Wait, book signings you say? What is he talking about?   This:   Coming to Amazon on Nov. 14th (at this link) will be the second volume of my short stories. Ebook format.   And now, the kicker: paperbacks are only available at signings. Such as these card shops in RI/MA:   Scholar’s Games: Friday, Oct. 20th, 5p-9p 244 Liberty St., Brockton, MA 02301 (774) 627-7748 (Located in the right-most building.)   Game King: Saturday, Oct. 21, 2p-7p Come to Game King’s 5th Anniversary! There will be other artists and writers! 120 S. Main St., Fall River, MA 02721 (508) 676-9900   The Annex: Saturday,Read More →

  “I Got A Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival” by Rick Massimo Wesleyan Press – out tomorrow 4.5 / 5   We are a hard sell on reads, especially nonfiction. We are incredible biased. And we feel that Rick Massimo, formerly of Providence Journal fame, is one of perhaps two reporters we could imagine who’d put together such a fine history of our favorite festival. (The other being the oft-quoted Jim Gillis in this book, retired from The Newport Daily News.) This history is coming out tomorrow. It is as exhaustive as it gets: several sources, dozens of interviews, archival reviews, et ceteraRead More →

Relaxing in the garden. Laura Marling takes a break from her tour to smell the… ivy. (C) Hollie Fernando. The Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton, MA. Sun. 5-14-17, Doors 7p, Show 7:30p. $25.Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA. Tues. 5-16-17, Doors 7p, Show 8p. $25. As soon as we listened to Semper Femina, we knew we had to see this British folk songstress. Recording music as a nineteen-year-old, Laura Marling’s career includes impressing Ryan Adams enough that he threw away an album and re-recorded Ashes & Fire, all at an age most girls stumble around drunk because it’s legal. At the age of 27 today, Marling has releasedRead More →

Photo (c) Matthew Keefer Today, we’ve got a little surprise for y’all. For y’all readers, of course. But also writers. Our compatriots at the No Extra Words podcast have a “Writer Spaces” series, and we thought we’d tag along, offer our “writer space.” Their series is about where you go to write. See photo above. And then hear the essay at this Soundcloud link. Titled “Writing Without Words.” Hope y’all enjoy the essay! And if not, you’ll all enjoy our “A House Burning,” also featured on the No Extra Words podcast from Nov. 2015, just click right here for it. Peace out,-Mgmt.Read More →

Hi y’all!We’ve got a little surprise for you. Hint hint: What does this photo mean?? Wait and see… (c) Matthew Keefer The No Extra Words podcast is running a cool little series call “Writer Spaces” wherein previously published authors (such as yours truly) describe their writing spaces in audio-form. Here’s the next few scheduled posts: -Episode 75, Feb. 17 (later today!!)-Episode 77, Mar. 17-Episode 78, Mar. 31 – OUR AUDIO ESSAY FEATURED HERE!!-Episode 81, May 12 So yes. Check out No Extra Words on their site, or iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts (or all of the above). And be sure to stop byRead More →

Gettin’ ready to shoot some musicians. With a camera. Yeah, awk. (c) Pamela Almeida Welcome to the new year! It’s 2017! Everything is ending! We haven’t monetized this tiny little blog with ads and other obnoxiousness, buuuut… we thought this was a cool idea to hear what ch’all have to say. How can you get a say? Check out the right side of the blog – a Paypal/Credit Card donate button! Woo hoo! We’re asking $1 – for a suggestion of a CD review you want (current year only); $3 for an artist interview. Mostly, we wanna hear what you want to read. Might asRead More →

Kyle Morton circa the solemn 1930s (B&W). Photo (c) Jeremy Paul Hernandez. Rough Trade NYC, New York, NY. Fri. 1-20-17, Doors 8p, Show 9p. $15.Cafe 393, Boston, MA. Sat. 01-21-17, Doors 7:30p, Show 8p. SOLD OUT. In case you were unaware, we are obsessed with Typhoon. You might want to read our review of their debut full-length White Lighter from 2013 – one of two 5 / 5’s on this little blog (the other belonging to Deer Tick). It’s a brilliant album, we can safely say. So when we saw Kyle Morton’s solo tour, the same Mr. Morton who is primary songwriter and singer forRead More →

Illus. by Alessandra Briggs, www.alliebriggs.com Our second collection of shorts and poems is going to be released on Amazon all through 2017. If you purchased a digital copy of Vol. 1, well congrats, because you’re getting an update (or rather, several updates) that will be Vol. 2. Gratis. We’re starting with a flash fiction and a poem, for now. A thank you for your support. We’ve spoiled the titles of the new stories, and a ToC for you. Here’s the Amazon link right here. We’ll be putting the new stories up one-by-one, just because we thought it’d be fun. And we’re brewing in our head aRead More →

Lookin’ for these? Rare tickets (from 2015) It’s the annual hot spot for music-philes: the Newport Folk Fest. But, tragically, tickets are sold out. What’s a Flight of the Conchords fan to do? First: -If you can’t get in, there are Aftershows in downtown Newport. Even though it’s often for one musician, Newport is notorious for having several guests from the Festival. The Aftershows are often a mini-Folk Fest in and of themselves (with Deer Tick a frequent flier). To do: follow Newport Folk Festival on Facebook/Twitter, or sign up for their mailing list (www.newportfolk.org). Keep in mind, seating is very limited at these venues,Read More →