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Classically-trained musician/harpist Jessica Victoria joins me to talk about how the legends of King Arthur have influenced her music, particularly her upcoming new album, set to be released in early May. Jessica has performed all over the world, including for Pope John Paul II, and gives a look at some places she'd love to add to her travel checklist. She also teaches and shares insight into her teaching style and some of the lessons she's learned over the years. Following this interview,...
Topics: music, King Arthur, legend, myth, harp, harpist, Pope
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Mar 30, 2020 Citywide Blackout
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In this episode, we learn what it means to lose someone to suicide. My guest, Nancy Caissie, lost her husband Larry on May 28, 2011 to suicide and she talks about the events leading up to this and the aftermath. She talks about the reaction from family and friends and the challenge of speaking about it with other people. She also looks at her life now: remarried, with her young children now grown up, and how she was able to take that step forward. If you or someone you know is struggling with...
Topics: suicide, stigma, suicide prevention, healing, depression
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Alicia “Reese” Reisman, the songwriter behind Reese Collective , joins me to talk about her debut album, “The Journey.” This collection of Christian music has a very unique aspect—although she is the writer and creative force behind the project, every track features a different singer. Alicia introduced us to the different artist and how she met them, as well as what they brought to the project in terms of skills and suggestions. We also talk about the stories behind each song. After...
Topics: music, Christian, Christ, God, religion, phase, new album
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Mar 22, 2020 Citywide Blackout
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Stuart Babcock and Drew Zieff of the Americana/folk duo Jake Swamp and the Pine join me to talk about the folk scene in Boston and some of their favorite venues, including Toad and Club Passim. They've also got a new album in the works and they dive into some of the stories behind the songs. Following this, enjoy one of their newest tunes, “My Sister's Old Guitar.”
Topics: Boston, folk, Americana, music, trees, Jake Swamp and the Pine
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In this episode, EDM artist SARiKAiDEN (pronounced as Sara-Kaden) takes us through his career, which has seen the release of three albums, two EPs, and over six singles, all using only an iPhone and a MacBook. He talks about the production process and some of the programs he uses, as well as how music has helped him to deal with issues like anxiety and depression. In addition to his work in EDM music, SARiKAiDEN also produces a podcast called Mumble the Owl, focused on horror movies and books,...
Topics: EDM, techno, music, furry, furries, podcast, horror, movies, horror movies
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In this episode, Eli Escobar talks about her career as an actress, which only began a few years ago, but has seen an impressive array of projects. She's worked on a number of indie films, including "In My Mother's Eyes" "Renegade Darlings" "Higher Methods," and "The Island Between Our Love." Eli talks about how to prep for an audition and some of the more common mistakes people make. She also shares how her son inspired her to try acting when she wasn't...
Topics: Boston, film, movies, acting, actress, Los Angelos
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Author/musician Jim Infantino joins me to talk about his experience at the recent Boskone book expo. It was his first time there and we talk panels, Jim's fellow writers, and how the event compares to others. We take a long look at Jim's first book, “ The Wakeful Wanderer’s Guide to New New England & Beyond.” The book shows a climate-changed future seen from two starkly different cultural perspectives. Following this, check out two songs from Jim's band, Jim's Big Ego—“In My...
Topics: book, author, Boskone, science fiction, comedy, music, audiobook
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Feb 28, 2020 Citywide Blackout
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Here it is, the second episode of my coverage of the 2020 Boskone book expo . Thanks go out to the folks behind this great event for having me back this year. Up first it's Anabel Graetz , who led workshops on vocal training. Along with her years spent as a singing teacher, she has an acting resume a mile long! We talk about the movies she's been in and the Who's Who of talent she's worked with. E.C Ambrose recently released “ Bone Guard Two: The Nazi Skull ,” and “ The Singer's Crown:...
Topics: book, Boskone, science fiction, fantasy, writing, author, Boston
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Feb 22, 2020 Citywide Blackout
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Feb. 14 marked the 2020 Boskone book expo and I had a great time, as usual. I got the chance to speak to a lot of great writers, and the interviews are collected in the first of two episodes. In the first, Michael McAfee of the Post Meridian Radio Players talks about the show they did at Boskone “The Silver Shade: Help From The Shadows.” Michael tells me about the casting process and how they plan for the worst to happen. Author Tabitha Lord and I haven't spoken in years and there is a lot...
Topics: Boskone, book, writing, science fiction, fantasy, radio drama, script, screenplay
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Feb 18, 2020 Citywide Blackout
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Authors David and Julie Bulitt joined me on Valentine's Day to talk about their new book “The 5 Core Conversations For Couples.” We take a look at things like communication, a work/life balance, and a healthy sex life and how each plays a role in creating a strong relationship. The Bulitts also look at their professional lives in family therapy and divorce and family law and how it informed the writing process. Thanks go out to Ellen Whitfield of JKS Communications/Books Forward PR for her...
Topics: Valentine's Day, romance, couples, dating, marriage, book, books, author
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Feb 14, 2020 Citywide Blackout
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Marilyn Jimenez and David Martinez of the metal band Nocion are an interview I've been looking forward to for some time. We go deep into our shared metal history and then talk about the band's upcoming album and some sick music videos they have in the works. We also talk about some shows they have planned and look at areas they have on their “must play” list. After this, get ready for two songs from the band, “Into The Darkness,” followed by “The Storm.”
Topics: Puerto Rico, metal, metalhead, music, music video, thrash, death metal
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Feb 7, 2020 Citywide Blackout
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In this episode, Washington D.C.-based Grammy-nominated songwriter Carolyn Malachi joins me to talk about her upcoming show in Boston as part of the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum's Thursdays LIVE series. We also look at her forthcoming album, her work as an education advocate, and work with the GRITS & GARRI podcast. Following this, enjoy her song, “Beautiful Dreamer.”
Topics: Boston, music, folk, R&B, museum, Grammy, Washington
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Musician Otto Kinzel adds Actor to his resume with the new short film “A Dream of Distant Skies,” from Neptune/Teletron (Russell James) about the still unsolved murder of Karina Holmer in Boston back in ‘96. Kinzel has a role as “the host father” in the film and we talk about the history of the case and how it's adapted to the film. Otto shares his experiences in front of the camera and how played a role that had no lines. Following this, enjoy a recent release from Otto Kinzel, “I...
