Sunday, September 19, 2021

Heerraa talks awards, virtual tours, and helping students find their path

After hearing international singer-songwriter Heerraa's new single “Feel Alive,” I knew that had to learn more about her. And the more I learned, that more I was interested in her being a guest on Citywide, so here we are! In this episode, we dive into the new song and what inspired the upbeat sound in a time when things can look pretty grim. Heerraa talks about the different people she's met in her music career and the lessons they've had for her.

In addition to music, Heerra's a co-founder of nationwide youth movement, Ascendance. To date, the team has impacted over 13,000 students through their programs, student-led conferences, monthly web series and more. We talk about how the organization got started, what it's done so far, and plans for the future.

Following this, enjoy the new single, “Feel Alive.” I was so hooked by the song that I listened to the rest of her work and I hope you do too.


Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Gene Dante talks about being back on stage and putting out new singles

If you're at all connected with the local scene of Boston, the name Gene Dante and the Future Starlets is a familiar one. It certainly is to me, and it's with great pleasure that I interviewed him for this episode! We talk about the band being back on stage at Ralph's Rock Diner and how it felt to play for a crowd once more.

Recently, Gene released two new singles, “High Time” and “She's Outside.” "High Time" is all about showing narcissists the door and removing the bad seeds from your life and Gene talks about how his own experiences with folks like this influenced the song. We take a look at the amazing music video by Director Silvia Graziano and what made it happen.

We also talk about the impact that the band has had over the years and the kind of effect that Gene hopes comes from all these years in music.

Following this, kick back and enjoy “High Time.” It's a great example of the band's glam rock sound and doesn't disappoint!


 

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Galia Gichon dives into the Women's Suffrage Movement in new novel

Over a century after women were granted the right to vote, Galia Gichon explores this pivotal moment through her new book, “The Accidental Suffragist.”


It's 1911, and Helen Fox is a factory worker living in New York's tenements. When tragedy strikes in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, Helen is seduced by the cause for women’s suffrage and is soon working alongside famous activists.


In this interview we look at how this subject came to Galia's attention and the research she undertook to learn all about it. We learn about Helen Fox, her motivation to join the movement, and how she changes as a person. Galia's been able to hold several in-person readings and book events and talks about the experience of being in front of an audience.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Author David Rohlfing returns with the prequel in his Sasha Frank detective series

It was seven months ago that writer David Rohlfing made his Citywide Blackout debut for his first book, “Deliberate Duplicity.” And now he's back with a prequel story, “Cold Consequences,” which sees Det. Sasha Frank five years younger and on the trail of a murderer following a drug deal gone wrong.

David and I talk about the quick turnaround from the first book to the second and how he learned from his debut novel. David takes us through the book (not everything though, you gotta get your copy to see how it ends!) and how different a person Sasha Frank is five years ago.

We also look at the return of in-person events and if David has any planned at this time. He's done plenty of virtual events as well as interviews with the media and we talk about how he's adapted to the electronic format of book releases. 


Thursday, August 26, 2021

4 Minutes Later talk about the Tweet that launched their career

It all started with a Tweet that read “Music Coming Soon.” Those three words kicked off a flurry of guesses as to who 4 Minutes Later really were and what they were all about. After three years, Junyor and Moon got to unveil this new project, a blend of styles called Alien Pop.

In this interview, we talk about the group's origins, what it was like to keep a secret for three long years, and how it felt to finally tell the world. Junyor and Moon explain to me what Alien Pop is and how past projects influenced their current style.

I'm not that familiar with the music scene in Canada, and Junyor and Moon walk me through it, introducing artists that they've worked with and others that I'm dying to check out.

Following this, kick back and relax with the group's new single “In My Head.” It's the first song of theirs that I heard and led me to checking out their entire discography.



Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Kristian Montgomery talks touring, the Boston Music Scene, and new releases

This one has been a long time coming. I've been a fan of Kristian Montgomery and The Winterkill Band for awhile now, and in this episode we get to hash things out for his newest album, “Prince of Poverty.” It's one of three recorded during the pandemic and this fall he'll release “A Heaven for Heretics."

Kristian has been a part of the Boston Music Scene for some time and talks about the way he fits in (and sometimes doesn't). He talks about the challenge in getting noticed in the U.S. while at the same time he's become well known in Europe. He's also done shows over there and shares some tales about the audiences and what they're like.

We also do a deep dive into his newest album, “Prince of Poverty,” released earlier this year. The album touches on a lot of different subjects—from judgement over the past to America and how he views it.

After this, enjoy two songs from the new album, “American Fire” and “A Warm Grave.”



Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Kristian Montgomery shares stories and souls in new album

"Price of Poverty," the 2021 release from the Massachusetts-based  Kristian Montgomery and the Winterkill Band is an authentic, honest take on the world and the lives that comprise it. The vibe I get is that we’re presented with these tales and takes and we’re left to make of it what we will. If we like it, cool, and if we don’t, that’s fine too. The band has a story to share and share it they will. 

There’s a lot of stories told in this album, but there’s a few that stuck to me. “A Warm Grave” tells the story of a grandfather, the times spent together and memories made. This one got to me, because it reminds me a lot of my own grandfather, 95 years old and still kicking. I learned a lot from him when it came to working for a living and valuing family over things.

“Soul For Soul” shows that we all have a past, with one side bringing up the other’s. It’s easy to relate to, because we’ve all faced judgment for our past. As one line goes, “I’ll match you soul for soul.” That one really sticks with me.

“American Fire” is an unflinching look at the US as it is today. The song talks about us losing our will, our voices stilled, as the folks in charge sell out the country to the highest bidder. If this isn’t a cautionary tale about our need to stand up and take ownership of the ground we walk on, show me what is.

When it comes to the sound of the album, I like the wandering feel. “They’ll Remember My Name” kicks things off with an avalanche of sound, and following it, “Tired of Being Tired” is a more mellow, walking-pace kind of song. I think it matches life pretty well—one minute things are chaos and the next, it’s chill.

Overall, “Prince of Poverty” is a solid and strong mix of music that shares a lot. Either you like it or you don’t. It’s a story that this band will tell. It’s on you to decide where you want to go with it.

For more information on Kristian Montgomery and the Winterkill Band, visit kmwkb.com.