurel's two books into her new Onondoga State series, and we talk about the different characters, how one spawned their own story, and how she's planned out the series. Laurel even treats us to an on-air reading from book.

Hip-hop author Toke the Closer has brought his entire production team with him to wrap up the show! He's been making music for years, and we talk about how he managed to craft his quick and precise style, how the music he makes has evolved, and future releases.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Blackout Bootleg: Mass Indie Film Festival

Max and special guest host Ben Chou talk to the organizer and creators who submitted works to the annual Mass Indie Film Festival.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sept. 14, 2017: Berklee College of Music/Whoopi Sticks/Sondro Castro

Whoopi Sticks 

It was a packed house on last week's show, where I talked to Tony Brown of birnCORE, along with Berklee College of Music students Gerson Eguiguren, Kaya Miller, and Chris Allison about their recent recording session with legendary guitarist Kaki King. The students talk about their favorite songs and what it was like working with her.

Next, it's the 246th appearance of the punk bank Whoopi Sticks! OK, not that many, but not too far off, either. Max and the band give the 411 on their next shows, and play lots of great new tunes.

Hip-hop artist Sondro Castro rounds out the program with a look at his own long career, which includes working with his son. We share a few shoutouts to those working in the local scene, and Sondro spreads the message that no artist stands apart, and the need to work together.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Blackout Bootleg: Emily Mure

New York-based singer-songwriter Emily Mure chats with Max about her upcoming show at Club Passim on Sept. 20, and her latest album, "Worth."

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Blackout Bootleg Podcast-The National Reserve

Sean Walsh of the Brooklyn-based band the National Reserve talks to Max about their show at Atwoods on Sept. 14, their first full-length release, and the many cities the band has played in. Plus, there's a special giveaway at the end of the interview!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sept. 7, 2017: Andrew LoVuolo/Kate Eppers/60 Kel/LOAgranted

Max with Kate Eppers 
Opening our first show of the fall, we've got comics creator Andrew LoVuolo, who launched the popular series "The Rift" back when he was at Salem State. The series is now in its sixth issue, and he's worked on a number of titles over the years, including Jim Savard's "Hellion" series.

Singer-songwriter Kate Eppers is back to talk about her debut album, "The Wishing Well," which has been available for a few months online. Kate talks about the recording process and the big show she has planned at Opus in Salem.

60 Kel has been releasing his new bi-lingual hip-hop tracks online for the past few months, and we look at what's been the most popular and the folks he's worked with.

Leo and Modest Behavior from LOAgranted bring things to a close with a look at their new fashion line, which they plan to expand on. They released a new album in July, and rocked the stage at a recent Sonia show.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Oct. 31, 2017: Gabriel Erkard/Audible Crayons

Max and Gabriel Erkard
Opening the show we have author Gabriel Erkard for his debut novel, "The Hidden Eternity and the Unspoken Rhyme." It's a fantasy story with past lives and reincarnation, and is the first of a seven-book series. Gabriel talks about the theme of reincarnation, the main character and his journey, and what he hopes that kids get out of it, as it's become required reading for two schools. Gabriel also gives a brief reading to share with listeners the world of his novel.

Next up are Chris and Michael from the band Audible Crayons. They'll be taking the stage for the upcoming Boston Arts Festival, and Michael shares how this came to be, his own role in organizing the performers, and the kinds of acts it's seen over the years. In addition, they'll be opening for the one and only Chuck Mosley, an artist who's had a huge influence on the band.