Topics: music, film, moves, murder, mystery, Boston
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Feb 2, 2020 Citywide Blackout
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In this episode, Dr. Rebecca Housel , the #PopCultureProfessor, joins me to talk about all things “Firefly.” On Feb. 11, she and comedian Ken Reid—recently voted Boston’s Best Comic— will be at Boston's Museum of Science to present a screening of the classic sci-fi film “Serenity” as part of the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival . In the Hayden Planetarium, enjoy a view of the night sky on one half of the dome and the movie on another with commentary by Reid and Housel. Purchase tickets...
Topics: Firefly, Serenity, science fiction, cowboy, TV show, movie, Boston, science museum
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Jan 28, 2020 Citywide Blackout
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Brandon Stoner, guitarist and vocalist for the band Thieves & Lovers , joins me to talk about their highlights for 2019, which included the release of the single "Don't Think About Me." This tune took the band in some new directions, and we look at what these were and some potential plans for 2020. We also look at some different show types out there that the band has pursued or is looking to try out. Following this, I've got their entire EP, “Down The Line” for you. This...
Topics: Pennsylvania, music, band, rock, blues, new music, tour
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Jan 25, 2020 Citywide Blackout
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Where did the horse come from? That's my first question to Boston-based R&B artist Nancia as we talk about her recently-released album “Heir to the Throne,” and the music video released for “Get Low,” which shows the artist on horseback. She goes in-depth to the album's production and how she chose the 18 tracks among the many she has made. Nancia's music is her career and she talks about the different ways she has monetized her skills to make it happen. We also give a 101 on show...
Topics: R&B, music, Boston, horse, music video
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Jan 18, 2020 Citywide Blackout
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Author Dr. Matthew Erlich joins me to talk about his book, “The Vail Method: Getting Better Not Just Older,” which was released on Jan. 14. The book is a comprehensive lifestyle guide for readers to begin working towards healthier aging, and Dr. Erlich talks about the many subjects he covers, from exercise and the plant-based diet to the importance of mindfulness. After the interview, Kim Kondrashoff brings us two great songs, “Bathtub Boogie” and “Talk To Me.”
Topics: book, health, healthy living, age, aging, music
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Jan 15, 2020 Citywide Blackout
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Boston based songwriter Matt Jatkola joins me to talk about his new project called JATK with a debut self-titled 4 song EP. The album took Matt into some new directions music-wise and he gives us some insight into what was learned in the process. 2019 was a big year for his other project, FBGM, and he goes into tour stories with he and bandmate D as well as what is planned in the new year. Following this, kick back and enjoy two songs from the EP, “How I Feel Inside” and “Come Inside Your...
Topics: Boston, music, band, rock, new album, tour, band tour
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Jan 8, 2020 Citywide Blackout
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Tom Peyer, writer and editor-in-chief at Ahoy Comics , talks about the Dragonfly and Dragonflyman series , a prequel to The Wrong Earth. Two heroes—Dragonfly and Dragonflyman—find themselves on each other's worlds, two places which could not be more different. On gritty Earth-Omega, Dragonfly prowls the darkness for his evil prey; on sun-splashed Earth-Alpha, Dragonflyman protects the status quo. Peyer talks about the two different heroes and the worlds they come from and how each adapts...
Topics: comic, Ahoy Comics, comic book, action, superhero
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Dec 31, 2019 Citywide Blackout
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For the last show of 2019, I speak to Swedish musician Yajna . Her music touches on a dark part of her life and her goal to rise from it and move forward. Yajna talks about these experiences and how the music helped her. But she has much more to share! Prior to working in music, she was active in the action sports scene and remains so today. She also has a documentary film making its way around the indie film festival circuit and a book in the works. Following this interview, enjoy her song,...
Topics: music, Sweden, new music, electronic, dance, pop, skiing, film, documentary, film festival
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Dec 30, 2019 Citywide Blackout
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LA-based musician Sariyah Idan gives us a great look at the city's music scene in this interview. She also has a new album out, “Breaking Shadows,” and this 17-track album covers a number of subjects, including relationships, the #MeToo movement, and social justice. We also look at the music videos released for the album, which Idan choreographed herself. Following this interview, enjoy two tracks from the album, “Darkness” and “That Woman.”
Topics: dance, music, pop, LA, music video
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Dec 27, 2019 Citywide Blackout
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It's a question that Chris Callahan addresses in his comic, “The Misplaced,” available through Source Point Press, Comixology, and many others. In this series, we follow James, who dies in a shipwreck with his wife, only to wake up in Heaven to find that his wife is nowhere to be found. So what does he do? He leaves the afterlife on a quest to find his lost love. What's even more amazing than the story is the art that brings it to life, and Christ talks about his unique style and how he...
Topics: Heaven, afterlife, death, comic, comic book, art
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Dec 20, 2019 Citywide Blackout
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Well, here we are, the final round of interviews from the Rhode Island Author Expo . Up first, Angelina Singer talks all about her soon-to-be-released book, “Forgetting What I Couldn't Remember.” Like much of her previous work, it touches on a personal part of her life. Up next, The Pie Sisters make their big return! Leigh Brown and Victoria Corliss talk about their fourth book and how they co-write effectively. Mary Catherine Volk believes that loved ones that have passed still have things...
Topics: book, author, bullying, drama, loss, death, afterlife, detective, murder, mystery
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Dec 17, 2019 Citywide Blackout
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Here's the second installment of my interviews from the Rhode Island Author Expo . Debbie Kaiman Tillinghast is up first to share her stories growing up on Prudence Island in her book, “The Ferry Home.” M.A. Guglielmo is up next to talk about her debut novel, “Summoned.” A jinn, an evil sorcerer, and vengeful fallen angel—this one's got it all! The last interview for this episode is with S.M. Stevens for her book “Horseshoes and Hand Grenades,” a true-to-life tale for the #MeToo...
