Artist Interview with Gene Shinozaki, professional beatboxer

After getting his start as a busker on the streets of Boston, Gene Shinozaki has gone on to become a world class professional beatboxer, musician, performer and artist. He sat down with me recently via telephone to answer a few questions abou the state of beatboxing and what he has planned for the upcoming All…

Female in Rock: Engaging Males, Embracing Allies

*Guest post by Anna Rae ©2017.   *Illustration by Kip Lyall Not long ago I was on a walk with a friend of mine who is a male musician. I was railing about the fact that young females are forced to think about adorning their bodies and pandering for male attention, while young males are…

Interview with an Artist: Mark Lipman

One of the hardest parts of being an artist, in any discipline, is trying to “make it,” and then of course,  finding time for your art especially if you have an additional career.   Recently I sat down with Mark Lipman, a local musician, who recently released his first Ep “Goodbye Copilot,” to discuss what it’s…

Rolling into Summer at the Donna Summer Memorial Roller Disco Dance Party

At the Donna Summer Memorial Roller Disco Dance Party there wasn’t just disco dancing.  Yes, there was a mobile dance floor where disco dancing was encouraged and yes, there was also a roller skating rink, but there was also interactive art, coloured lights, food, live performances, drag performances, retro fashion, crazy wigs, sequins and lots…

Music and Community converge at the Somerville Porchfest

With my fingers crossed for no rain, I headed to Somerville’s PorchFest last Saturday May 16th.   Started in 2011 PorchFestis a decentralized music show/crawl that spans Somerville over the course of an afternoon.  Its exactly the kind of event that you expect in an area known for its high density of artists and students, where…