Topics: book, author, books, Rhode Island, fantasy, #MeToo
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Dec 14, 2019 Citywide Blackout
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Here it is, my interviews from the recent Rhode Author Island Expo ! First up is Karen Gasperini —technically my last pre-show interview the day before—talks about her popular “Arianna's Magic Boots” series which feature's Karen's daughter as the main character. Following that it's Christine Lajewski , who was last on the show about a year ago. She catches us up on what she has been up to, including some exciting news about her book “Bonebelly.” Emily Tallman 's books include...
Topics: book, author, horror, children's books, mental illness, disability, doctor
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Dec 11, 2019 Citywide Blackout
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In this episode, I'm headed overseas! Well, kinda. Based out of Kent, England, Dux recently released his new hip-hop EP , “Thought We Were Done.” This is an amazing array of styles, much of it honoring the 90s-era rap he grew up on. Dux talks on the artists he looks to as inspirations and the new experiences that came with a solo project. After the interview, enjoy “Thought We Were Done,” the title track from the new album. After that, it's off to Italy to hang with singer-songwriter...
Topics: Italy, England, rap, hip-hop, folk, instrumental, music, new music, tour
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Dec 4, 2019 Citywide Blackout
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In the fourth and final episode in this series, Candace Breen talks about her autobiographical story, “After the Darkness.” This book chronicles her experiences with childhood incest, rape, abuse, and domestic violence and how she found a path to healing and a new life. Candace holds nothing back, and we look at what led her to share this story and the reaction of family and friends, both good and bad. She talks about her husband and how he inspired her to write the book and stand by her...
Topics: book, crisis center, domestic abuse, author, writer, child abuse
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Dec 3, 2019 Citywide Blackout
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In the third installment of my ongoing series of interviews with authors who will be at the Rhode Island Author Expo on Dec. 7, I speak to Joyce Derenas about her five-book series that takes a deep dive into her family history, Terry Gaspard on her extensively-researched book “Daughters of Divorce,” and M. Lee Prescott on her many romance and thriller titles.
Topics: book, biography, writer, Rhode Island, divorce, romance, thriller
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Nov 29, 2019 Citywide Blackout
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Opening this episode is Pearl Cutten , a Denmark-based soul artist who recently released a new single, “The Pain in You,” a story of the reality of being in an abusive relationship but with a message that self-love is ultimately the answer. We talk a lot about the concept of self-love and how she's incorporated it into her life. After this interview, enjoy the new tune. Next up is Boston's own Genie Santiago . This stellar R&B artist was first on the show in 2017 and has been a regular...
Topics: soul, R&B, music, Boston, Denmark, music video
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Nov 27, 2019 Citywide Blackout
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Author Ben Eads walks some dark paths with his new novella, “Hollow Heart,” released through Crystal Lake Publishing . Ben introduces us to The Architect, a very complex character, and what it was like working with Crystal Lake Publishing and how it helped the final story. He also gives a sneak peak into some future projects, some of which involve a continuation of this novella.
Topics: book, author, horror, Crystal Lake, gore, monsters
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Nov 22, 2019 Citywide Blackout
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In this episode, Melbourne, Australia-based pop-punk artist Hated Names shares his debut single, “Anthem for the Atheist.” Naturally, religion and taking on this subject comes up, but we also learn about his origin as a musician, work as a producer, and the music scene in Australia. Following this interview, enjoy this great musical debut. Lyric Dubee , of Ontario, has accomplished a lot by age 21—five albums, international tours, and much more. He tells us all about his journey to making...
Topics: music, pop-punk, rock, folk, atheism, atheist, tour, Australia, Canada
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Nov 20, 2019 Citywide Blackout
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In this episode, Ben Chou and I enjoy a day at the great local con, SuperMegaFest. There's some amazing creatives here and we showcase a sampling of them on the show. First up, authors Killarney and Margaret Traynor tells about their Encounter Series, a collection of stories that begin with the phrase “what if?” This includes haunted houses and alien invasions, but more is coming. Next, Stephen Lomer debuts the short film adaptation of his book series, “Typo Squad.” Stephen talks about...
Topics: cosplay, comics, comic-con, SuperMegaFest, book, film, comedy
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Nov 17, 2019 Citywide Blackout
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In this next installment of my interviews with members of the Rhode Island Author Expo, I talk to R.K. Bentley about his debut novel, “Where Weavers Daire.” This book blends science and magic in a seamless way, with a tale of some unlikely characters coming together on the world of Stuk’s Hollow for the New Year celebrations. Paul Magnan is up next, and his fantasy series Kyu, The Unknown. This series centers on The Territories, which have been unified for a thousand years, though it's...
Topics: book, books, author, fantasy, science fiction, Rhode Island
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Ezra Daniels, creator of the popular “Upgrade Soul” comic , joins me to talk about the new digital app and soundtrack that were recently released. We also take a look at the work that went into these creations and how the app stands apart from others that are available. Ezra and I also look at the increased presence that indie comics has these days and how this has led to all kinds of new stories. Following this, enjoy two new songs from Ashley Leblanc , “Everything Takes Time” and “I...
Topics: comic, graphic novel, app, soundtrack, book, music, Canada
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Nov 11, 2019 Citywide Blackout
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In this episode, writer Erica Schultz takes us into the world of her new urban fantasy comic series “Forgotten Home,” available through comiXology Originals . Sheriff’s Deputy Lorraine Adalet investigates child disappearances and finds a connection between many of the abductions: traces of magic which leads her back to her homeworld of Jannada, a place she left many years ago. Schultz talks about Lorraine and the life she left and all that went on in Jannada, as well as the magic she...
Topics: comic, comic book, Comixology, magic, mystery, pop, music, R&B
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Nov 7, 2019 Citywide Blackout
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In this episode, Nashville songwriter Jeremy Spillman tackles a new creative challenge: his first novel. In “The DeVine Devils,” Spillman spins a tale of two brothers, Audie and Shane DeVine. After the boys barely escape a massacre by the U.S. Army in which their father is killed, they swear vengeance and spend the next decade honing their skills in music and fighting. In addition to the book, Spillman also worked with Dean Dillon on an EP which brings the story to life through some amazing...
Topics: book, Western, author, music, country, Boston, Nashville, Somerville, punk
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Nov 6, 2019 Citywide Blackout
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In the second installment of our Rhode Island Comic-Con coverage, I speak with cosplayer Zabracus about joining the vast community of convention-goers, some of her more challenging costumes, and being on the East Coast for the first time. Writer Jenn Dugan and artist Ryan Butt share their comic series “Gnaw” and “Circadia” , stories of rodent apocalypses and love across worlds. We dive deep into the concepts and the work done to bring them to life. Author Debra Zannelli has some great...
Topics: Rhode Island, comic cosplay, cosplayer, Rhode Island Comic-Con
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Nov 3, 2019 Citywide Blackout
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In the first episode of Citywide's coverage of Rhode Island Comic-Con , the show opens with Jane Lei, creator of the popular webcomics Pigeon Gazette and Genji Cat . Jane talks about how these comics came to be, where the inspiration comes from, and how she powers through events like the RICC. Cosplayer Dezcreepcore and I spoke at last fall's Keystone Comic-Con, and this weekend we got to catch up on what she's been up to, new cosplays that she's done, and the work it takes to make it into a...
Topics: game, comics, webcomics, gaming, cosplay, cosplayer, Rhode Island
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Austin-based author Mary Jane Black shares the touching true story in her book, “She Road a Harley: A Memoir of Love and Motorcycles,” which chronicles her escape from a harsh marriage and discovery of new love with a Texan named Dwayne. They fall in love, get married, and rebuild a Harley together. However, the greatest test of their love and their strength will be Dwayne's cancer diagnosis. Mary talks about how it felt sharing her life in this book, the reaction from readers, and the...
Topics: book, Harley-Davidson, motorcycles, romance, drama, memoir
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Oct 29, 2019 Citywide Blackout
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In this podcast series, I speak to several of the authors who will be part of the upcoming Rhode Island Author Expo. In this installment, Michael Squatrito talks about the fourth and final installment in his “The Overlords” series. After that, Coral Isabella Aurora and I chat about horror movies that we love, all of which ties into her new book, “The Teenager’s Guide to Surviving a Horror Film.” The final interview in this episode is Pete O'Donnell , who has transformed a collection...
Topics: book, author, Rhode Island, fantasy, podcast, horror, children's books
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The country duo Separate Charm [Melissa Ramski & Lizzie Miller ] have been on my mind a lot since I first heard their new single, “Me Time.” We talk about the origins of this great tune and the response from radio and podast hosts and their plans for more music. Melissa and Lizzie are from the Nashville area and give us an in-depth look on life in the city and some of their favorite venues. Following this, enjoy their single, “Me Time,” which they describe as a sassy tune, and...
Topics: country, rock, Nashville, music, duo
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Boston-based The Cast Irons and I nerd out on audio gear and they consider the possibility of grave robbing their band members for their best stuff....no, seriously, we do that. But that's just the passion that this foursome brings to the table, and you can hear it in their new EP, “The Longest Night.” We also talk about some of the places they've played at and some upcoming shows later this fall. After that, enjoy these two songs from the EP—“Good Haunting” and “Breathe”
Topics: Boston, music, rock, folk, local music
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Montreal-based singer-songwriter Ghostly Beard and I have been talking for months about new music, so this one seems long overdue. We nerd out about audio recording gear, so for you tech heads, there's likely a few things to learn in this discussion. He also talks about the recent shift in his career, going from releasing albums and music videos to a more mellow pace, but beginning to review the work of other musicians and doing interviews. After this, enjoy the newest song from Ghostly Beard,...
Topics: music, folk, rock, Montreal, Canada, audio engineering
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Author Diane Dewey joins me to talk about her book, “Fixing the Fates,” in which she speaks about how she met her birth parents and all that she learned. Just months after the passing of her adopted father, Diane was contacted by her biological father. Their meeting sets the scene for the unraveling of the complete story surrounding Diane’s birth and biological family. Her quest to understand her family’s past and reveal what her father has been hiding all these years captured in this...
Topics: book author, adoption, writer, dance, pop, music
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Oct 1, 2019 Max Bowen
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Red Tan's music career began in the Philippines and has taken her to the U.S. and London, building her electronic/pop style to what it is today. Her late husband convinced her that she had what it took to make it in the music industry, starting with a competition in Los Angeles in which she won several award. She recently released a new song called “Don't You Dare,” which tells the tale we've all heard time and again—you aren't good enough. Red turns this negativity on its head, thanking...
Topics: Philippines, London, music, electronic, pop, music video
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Boston-based Jamie Hart joins me to talk about her new release, “Get Closer.” But before this happened, Hart almost quit music in 2017. She took a deep dive into her spiritual practice, and worked to understand herself and disillusionment with the music industry. In 2019, came a pivotal moment: “What would you do if you only had a month to live?” Jamie asked herself. The result of this is her return to music with much in store, and a new perspective and goals.
Topics: Boston, music, local music, folk, jazz, pop
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Sep 25, 2019 Max Bowen
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Boston-based musician Lina Cooper joins me to talk about her relationship-themed concept album “Damned” and the incredible story behind it. She shares some of the best lessons learned as a student at Berklee College of Music and what's she's been taught being on stage. She also shines the spotlight on The ArtHouse Collective , a combination band and live music venue. After that, chill out to two of her songs, “A Good Year” and “Ethereal.”
Topics: Boston, music, new music, folk, art
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Justin Jordan , the co-creator and writer of “The Strange Talent of Luther Strode,” talks about his new series, “Breaklands,” available on ComiXology . Set 150 years after the event known as The Break, the new world is a post-apocalyptic land of amazing powers....except for one person. Kasa, the only non-powered person, must save her brother Adam when he is kidnapped in issue one of this five-issue series. Justin delves into the world building process, how he created the characters for...
Topics: comic, comic book, comixology, apocalypse, rap, hip-hop, music
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Writer/Director Sharisse Zeroonian and I do a deep dive into her film career, looking at her two feature films, Mouse in the Bread and Well Water and a brand new series, One Plus One Equals Two. She talks about what got her into film, and why she's stayed involved for so long. We chat about changes in the industry and the pros and cons of what those have resulted in. And there are plenty of behind-the-scenes stories from Sharisse's films and she shares a couple. For music enjoy two songs from...
Topics: film, filmmaker, movie, music
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Sep 7, 2019 Max Bowen
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Rhode Island-based author A. Keith Carreiro is celebrating the completion of his The Penitent trilogy—but he's not done yet. You see, this is just one-third of a trilogy of trilogies, and he takes a look at what else is planned for the series, as well as the developments that occur in The Penitent, Part III. We also talk about being an independent author and some of the marketing lessons he's learned from being at conventions and fellow authors. And then I'm talking tour stories with the...
Topics: music, new music, book, author, fantasy
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Aug 29, 2019 Max Bowen
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This week's show takes a look at the career of Ed Rucker , an L.A. criminal defense lawyer who's worked in the field for decades, representing a number of high-profile clients, including John Orr, the greatest serial arsonist in American history. Some of these cases have even been adapted into nonfiction books. Following his retirement, Rucker decided to jump into the writing world with the Bobby Earl series, now in its second book, “Justice Makes a Killing.” Rucker talks about the new book...
Topics: book, author, criminal, lawyer, trial, thriller
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Aug 21, 2019 Max Bowen
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Kicking off this week's program is London-born and Atlanta-based hip-hop artist Poni Capri . She's got a new EP out called “Dark Candy,” which touches on her time in the world of drugs and gangs and how she's made her mark as a musician and model. The Nashville-based folk duo of Lost Hollow tell us all about their adventures in Europe, plus their new release, Looking for Happy and the release show planned later this month. Included in the album is the song “Shine On,” which is dedicated...
Topics: rap, folk, London, Nashville, Atlanta, music, new music, podcast
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Aug 13, 2019 Max Bowen
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Boston-based singer-songwriter Maddy Roop chats with me at the Real School of Music about her debut album, “Rings,” which spanned a three-year period. She also talks about some of the many shows she's played in the Boston area and how it felt to go from weekday to weekend gigs, as well as the big Halloween one she has planned. Keystone Comic-Con Event Director MK Goodwin and I talk about this event's second year and what fans can look forward to. We look at the big names who will be making...
Topics: Boston, music, live music, Keystone Comic-Con, comic book, comics, geek, nerd, Philadelphia
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Love gore and comics? Then you'll want to listen to this week's show! I sit down with Derek Rook and Steve Van Samson of Rough House Publishing to talk about their new Gore Shriek® Resurrectus project. We talk about the killer art, great stories, and what led to this new release. We also look to their upcoming appearance at Rock and Shock, and past experiences at this epic convention. And for tunes, enjoy “Sun Ra” from the London-based Between Suns . The video for this was so damn cool and...
Topics: comic, comic book, music, gore, horror, rock and shock, Boston, London, Maryland
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Author Mark Bergin taps into his nearly 30 year career in law enforcement for his new book, “Apprehension,” released on July 30 through Inkshares/Quill. “Apprehension” follows the story of Detective John Kelly; his niece was murdered right before his eyes. His family says he failed her, and Kelly can’t share his secret act of vengeance. Now, fellow detectives digging in another case can end Kelly’s career and send him to jail. This book also seeks to bring awareness to an...
Topics: book, writer, police, thriller, author, crime, music, rock, folk
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Ontario-based musician Sabrina Fallah talks about the music scene in Canada and some of her favorite festivals and venues she enjoys performing at. She was recently signed by Dance Plant Records and talks about how they met and the benefits of working with them. She's also got a new compilation CD out and walks us through the many stories she has within her music. Author Donna O'Donnell Figurski unexpectedly found herself in the role of caregiver for her husband David when he suffered from a...
Topics: music, book, author, Canada, local music, live music
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To kick things off, I'm chatting with Erika Lewis, co-creator and co-writer of the Webtoon series Firebrand , now in its second season. This magic-themed story has seen strong reviews and responses from fans, and we talk about that as well as what happens in the new season (but no spoilers!). Erika introduces us to the team behind it and what has made this project a success. Up next is author Marty Thornley for his book “Painless.” The book features a new surgical procedure that can...
Topics: Boston, rap, book, webtoon, comics, hip hop, music
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Jul 9, 2019 Max Bowen
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Mike McNeill kicks off the show with a look at his upcoming book, “No Hard Feelings,” as well as the soundtrack that will be released with it. This autobiographical story look at McNeil's life in Boston hip-hop and the other artists he worked with. K Mafia is next up, and he has a great story to tell. An artist since 2010, he now runs two companies, New England Rising and Loyalty Over Everything. He has a great show happening on July 13, and outlines the many great local artists on the...
Topics: Boston, rap, hip-hop, book, author
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Author Deb Brandon opens the show with a look at her new book, “ Threads Around the World: From Arabian Weaving to Batik in Zimbabwe.” It covers many different weaving styles that she has explored in-depth, some with a very interesting cultural story. Brandon is a brain injury survivor, and weaving helped her to recover. She talks about this, the healing process, and the many techniques she has learned. Joe Glass is the writer behind the popular LGBTQ+ super hero series , “The Pride,”...
Topics: Boston, music, local music, book, author, comics, comic books, pride LGBTQ
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Jun 24, 2019 Max Bowen and Ben Chou
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Our Pax East coverage wraps up with three great interviews. Kelsey Choi —a cosplayer and League of Legends Pro-Am player—opens the podcast with an in-depth look at how the games work and how she became an ambassador. She also talks about the games she grew up on and how it helped her overcome her shyness. She's been cosplaying for years and has been making her own costumes as well, and talks about what she's learned through doing this. Angelica Marie is also a cosplayer and talks about her...
Topics: Pax East, games, gaming, cosplay, cosplayers, video games
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Jun 24, 2019 Max Bowen
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Singer-songwriter Kate Eppers joins me as guest co-host to hang out with the New Hampshire-based metal band Sepsiss . We talk about the band's origin and how they've built it into the business it is today. They outline their ongoing tour, early shows and the lessons they offered, and the epic fans known as the Sepsiss Zombies. We also touch on gaming with Immaculate Connection Gaming , the Halo community they've created. Playlist (In order) Sepsiss-To Write Hate On His Arms Sepsiss-Eyes Of...
Topics: New Hampshire, music, metal
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Jun 17, 2019 Max Bowen/Ben Chou
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For our second installment of Ben Chou's Pax East coverage, he talks to John, co-founder of Fidget Creative, about their new game Valhallamas . It's a card game featuring llamas in a battle royale-style format. Players draft their llamas and gear and then the fun begins! John talks about the kinds of games the company makes, how they're more family-oriented and how kids react to them. Following this, Ben sits down with Rory O'Connor and Michael Fox of Hub Games. They outline some of the games...
Topics: Pax East, board games, games, Boston, gaming, tabletop games
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Longtime radio host Sterling Golden joins me to talk about his new podcast, The Sterling Perspective, which premiers on June 21 on Boston Free Radio's Podcast Network. Sterling talks about how it felt to close out his morning show, Sterlingtology Live, what the new program will focus on, and his co-hosts, Whitney Otte , Jon Afrobeats , and Tiara Life . We also look at the public reaction to the end of his last show and the debut of his new one and how he's adapting to being a podcast host....
Topics: music, Boston, Boston Free Radio, Sterling Golden, podcast
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It was so much fun, we're doing it twice! Austin Arocco and Julie Diorio return to talk more about the upcoming BALRFest 2019 show happening June 29 at Thunder Road. This time, they're bringing friends! Liz Bills of Analog Heart and Susanna Smash of The Skirts , two of the bands on the lineup, join the discussion on being in a female-fronted band and plans for similar shows in the future. Linda Marks is up next to talk about the upcoming show at City Winery Boston that she'll be performing at,...
Topics: Boston, music, local music, new music, movie, film
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Jun 3, 2019 Max Bowen
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Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, singer-songwriter Jerry Hull made the big jump 17 years ago to the UK, where he lives today. He's got years and years of show stories, and he shares a few of them, including one where a malfunctioning piano required some impressive improvisation. He talks about some of his favorite venues in England and Memphis and how he adapted to the new life. Jerry has a new album out, “When You Were Famous.” It's got some pretty great stories, and Jerry talks about...
Topics: United Kingdom, London, Memphis, music, new music
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May 28, 2019 Max Bowen
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Author Peter Darrow is up first with his new book, "Wise Millennial: A Field Guide to Thriving in Modern Life." This book looks at the concept of millennials, both good and bad, and how they can grow and find their own path. It's something Peter is very familiar with, having started his own restaurant in New York City and closing it a short time later. He speaks to lessons learned over the years and what his life experiences have had to teach him. Rapper Tru-L has a lot to be happy...
Topics: Boston, book, author, rap, hip-hop, music, local music
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On this week's show, Austin Arroco and Julie Diorio and I talk about the music scene of Boston and the need for more representation for its artists. This ties in with the great show coming up later in June called BALRFest 2019 , showcasing Boston's BadAss Ladies of Rock. Austin helped book this show and gives us the lineup, all female-fronted bands of different genres. ShellzdaGod joins me to talk about his newest releases and the great global response they've received. He's had the chance to...
Topics: Boston, book, music, local music, author, rap, hip hop
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May 14, 2019 Max Bowen
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Comic creator Jim Zub opens the show with a detailed look at the new title, Stone Star. Jim introduces us to the team he's working with to bring this great sci-fi title to life, the story covered in the five-part series, and plans for more down the road. You can get this title exclusively on Comixology Originals. After the break, I'm joined by singer-songwriter Lisa Schneckenburger. Her new album, available May 17, is called “Thunder In My Arms.” It's a concept album that looks at her...
Topics: Boston, music, local music, comics, comic books, science fiction
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May 8, 2019 Max Bowen
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In Part 1 of our coverage of Pax East, Convention Correspondent Ben Chou chats with  Daniel Beardo,  Pax east Unofficial Facebook Community group, Cofounder and Gamer, and the official Beachball Guy,  Ted Morang. 
Topics: Pax East, Boston, games, gaming, gamer
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May 6, 2019 Max Bowen
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On this week's show, I chat with ALX , a member of the Berklee College of Music's Popular Music Institute, where they get the chance to hit the stage for summer festivals, and learn from other students about song development, marketing, and promotion. ALX nerd out a bit on anime, something that has found its way into his music, and talk about his plans once college is completed. Next up it's Tampa-based singer-songwriter Frankie Raye . She's got a new album out called “Brave” and shares...
Topics: Boston, Tampa, music, singer-songwriter, Berklee
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Author Michelle DesPres is up first, and she has a great story to share. A certified clairvoyant, she talks about how one tells the real deal from the fakes. She's got a new book out called In "Intuitively You," and in this she breaks down the stereotypes that only certain people are gifted with intuition and teaches how intuition can be utilized in every situation. Kayce Stevens Hughlett lived her life in a successful career before one day deciding to give that up to pursue a new...
Topics: Boston, book, author, life coach, clairvoyant
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Ken Tupper of Divertir Publishing opens the show with a look back at the company's 10 years in business, if Ken ever thought he'd reach this milestone. He walks us through the process of book selection and how much time he gives to the hundreds of submissions he receives each year. Next up, a gem from our Boskone visit, Matt Zappa and I talk to Jason Davis, creator of the family-friendly board game Heroes and Treasure . Jason talks about how he came up with the idea, the game's mechanics, and...
Topics: music, book, author, Boston, books
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Apr 15, 2019 Max Bowen
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For this week's episode, singer-songwriter Nicki Kris talks about her new album “Heartbeat” and some of the very personal stories behind her music. She's a Grammy-ballotted artist and she shares her experiences with the award process. She's also had the chance to have her work featured in movies and television. Boston's own Lady V is up next and she's got a lot to talk about, from the origin of her program The V Line and some of the artists she's interviewed. She's a recent entry into...
Topics: music, new music, local music, Boston, radio
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Opening this week's podcast, I talk to the husband and wife comic-creating team of Comfort and Adam . I interviewed them a couple months ago for their comic “Rainbow in the Dark,” and this time, we look at their cat-inspired title “Kitty Game.” Based in part on their cat Obi-Wan, this comic follows and adventures of Marty the cat as he traverses lands of science fiction, fantasy, and action. London-based musician Amrit Ghatore has a new music video out for his song, “It's OK.” This...
Topics: Boston, music, local music, comics, webcomics, London
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Mar 23, 2019 Max Bowen
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Comic legends Fabian Nicieza and Reilly Brown join me to talk about their highly popular comic “Outrage,” available exclusively through WEBTOON . A virus is attacking people who abuse others on the internet. Comedic ass-kickings are occurring across the country by a sentient entity that appears through the personal devices of people everywhere. We talk about the origin of the character, how the story developed, and how the current social climate plays a role. We also delve into the many,...
Topics: Outrage, Webtoon, Fabian Nicieza, comic, comics
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In the second episode of my Boskone podcast series, author Brenda Clough and I chat about time travel and how it works in her science fiction series. She also talks about the inherent challenges that come with writing a novel and the methods she uses to ensure she's able to complete a book once it's started. Morgan Duran has both music and books to talk about, and we open with “The Chilling Zone,” a sci-fi tale with political intrigue and dark secrets. She shares her work in music, the...
Topics: Boskone, book, books, science fiction, fantasy
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Mar 17, 2019 Max Bowen
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On this week's podcast, I open with author Kathleen Valenti , who has a new book in her Maggie O'Malley seires, “As Directed.” She talks about the Maggie's development, going from recent college grad to solving one murder after another. Kathleen also delves into her marketing background and how this has helped her to spread the word about her work. Following this I play a new single from Mike Allen , “Set in Stone.” Mike began playing professionally at 16, working for the Little Walter...
Topics: Boston, book, music, India, local music, mystery
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Mar 13, 2019 Max Bowen
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Welcome to the first in my series of Boskone interviews. Boskone is an annual science fiction and fantasy convention that takes place in Boston. I've covered it for the past few years, and it's always been a great time First up, author S.L. Huang and I talk about the times she's been set on fire (seriously) while working as a stunt person and how this and martial arts training come into play in her work. We chat about villains and how they sometimes imitates life, particularly in this current...
Topics: Boston, Boskone, book, books, author, science fiction, fantasy
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On this week's show, I welcome back author and filmmaker Mikel Wisler to talk about his new book, “Sleepwalker,” a thrilling tale involving the bleeding edge of robotics and nanotechnology. We talk about the real vs. the fiction and how our own world mirrors the one he created. Next up, we're talking radio dramas! Writer Jim Newman of the podcast The Adventures of June Bug shares the origin story of this new series, how it was casted and the process of bringing these characters to life....
Topics: Boston, music, radio drama, book, author, thriller, superheroes
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Mar 2, 2019 Max Bowen
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Comic legend and creator of the Elephantmen series Richard Starkings opens the show. We talk about the concept behind his new series “Ask for Mercy” –available exclusively on ComiXology Originals —a tale of Nazi demons and the group of supernatural warriors tasked with stopping them. We also talk the “graying” of the world of comics and how it's impacted the characters of this and other titles. We spend some time on our favorite characters, the notion of hope and it's reflected in...
Topics: Boston, music, house music, comics, comic books, Elephantmen
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Comic legend and creator of the Elephantmen series Richard Starkings opens the show. We talk about the concept behind his new series “Ask for Mercy,” a tale of Nazi demons and the group of supernatural warriors tasked with stopping them. We also talk the “graying” of the world of comics and how it's impacted the characters of this and other titles. We spend some time on our favorite characters, the notion of hope and it's reflected in certain titles. Chicago-based house artist Matt...
Topics: Boston, music, house music, comics, comic books, Elephantmen
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Feb 24, 2019 Max Bowen
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Opening this week's podcast is horror author and haunt actress Christine Lajewski. We talk about the monster in her book, “Bonebelly” and her time working at haunted houses and how it's become a part of her book. We've even got a cool giveaway, so be sure to listen for the question. After that, industrial metal artist Otto Kinzel is back on the show with https://dustprophet.com/ Some old friends have returned to lend their talents to this new foursome and the result is some amazing metal....
Topics: Boston, music, industrial, metal, book, author, horror
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Feb 14, 2019 Max Bowen
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In this episode of Citywide Blackout, we continue our pre-Boskone coverage. Boskone is an annual fantasy and science fiction book festival that I've attended for years and always have a blast at. It's happening this weekend, Feb. 15-17, and you can learn more at boskone.org. First up, I talk to Portland, Oregon-based writer Fonda Lee about audiobooks and how to get the voices just write, her joy at writing fight scenes, and how to best prep for a convention like Boskone. Next up, it's author...
Topics: Boston, Boskone, book, author, science fiction, fantasy
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Feb 11, 2019 Max Bowen
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Welcome to our podcast preview of the annual Boskone book festival. First up is author Clea Simon —a newcomer to the Boskone family. She and I talk about the Boston music scene, which is the setting for her book “World Enough,” our favorite clubs, and how the it's changed over the years. She shares the story behind her new mystery novels, most of which have animals as the main characters. Fellow writer Gerald Coleman's resume is far too long to list, but we cover a lot of ground in this...
Topics: Boskone, books, book, author, science fiction, fantasy
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Feb 3, 2019 Max Bowen
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In this week's podcast, I sit down with Comfort and Adam , creators of one of my favorite comics, “Rainbow in the Dark,” now available on the Webtoon app. We talk about the wide array of characters and what each brings to the table, fan reaction to the story and how its changed their lives, and how these two made a career in the world of comics. Big thanks go to Kim Estlund for arranging the interview. Stick around, because I've also got some new music to share. First, it's “Imaginary...
Topics: comics, webtoon webcomic, music, new music
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Welcome back to another exciting episode of Citywide Blackout, your podcast home for the best in music, movies, and more. This week, it's all about the movies, as I chat with the New Hampshire-based foursome 19 Miles Per Hour. They recently released a new album and have had a great 2018 of shows, with more planned for the new year. Next we traipse down to Texas to speak with singer-songwriter Sonya Jevette . She too has had a lot happen, and we speak on her production company, how you get your...
Topics: music, local music, new music, Texas, New Hampshire, Australia
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Jan 19, 2019 Max Bowen
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On this week's episode of Citywide Blackout, I sit down with Raanan Bozzio, drummer of the band http://www.fact-pattern.com/ . This LA-based band is now in its third year and recently released a new single, “A Form To Be.” We talk movies, music, how the band first formed and their plans for 2019. Later, Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter Avi Wisnia and I hang out at The Twisted Tail to talk about his plans in the new year, and also how he came to Philly and his grandfather's influence on...
Topics: music, Philadelphia, LA, Citywide Blackout, new music, local music
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Jan 11, 2019 Max Bowen
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On this episode I sat down with Michael Terracciano, writer of the Star Power comic series. We talk about the characters and world of Star Power, plus the changes in the web comic world. Stick around after the interview for new music from the Terry Douglas Band, “The Devil That You Don't Know,” plus, from Liz Fawcett's new album “Start Again,” “New Times” and “Crazy Land.” ,” “New Times” and “Crazy Land.”
Topics: Boston, music, local music, new music, comics, comic book, superhero
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Jan 9, 2019 Max Bowen
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In this episode, Boston's own FBGM t alk to Max as they tour the East Coast with a stop in Philadelphia's Anthorna Gallery . And they've got some big new for 2019! Later on, Paul Pipitone of the Boston-based band Melt talks about their recent release and the changing music scene of the city.
Topics: Boston, Citywide Blackout, music, new music, local music, tour
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Dec 28, 2018 Max Bowen
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Part three of my podcast series from the 6th annual  ARIA  writer's expo. Lisa Gardener  talks about how to make great characters. Rebecca Harrington  shares tales of celebrity diets and social media faux pas. Sharon Contillo  tells us all about her book, “The Little Christmas Ornament.”ll about her book, “The Little Christmas Ornament.”
Topics: Rhode Island, author, authors, book, books, writer, writers
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Just in time for the holiday season, Jennifer Mlott opens the show to talk about her new album “Light Up Christmas” and her love for the holiday season. We talk about the work that went into this, her first album, and her upcoming new music. Jennifer also has a strong dance background that was incorporated into a recent music video. Author J. Lee walks us through the planning that went into his debut thriller, “The Hubley Case.” The book begins with the murder of American businessman...
Topics: Citywide Blackout, music, Christmas, new music, book, books, author, writing
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Dec 18, 2018 Max Bowen
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In the second episode of our podcast series from the Association of Rhode Island Author's annual expo, Gina Krupka shares her life coaching stories and how people can build a life of real happiness and not let the worries bring them down. Later, Steve Van Samson talks horror, metal music, and just how to navigate the perils of a post-apocalyptic world in his Predator World series.
Topics: Rhode Island, author, book, books, writer, writing, horror, self-help
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Dec 17, 2018 Max Bowen
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Welcome to the first podcast from Citywide Blackout's coverage of the Association of Rhode Island Author's annual expo. In this episode, I sit down with Hannah Goodman to talk about her book, “Till It Stops Beating,” the story of Seventeen-year-old Maddie Hickman’s senior year, a mix of good, bad, and WTF. Next up is K.D. Mason, who never really planned to get into writing and now finds himself with a successful long-running mystery series. He talks about how the first book came to be and...
Topics: Rhode Island, Citywide Blackout, author, book, writer, mystery, books, writing
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Jackie McLean of the band Roan Yellowthorn opens the show to talk about her new album and the work that went into it, her musical family and how they influenced her style. Next up is author V.S. Holmes who has a new podcast which grew from Marissa Frosch, co-founder of Amphibian Press Books. Holmes interviews authors and shares some of the stories of her experiences with this new venture. She also talks about how Amphibian Press started and how it's grown over the years, and the improved...
Topics: Citywide Blackout, music, rap, hip hop, books, fantasy, writer, author
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Dec 5, 2018 Max Bowen
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Here is the Citywide Blackout podcast from the annual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. I had the chance to attend the festival and speak to some of the amazing creatives who brought there drama, horror, documentary, comedy, and much more to the big screen. For this podcast, I spoke to: -Alex Chu, writer and director of “For Izzy” -Brett Kodama, writer and director of “Heartseeker” -Isaac Ho'op'i, subject of the documentary “Corridor Four” -Pratima Agrawal, a...
Topics: Citywide Blackout, Philadelphia, PAAFF, Asian American Film Festival, movie, filmmaker
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Nov 30, 2018 Max Bowen
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Our final episode of Citywide's Rhode Island Comic-Con coverage features interviews with authors R.K. Bentley and L.L. Craft. R.K. has a new book out, “ Where Weavers Daire,” first book in a series. The book blends sci-fi with fantasy elements, and is set 10 years after a devastating war. Three characters, a salvager, techomage and necromancer, find themselves on a course to Stuk's Hollow, where a New Year's celebration is bring something most unexpected. L.L. has a new book out as well,...
Topics: Rhode Island Comic-Con, comics, author, book, fantasy, science-fiction, erotica
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Country artist Sofia Lee Davis returns to Citywide to talk about her newest single, “I Don't Start Fights.” The timing of the song is talked about, given the current situation and the necessity of standing up for the underdog. While Sofia says she's not a fighter, she will take a stand when needed. She's also been playing a lot of shows, some down in Georgia, where she got to share a stage with the band Honey Candy, which she's been a huge fan of. Filmmaker and journalist Jun Stinson is...
Topics: Boston, music, musician, book, writer, writing, author
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Nov 20, 2018 Max Bowen
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Cosplayer Genevieve Marie talks about turning cosplay into a career and how internet has changed the old methods and given new options. She also shares a few icebreakers for meeting people at comic-cons. She was at RICC in part to represent Geekfest, a traveling geek show which recently completed its 2018 season. Sean Wang, creator of The Runners comic series, shares the story behind this mix of comedy and action that brings some character drama and great banter together. Sean also talks about...
Topics: Rhode Island Comic-Con, comics, cosplay, cosplayer, books, horror, writing
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Chris Ruediger , formerly of Boston, opens the show with a look at his time as a student in Nashville writing music and playing shows. He's got a lot of stories of the shows he's played and some of the venues he's been to, and also has some new music. Chris also talks about the various styles he's been playing and how he's developed as an artist. Author Lucie Content e is next in our series on writers in the Rhode Island Authors Expo. She's written two books on gluten-free cooking that take a...
Topics: Boston, Philadelphia, music movies, PAAFF, film festival, WEMF Radio